INNOCENCE (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2004)

Although it relates symbolically to reality from the get-go, Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s mesmerizing debut feature, Innocence, unfolds as a dream. In a fairy-tale forest its girls’ boarding school, to which new students arrive in coffins and parents never visit, eludes definition, literalism. The French film opens with the transport of an indeterminate something that I guess […]

LE PETIT SOLDAT (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)

French censors held back the release of Jean-Luc Godard’s Le petit soldat for three years—until after the Algerian War. It’s the love story of two young terrorists. Unbeknownst to her boyfriend, Véronique belongs to the National Liberation Front, which is dedicated to the cause of Algierian independence from colonialist France; Bruno, to the right-wing, nationalist […]