SERAPHINE (Martin Provost, 2008)

“When she wasn’t mopping the floor, she was painting.” A great film about the creative impulse and forces either supporting or arrayed against it, Martin Provost’s Séraphine is about Séraphine Louis, the modern primitive painter later known as Séraphine de Senlis, after the town, outside Paris, where she worked as a domestic. Nearing fifty, Séraphine […]

MADEO (Bong Joon-ho, 2009)

South Korean writer-director Bong Joon-ho’s The Host (Gwoemul, 2006) is a terrific thriller about (among other things) familial commitment and love. Whereas that film centers on a father’s love for his young daughter, Bong’s Madeo (Mother), also a terrific thriller about familial commitment and love, centers on a woman’s love for her mentally challenged, twentysomething […]