Juliette Binoche

GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)

 

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A film by Rupert Sanders

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche

Here is an adaptation of Shirow Masume’s original manga cult comics. In the near future Major is one of the kind after a crash they were able to save her brain but gave her a synthetic body. her purpose in life is to catch criminals.

Not too bad for a science fiction film here a robot with a human brain. Can they think like a human and if so will she able to do the job that they want her to do. There is a share parallel with Ridley Scott’s  Blade Runner however the visual is stunning and colourful the story is developed like a thriller like a film Neo-noir. The Asian-inspired City is filled, tall and tightly metallic buildings peppered with bright neon holographic signboards. It feels like the 80’s but in the future like A retro 80’s futuristic. As the story moves along Major (Scarlett Johansson) gets some kind of a glitch now and then. As she is after a hacker who tried to kill some officials the glitches gets worse. The skin-tight latex suit that Johansson wear and even the other outfit are outstanding. For me how ever it feels like I already saw that film some where. I was left there could be more like a twist in the story. Maybe it is just me.

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MA LOUTE (2016)

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A film by Bruno Dumont

Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

English title: Bay of slack. 

Summer 1910 Bay of Slack in northern France. Mysterious disappearances set horror in the region. The unlikely Machin inspector and his assistant sagacious Malfoy are (mis) leading the investigation.

Here is a great film by Dumont where Fabrice Luchini went to the Cannes film festival to present the film. Luchini calls him a genius at which he had a great time making this film. Bruno Dumont mixed non-professional actor with professional actor in this stylize period piece so beautifully well filmed. The photography is delightful as well as the film. Since the series P’tit Quinquin Dumont as a taste for comedy and here is one that is somewhat sensitive of the poor thrown in there the rich and some people disappearing and Two police detective who does not know what they are doing not knowing what is going on around them like cannibalism, incest, arbitrary assault and levitations, Dumont creates this slick world in the early 1900. Throw in a love affair with a boy who wants to be a girl or vice versa you have yourself a quirky comedy of the year. Not too many people outside France is going to like this one, but I do.

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A THOUSAND TIMES GOOD NIGHT (2014)

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A film by Erik Poppe

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lauryn Canny

Rebecca is an internationally renowned war photographer. While she is on assignment in Afghanistan to follow a group of women preparing a suicide attack, she is seriously wounded by the explosion of a bomb. Back home in Ireland, recovering from this trauma, it must face another trauma. Marcus, her husband and Stephanie, his oldest daughter of 13, no longer bear the anguish that she might or might not make it home . Rebecca, who is torn between the suffering she inflicted on his family and his passion photojournalist, is facing an ultimatum: choose between his job and his family. But can you really escape his vocation, as dangerous as it is? Wii she adjust to the home life?

Here is a film that will make you think. Poppe with a stroke of genius to cast Juliette Binoche in this film here is an actress who is driven by her career and to want to make the world a better place to live looking at global warning. The film just got release today in France so I decided to see it but didn’t know what the film was about and to my surprise this subject matter was not too much done before not in that way. You see Poppe was a war photographer for years before he became a director. The thing is that Rebecca loves her job and she is fearless at it. She goes with a group of women who prepare for a suicide attack and goes with her which she takes the last picture of the woman before she is going to blow herself and people around her. The dilemma is when she returns home from the hospital she is put to the test she is trying to keep her family together. Her youngest girl does not realize the danger that her mom is in at her job, all she knows is that she is coming back no matter what. The oldest know the dangers of it so does her husband. It is a rough job but someone has to do it and fortunately there is a lot of them that love this job. Some of them even get kill doing it. Rebecca is not for the home life too much she likes the adventure that the job brings her, so it is a little tough for her. And for a woman to do this job she feels that she is abandoning her family. You see she wants her photograph to make a difference in the world she wants people to see them. The cinematography is superb here I except no less from an ex-photographer. Juliette Binoche has done a great job here like always no doubt. The ending is perfect and raw to the core.

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CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 (2013)

A film by Bruno Dumont.
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Emmanuel Kauffman.
Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France – where she will never sculpt again – the chronicle of Camille Claudel’s reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
Camille nor the audience are entirely clear about why she was incarcerated, or at least, why she remains so. What little back story we are given is relayed principally by Camille herself, and in a manner that suggests more eccentricity than madness. The dialogue is minimal. Nice sound track. Juliette Binoche shines as Camille A stroke of genius from her part. As well as for the director. Camille’s brother Paul is played by Vincent in turns both tender and cold.

TROIS COULEURS: WHITE (1994)

Karol (Polish) marries Domininque (French) and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and Dominique divorces Karol, forcing him into the life of a metro beggar and eventually back to Poland. However, he never forgets Dominique and while building a new life for himself. Cameo: [Juliette Binoche and Florence Pernel] stars of Three Colors: Blue, make appearances in this film. Almost every shot in the movie contains at least one white object.

 

TROIS COULEURS: BLUE (1993)

Three Colors: Blue is the first part of Kieslowski’s trilogy on France’s national motto: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. Blue is the story of Julie who loses her husband, an acclaimed European composer and her young daughter in a car accident. The film’s theme of liberty is manifested in Julie’s attempt to start life a new free of personal commitments, belongings grief and love. For the shot where Julie scrapes her hand along a stone wall, Juliette Binoche was originally supposed to wear a prosthetic to protect her hand, but it looked too obvious on camera. Binoche felt the scene was important enough that she actually dragged her unprotected hand along the wall, drawing real blood. In a scene where Olivier has tracked down Julie but is then ignored by her, there is a close-up of Julie allowing a sugar cube to soak up her coffee. Deeming that the sugar cube had to soak up the coffee in precisely 5 seconds, Krzysztof Kieslowski had his assistant director test multiple brands (which soaked with coffee anywhere from 3 to 11 seconds) to find one that took just the correct time. AS won best film and best actress at the Venice film festival.