So there I was, just cold sitting around listening to the best album of the 90s, Black Grape’s It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah, reading up about upcoming film series potentially of interest to the readers of this here fine blog, as you do. Here is what I have learned.
Guys, the Brooklyn Academy of Music has more than just music! Like, movies and stuff. Wild. Including a series, starting today and continuing through the end of the weekend, every day spotlighting a recent French film. Of the five spotlighted, the by-consensus most interesting is The Secret of the Grain (screening Thursday), a teeming multiculti vision of family and food on France’s Mediterranean coast, widely praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic. (This is, ironically or not ironically, also the film that it’s the least urgent to see, as it’s coming out around Christmastime.) I myself am mostly intrigued by Angel (pictured; screening Saturday), the first English-language film from the Sirk-via-Fassbinder acolyte FranÃ§ois Ozon — it’s a period romance set around Victorian-era England, complete with sumptuous sets and costumes and stylized emotions, and will be either an overwhelming experience, a canny pastiche, or an overstuffed disaster. Tonight, things start with All Is Forgiven, the directorial debut of the actress Mia Hansen-LÃ¸ve, which bridges a decade in the life of a mother, daughter and their smack-addicted patriarch. Like Shaun Ryder, sort of!