la fille inconnue

Review: La fille inconnue (The Unknown Girl)

You know that old saying “Lesser Dardennes is still better than most anything else?” OK, it’s not an old saying because I just made it up. But it should be. Because with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes, movies that fall several notches down on their list of achievements are significantly better than the vast bulk of…

By Jonathan Eig
numbers One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Numbers in Movie Titles: From One to Twelve

From 21 Grams to 47 Ronin. 99 Homes to 127 Hours. 2001: A Space Odyssey to One Million Years B.C. Yes, numbers in movie titles have been a thing. Not a meaningful thing, but then again “ten lords a leaping” isn’t the most meaningful of gifts either. Yet legend has it that if you give…

By Jonathan Eig
Two Days One Night

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne’s ‘Two Days One Night’

The insanely versatile Marion Cotillard gives a near career best performance as Sandra in Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days One Night. This is a perfect example of minimalist storytelling allowing for performance and emotion to take centre stage. Sandra (Cotillard) has come out of the hospital to some very unwelcome news; during her…

By Christopher Maynard