The Ring Finger (L’annulaire, 2005)

While Ogawa’s fiction, too, explores diverse subjects, some basic patterns are discernible. She prefers first-person female narrators with simple, almost naïve voices that balance a sense of intimacy with a paradoxical emotional reserve. These narrators are often … going through … Continue reading

Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os, 2012)

The French director Jacques Audiard’s excellent previous film, A Prophet (Un prophète, 2009), was a prison gangster story. Rust and Bone, while its protagonist comes from a similar sub-working-class milieu, couldn’t be any more different in genre. It’s a melodrama, … Continue reading

Chicken with Plums (Poulet aux prunes, 2011)

This is the second film from Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. The first, Persepolis (2007), was an animated film based on Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir about growing up in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. Chicken with Plums is again set … Continue reading