Quite a contrast between our two titles this week, as the difference in the BBFC ratings (18 and U) indicates.
Tuesday’s film, L’Amant Double, is another teasing thriller from director François Ozon, much in the style of his earlier Swimming Pool (2003) and The New Girlfriend (2014), and based on the novel Lives of the Twins (UK title Kindred Passions) by Joyce Carol Oates, writing under the pseudonym Rosemond Smith (quite a few ‘doubles’ in there!) This promises to be “a disorienting deep dive into the subconscious and the sexual fantasies of a fragile young woman” (The Observer), and we don’t want to give away any spoilers, so instead a few words about Jacqueline Bisset, who you can see in the still above with co-star Marine Vacth.
Like other well-known stars, including Kristin Scott Thomas, Jane Birkin and Charlotte Rampling, she is a Francophile actress. Her mother was French – she cycled from Paris and boarded a British troop transport in order to escape the Germans during World War II according to Wikipedia – and Bisset herself was educated at the Lycée Français in London. She appeared in Day for Night, François Truffaut’s 1973 homage to film-making – where she plays an American actress and much play is made of her appearance in Bullitt (1968) – and La Cérémonie (1995), directed by Claude Chabrol, which gained her a Best Supporting Actress César (the French Oscar) nomination. Still very busy, as her IMDb listing shows, having worked on five films and a TV series so far this year.
In time for the school holidays, on Thursday we have Mary and the Witch’s Flower, the first film from Studio Ponoc, which is based on Mary Stewart’s book The Little Broomstick. Following the closure of Studio Ghibli, a number of its staff, including director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, formed Studio Ponoc – ponoc means midnight, or the beginning of a new day. Read More………….