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ISMAEL’S GHOSTS
LES FANTÔMES D’ISMAËL
2017, Magnolia Pictures, 135 min, France, Dir: Arnaud Desplechin

Twenty-one years ago, she ran away; now Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of the film-within-a-film’s protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel), who, in a nod to earlier Desplechin films, is the brother of recurring character Paul Dédalus. With ISMAEL’S GHOSTS, Desplechin returns once more to the past and proves yet again that his brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places. This is the full-length director’s cut of the film, 20 minutes longer and markedly different in tone from the version that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.


THE RABBI’S CAT
LE CHAT DU RABBIN
2011, Gkids, 89 min, France, Dir: Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux

This Cesar winner for Best Animated Feature is set in Algeria in the 1930s, where a cat swallows a parrot and gains the power of speech. The feline’s owner is a widowed rabbi with a beautiful teenage daughter, and the cat’s outrageous running commentary shifts from philosophical to skeptical to lustful at a moment’s notice. Based on a popular graphic novel by Sfar (one of France’s most acclaimed comic artists as well as a filmmaker), THE RABBI’S CAT swirls with Chagall-like colors, Daumier-esque caricatures, and backgrounds so richly detailed you’ll forget they’re drawings. An Annie Award nominee for Best Animated Feature and Best Directing in an Animated Feature! In French with English subtitles.


QUANTUM OF SOLACE
2008, MGM/Park Circus, 106 min, UK, USA, Dir: Marc Forster

The most recent installment of the James Bond franchise picks up right where CASINO ROYALE left off, with 007 (Daniel Craig) out for revenge against the men who killed his lover. The shadowy Quantum organization appears to be involved, and when Bond starts to track down its agents, the trail leads to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), an environmentalist with an interest in the Bolivian countryside that's hardly benevolent, and Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko), the man's lover, who is also on a mission of revenge. Yet another huge hit, the 22nd Bond film - the next, SKYFALL, is on deck for release later this year - further raised the bar for action sequences with several hair-raising chases over air, land and water.


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