Here are all our reviews of European movies, including French, Belgian, British, Danish films and more.

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Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

in Belgian Movies

Brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (The Kid with a Bike, The Son) have built their reputation on a social-conscious body of work which gathered several awards, including two prestigious Palmes d’or at Cannes  – for Rosetta and L’enfant – and their latest entry certainly continues the tradition: Two Days, One Night follows Sandra (Marion Cotillard – Rust & Bone, La […]

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Reality

Reality

in French Movies

In just 4 years, Quentin Dupieux has established himself as one of the most iconoclastic filmmakers on the international film circuit and with Reality he delivers his most ambitious and weirdest work to date – which says a lot. The French director who also had a successful electronic music career as Mr. Oizo came under the spotlight with his second […]

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The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January

in British Movies

Known for her twisted psychological thrillers, American novelist Patricia Highsmith has been an insatiable source for movie adaptations, some of them being highly successful, from Rene Clement’s French film Purple Noon starring Alain Delon (her ideal incarnation of Ripley) to Wim Wenders’ American Friend and Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.  Taking on a lesser known Patricia Highsmith novel, The […]

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Frank

Frank

in Irish Movies

While based on Frank Sidebottom, a stand-up comic/artist/musician from Manchester who was wearing an over-sized fake papier-mâché head while performing, Jon Ronson’s script takes however this story in a different direction, veering from real facts to create an absurd comedy and a satire of hipsters – the release of Frank couldn’t actually have come at a better time as the acclaimed […]

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Nymphomaniac: Volume 2

Nymphomaniac: Volume 2

in Danish movies

Nymphomaniac’s second volume is a whole different affair (read our vol.1 review here) as the film takes a darker turn. While for the first 30mn Joe’s saga seems to continue as a joyous escapade – more particularly a sequence reminiscent of When Harry Meets Sally and a scene featuring an amusing ménage à trois – the story quickly changes tones […]

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Nymphomaniac: Volume 1

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1

in Danish movies

As I was watching the first volume of Lars Von Trier’s sex epic, Nymphomaniac, I couldn’t really figure out what all the fuss is about as this film isn’t as shocking as the mainstream media might want you to believe. Sure it does feature abundant full frontal nudity and explicit sex scenes – with some porn actors performing as “stunt” […]

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Stranger By The Lake

Stranger By The Lake

in French Movies

Stranger By The Lake is an intriguing film. Capturing the simple beauty of nature, observing quietly and candidly its characters, Alain Guiraudie’s work could certainly be seen as naturalistic. The camera often stands still, whether it’s to listen to conversations, follow a swimmer in the lake or watch those naked bodies. Every day is shown as a ritual, which starts […]

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Baby Blues

Baby Blues

in Polish Movies

The one thing that came to my mind while watching Polish filmmaker Katarzyna Roslaniec’s second feature – she got noticed at the Toronto film festival with her debut Mall Girls – is the fact that this story is universal and could be happening anywhere. The film follows Natalia (Magdanela Berus), a teenage mom whose life is a constant struggle: she […]

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Les Hommes

Les Hommes

in French Film Noir, French Movies

Les Hommes is the debut effort from Daniel Vigne who, 10 years later, found success with the medieval tale The Return of Martin Guerre. Les Hommes can easily fall into the unofficial subgenre of crime films set in Marseille along several major hits taking place in this French harbor, from Jean-pierre Melville’s Le Deuxième Souffle to William Friedkin’s French Connection […]

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Blue Is The Warmest Color

Blue Is The Warmest Color

in French Movies

It would be a mistake to only remember Blue Is The Warmest Color for its sex scenes showing bodies closely, without taboo or shame. Those beautiful, extended sequences – one of them lasting 7 minutes – depict the passion between Adèle, a high school girl who likes literature and want to be a teacher and Emma, an art student who […]

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The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

in Belgian Movies

In just three films, the Belgian/American duo Peter Brosens & Jessica WoodWorth has built a surprisingly haunting body of work, each of their movies focusing on the relationship between man and nature, which they explore through a naturalistic and surrealist lens. After visiting a couple distant desolated locations – Mongolia in Khadak and Peru in Altiplano – the screenwriters/directors head […]

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The Hunt

The Hunt

in Danish movies

Following recent and milder works, Thomas Vinterberg returns to the source, with a film in the vein of his critical success, the tormented Festen. Through the portraits of a family shattered by incest and a disoriented community dealing with a child abuse case, the director uses this film to vehicle his fears. Wrongly accused by the daughter of his best friend of having […]

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Borgman

Borgman

in Dutch Movies

And they came down to Earth to strengthen their ranks. This mysterious quote penned by the director and highlighted in the opening credits can be used to understand – or interpret – this film. Borgman is a cruel, strange and disturbing tale, which emphasizes Alex Van Warmerdam’s talent for dark humor – watch his previous work Les Habitants to get […]

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