In what might be termed Russo-Shakespearean noir, a ruthless woman's adulterous affair with a drifter sets in motion a chain-reaction of murder and deception in a remote village in 19th Century Mtsensk.
Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella... See full summary »
It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.
Seen years ago at the Sydney Film Festival in the full power of black-and-white Scope 35mm, the memory has never left me. Even on Tv in the tremendous, properly subtitled Classics on Australia's wonderful SBS network, still heartrending and awesome. This is the most intensely dedicated female in the history of movies. Bette Davis, eat your heart out. Joan Crawford, vanquished at last. Condoleezza, we know where you come from!
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