She’s a beautiful gifted performer, but her work is not the sort that invites popular acclaim. Read More »
Tag Archives: Alain Tanner
Charles, Dead or Alive AKA Charles mort ou vif (1969) Alain Tanner, François Simon, Marcel Robert, Marie-Claire Dufour
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Les années lumière AKA Light Years Away (1981) Alain Tanner, Trevor Howard, Mick Ford, Bernice Stegers
A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds. Read More »
The film relates the painful ending of a love story binding an over-30-year-old woman and a North African Read More »
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976) Alain Tanner, Myriam Boyer, Jean-Luc Bideau, Miou-Miou, Drama
The European equivalent of “The Return of the Secaucus 7,” this Swiss film looks at the lives of several men and women in their 30s as they confront the slim gains of the “revolutionary” sixties. Read More »
Dans la ville blanche / In the White City (1983) Alain Tanner, Bruno Ganz, Teresa Madruga, Julia Vonderlinn, Drama
A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship “a floating factory of crazy people.” He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, describing the whiteness of the city, the solitude and the silence. He sends his love and emptiness; she replies with love and confusion. He sends movies from his 8mm camera. Then he becomes friendly with Rosa, a chambermaid, and soon it’s a love affair. He continues to send letters and movies home. His Swiss lover is hurt and angry; she sends an ultimatum.
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This uneven drama concerns the efforts of an aspiring filmmaker to include an unwilling female in his production. Paul finds difficulty deciding on a location for his film and angrily throws out his script. Jean is the film student who is sent by Paul to track down Dara and recruit her for the feature. All three end up in Brooklyn, where Dara’s father believes Paul and Jean are only interested in having sex with his daughter.
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Le milieu du monde / The Middle of the World (1974) Alain Tanner, Olimpia Carlisi, Philippe Léotard, Juliet Berto
Paul is married, a successful engineer, and a conservative candidate in an upcoming local election. He falls in love with Adriana, a café waitress from Italy. Paul’s party is very critical of foreign labour and wants to keep Switzerland to the Swiss. Where Paul falls deeper and deeper into the relationship and is ready to leave his wife, Adriana feels the social pressure growing and has to make her own decision.
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