Tag Archives: Kristin Scott Thomas

Tomb Raider

HER LEGEND BEGINS.  After the disappearance of her father (Dominic West), Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) finds a secret message from him and heads to Hong Kong to follow in his tracks… Here’s a reboot that works better than the Angelina Jolie movies, introducing a younger, more grounded Lara Croft who’s less of a comic-book character; … Continue reading Tomb Raider

Darkest Hour: More Than Just Oldman

NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER GIVE IN. In 2014, there were two different Winston Churchill projects in development. Producer Douglas Urbanski, who was also Gary Oldman’s manager, kept nagging the actor to play the prime minister, but he dismissed the idea, unable to picture himself as Churchill. At the same time, producer Eric Fellner had his … Continue reading Darkest Hour: More Than Just Oldman

The Party

A COMEDY OF TRAGIC PROPORTIONS.  After being announced as shadow minister for health, Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is having a group of friends and allies over to celebrate, but some of them have startling news. A well-received comedy from Sally Potter that satirizes politics by arranging a dinner that turns into a farce even before … Continue reading The Party

In the House

THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY IN.  French teacher Germain Germain (Fabrice Luchini) becomes fascinated with a story written by one of his 16-year-old students, Claude (Ernst Umhauer), that has him essentially spying on the family of a classmate. It’s easy to find yourself in the position of Luchini’s teacher, drawn into a boy’s voyeuristic fantasies detailed … Continue reading In the House

Keeping Mum

SOME FAMILY SECRETS ARE BEST KEPT… BURIED. When a new housekeeper (Maggie Smith) arrives in an English hamlet to work for the vicar (Rowan Atkinson) and his family, strange but not entirely negative things begin to happen. A very pleasant and cozy comedy with traditionally English streaks of darkness. The atmosphere is just right, with … Continue reading Keeping Mum

The Other Boleyn Girl

IN A TIME WHEN A WOMAN’S DESTINY WAS DETERMINED BY HER FATHER, ONE SISTER FOLLOWED THE RULES. THE OTHER DEFIED THEM.  In 1520s England, Queen Catherine is unable to give Henry VIII (Eric Bana) a son and the King’s attention wanders to two beautiful sisters, the Boleyns (Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson)… The story of Anne … Continue reading The Other Boleyn Girl

The Woman in the Fifth

American novelist Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) arrives in Paris, tries to get in touch with his estranged family, rents a room in a shabby place… and meets a mysterious woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) who lives in the fifth arrondissement. Roman Polanski might as well have served as a consultant on this project; the environs, claustrophobic … Continue reading The Woman in the Fifth

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

When the Yemeni Sheikh wants to introduce salmon fishing in his country, Britain’s leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is hired to take on the challenge… even though he doesn’t believe in the project at all. Paul Torday’s novel, which is based on real events, has often been described as “original”, which is hardly a word one … Continue reading Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

I’ve Loved You So Long

After serving a 15-year long prison sentence, Juliette Fontaine (Kristin Scott Thomas) moves in with her sister’s (Elsa Zylberstein) family and tries to find her place in society again. Author Philippe Claudel’s filmmaking debut sounds familiar themes for those who know him – there’s even a character who works as a teacher in prison, just … Continue reading I’ve Loved You So Long

Tell No One

8 YEARS AGO, ALEX’S WIFE WAS MURDERED. TODAY… SHE E-MAILED HIM. Eight years after the murder of his wife, Alexandre Beck (François Cluzet) receives a mysterious e-mail and finds himself the subject of a police investigation. Guillaume Canet skillfully delivers a tense, visually attractive and well-acted thriller that looks distinctly American. The set-up is familiar … Continue reading Tell No One