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Lisa Nesselson

Lisa Nesselson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) A bittersweet delight written to order for two consummate performers who inhabit their diametrically opposed characters with satisfying élan.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
43% Barrage (2017) The style is minimalist and meandering but does eventually add up to an unsettling portrait of three generations connected by blood if not affection.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
36% The Great Wall (2017) A battle sequence is never far away and motivations remain credible within the parameters of popcorn-movie silliness, played straight.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2017
80% Nocturama (2016) Bertrand Bonello's Paris-set Nocturama does a riveting job of observing a group of young people who think it's a good idea to do what should be unthinkable.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
38% Down By Love (Éperdument) (2016) This increasingly unsettling tale sets the bar as high as electrified prison walls and would probably veer towards silliness were it not for the very fine work by its two leads Adele Exarchopoulos and Guillaume Gallienne.‐ Screen International
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2016
89% Elle (2016) Suspenseful and unsettling from first frame to last ...‐ Screen International
Posted May 22, 2016
93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) With unpretentious poetry to spare, Dutch illustrator and animator Michael Dudok de Wit winningly expands to feature length the verve that has been evident in his award-winning short films for two decades.‐ Screen International
Posted May 20, 2016
86% Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) A rewarding take on coupledom told with satisfying visual flair.‐ Screen International
Posted May 18, 2016
100% My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017) Sustains a tone that acknowledges that life is a blend of good news and bad but that kindness and compassion can cut through a great deal of soul-crushing adversity.‐ Screen International
Posted May 15, 2016
No Score Yet Dogs (Câini) (2016) Mirica makes a very assured feature debut, juggling an accretion of sinister clues and slow-burn allegiances at a low-key pace kept humming thanks to attention-getting widescreen panache.‐ Screen International
Posted May 15, 2016
100% Like Crazy (La pazza gioia) (2016) This is a crowd-pleasing bittersweet comedy in which tragic circumstances are attenuated by moral support from unusual quarters.‐ Screen International
Posted May 15, 2016
No Score Yet Victoria (2016) In Bed with Victoria (Victoria) has its moments but too often falls short of the "oomph" that renders a comedy special.‐ Screen International
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/5 100% Ilo Ilo (2014) Nobody in Jiale's extended family is happy for long but neither are they miserable. The film achieves a quietly impressive balance as human behaviour swings from serious to funny and back again.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted May 3, 2016
91% The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016) An unflinching look at deteriorating working -- and non-working -- conditions for the common man and woman in contemporary France.‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 28, 2016
70% The Wait (L'attesa) (2016) Messina is a young talent to watch.‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 23, 2016
95% Marguerite (2016) Despite its running time, the film's suspense lasts until the final frames. The musical score -- both on-and-off key -- is splendid.‐ Screen International
Posted Mar 8, 2016
39% Jane Got a Gun (2016) What's on screen is, for the most part, both suspenseful and entertaining if comfortably familiar.‐ Screen International
Posted Jan 28, 2016
79% Evolution (2016) A sustained visual tour-de-force that's the opposite of a popcorn movie.‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 14, 2015
70% Wolf Totem (2015) Jean-Jacques Annaud adds another visually bold adventure tale to his filmography with Wolf Totem.‐ Screen International
Posted Sep 9, 2015
100% Elle L'adore (2015) First-time director Jeanne Herry delivers a sardonic comedy propelled by spot-on performances in Elle l'adore.‐ Screen International
Posted Aug 31, 2015
89% My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) (2016) A Frencher-than-French tale of deeply-anchored yet partially thwarted romance, Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days is touching, involving and very well acted.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 20, 2015
79% 24 Days (2015) Alexandre Arcady's film is wrenching and politically astute.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 20, 2015
26% Dark Places (2015) Audiences who like twisty narratives laced with wrenching revelations should be pleased with this satisfyingly downbeat thriller.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 7, 2015
5/5 96% The Artist (2011) Touching and entertaining in equal measure.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2015
72% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014) Assembled with flair, Magician: The Astonishing Life And Work Of Orson Welles is a lively and entertaining documentary that positively swings with informative forward momentum.‐ Screen International
Posted Dec 9, 2014
3.5/5 94% Whiplash (2014) Chazelle finds the cinematic equivalent of the white hat/black hat showdown in a classic Western but imbues it with equal parts physicality and intellectual grit.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 58% Saint Laurent (2015) It's said that one must suffer to be beautiful. Thrilling in places, self-indulgent in others, Saint Laurent strongly suggests that one must suffer to make others beautiful.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2014
3.5/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) Just about everybody in The Immigrant may have misplaced their copy of the Declaration of Human Rights, but a perfectly sung operatic note needs no administrative documents to work its magic.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2014
45% Yves Saint Laurent (2014) Yves Saint Laurent does an effective job of condensing two decades in the life of the justly celebrated clothing designer into a series of pithy vignettes carried along by genuine emotion and a superb central performance.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 23, 2014
4.5/5 91% Nebraska (2013) If you see only one black and white film disguised as a road movie this year or next, make it Nebraska.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2014
89% Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule - La vallée des fourmis perdues) (2014) A dialogue-free bug saga carried along by brilliant sound effects, an epic score and delightful animation in the service of an incredibly basic yet endlessly inventive story.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 4, 2014
62% L'écume des jours (Mood Indigo) (2014) This over-eager approach will grow tiresome for many viewers but, in its defense, an overload of hand-made creativity feels a lot healthier than watching endless CGI or CGI + 3D assault one's retinas.‐ Screen International
Posted Apr 23, 2013
3/4 84% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! (2013) It's, like, totally, like, "meta." Metaphorical, metaphysical. It's also pretty amusing.‐ Chicago Sun-Times
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2013
5/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) A loving homage to everything from Frankenstein to Godzilla by way of cosy American suburbia circa the analogue era, Frankenweenie makes superb use of black-and-white and shades of grey, thoughtful lighting and an equally thoughtful musical score.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2012
3/5 74% The Intouchables (2012) Is The Intouchables an enjoyable movie if you overlook a few potentially queasy-making scenes? Absolutely. Is it great filmmaking in the neighbourhood of art? Nope. ‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2012
5/5 91% Holy Motors (2012) After having seen thousands of films in my life, Holy Motors surprised me. I could not have guessed what might happen next at countless junctures and I consider that a very good sign.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2012
97% Ernest & Célestine (2014) A delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes.‐ Screen International
Posted May 25, 2012
2.5/5 82% De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) (2012) The theme of reconciliation - between man and woman, father and son, brother and sister, man and animal - feels kind of perfunctory and over-reaching.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted May 22, 2012
3.5/5 94% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) This jaunty romp, written by Anderson with Roman Coppola, is a delightful succession of sombre pronouncements and sight gags in the service of a tale with a bittersweet emotional core.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted May 18, 2012
78% Zarafa (2015) A visually splendid and emotionally satisfying animated adventure for all ages,‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 8, 2012
27% Colombiana (2011) An action-packed distraction for popcorn munchers who found the dialogue and plot points in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon too subtle.‐ Screen International
Posted Jul 27, 2011
90% El Velador (2012) Despite its brief running time, enticing title and sociologically rich subject matter, The Night Watchman (El Velador) overstays its welcome.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 7, 2011
94% The Rabbi's Cat (2012) For someone as gifted as Sfar at visual storytelling, the film is very, very talky. That said, voice work in French is a delight.‐ Screen International
Posted Jun 3, 2011
3.5/5 84% Angel & Tony (Angèle et Tony) (2010) There's an organic quality from start to satisfying finish that bodes well for Delaporte's future as a director.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted May 19, 2011
3/5 36% Restless (2011) Van Sant navigates the mix of whimsy and inevitability with a practiced hand.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted May 16, 2011
3/5 73% Heartbeats (2011) Mature viewers may grow weary of so much posing but Dolan's take on modern romance and the wear and tear on friendship seems tailor-made for viewers under 25.‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2011
85% Romantics Anonymous (2011) Carré and Poelvoorde inhabit this offbeat romance with subtle comic skill.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 10, 2011
82% Nobody Else But You (2012) Succeeds in breathing fresh life into the 'meet-quirky-locals-while-solving-a-crime' genre.‐ Screen International
Posted Feb 10, 2011
67% The Company Men (2011) Consistently silly, occasionally funny but mostly forced.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2011
3/5 73% The Tree (2011) Designed and shot with thoughtful flair, the film's visuals reinforce the odd tale every step of the way. ‐ sbs.com.au
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2010