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So far Caroline Ely has created 70 blog entries.

Under the Sun

Director Vitaly Mansky's cool but empathetic documentary of life in the Hermit Kingdom takes us to the outer limits of what people will believe.

By |July 5th, 2016|Documentary, Top Picks|0 Comments

The Innocents

Director Anne Fontaine’s stirring drama takes religious faith as a starting point and looks at different approaches to compromised belief within a Polish abbey in the disastrous aftermath of World War II.

By |July 1st, 2016|Top Picks, War|0 Comments


One man’s meditation on art, history, culture, and oppression, Francofonia manages to be grandiose and confining at once. It feels vital because one of the story lines the film pursues—and there are many—is the fate of the Louvre Museum’s art collection under the Nazis.

By |June 27th, 2016|Arts, DVD/Streaming/On Demand|0 Comments

Diary of a Chambermaid

Followed by a smitten camera, Léa Seydoux’s face combines a Mary Cassatt apple-cheeked purity with the sullen roughness of a young Kate Moss in the latest take on the French classic novel by Octave Mirbeau.

By |June 9th, 2016|Book adaptation, French|0 Comments

A Bigger Splash

A hothouse drama and a refreshingly cynical thriller with two ace performers pushing edgy parts way over-the-top.

By |May 11th, 2016|Crime, Thriller|0 Comments


Jacques Audiard’s moody heartbreaker, the winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or last year, daringly places a rough-and-ready, documentary-ish shooting style alongside confident, startling artistry.

By |May 6th, 2016|French, Top Picks|0 Comments

The First Monday in May

The documentary depicts the Met's Costume Institute striking a decisive blow against bluenoses, rubbing out the line between fashion and art in a blaze of celebrity, hype, and money.

By |April 30th, 2016|Documentary|0 Comments

L’Attesa (The Wait)

Cinematographer Francesco di Giacomo never lets an amazing shot go to waste, whether in sumptuous interiors or starkly beautiful landscapes. He is a master of chiaroscuro, rich texture, and, above all, framing.

By |April 29th, 2016|Family drama, Italian|0 Comments


The film takes measure of what kindness and love for our fellow human beings can do in life, even where brassy, loudmouth drag queens are concerned.

By |April 29th, 2016|Family drama, GLBT|0 Comments