Monthly Archives: October 2015

By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland [Brad Pitt] and his wife — Vanessa [Angelina Jolie Pitt], who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea [Melanie Laurent] and François [Melvil Poupaud] and village locals Michel [Niels Arestrup] and Patrice [Richard Bohringer], the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

In A BIGGER SPLASH, the lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker — [Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton] vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter [Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson] — creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and, ultimately, danger for everyone involved.

Mark Twain’s young heroes Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn spring vividly back to life, this time as modern-day grown men. When Huck is released from prison he hopes to leave his criminal past behind. But his lifelong friend and corrupt cop – Tom – has other plans, having formed the Band of Robbers — a group of misfits dedicated to locating the hidden treasure that eluded the boys in childhood.

Twain aficionados will find myriad references to their beloved characters, but the film stands on its own as a story about two well-intentioned heroes refusing to bid their childhoods goodbye. Charming and hilarious, the Nee brothers make a winning directorial team in this old-fashioned Boys’ Own yarn thrown headlong into the present day.