La Pointe-Courte (1955)

In a small Mediterranean fishing village, the locals go about their daily business. There are shellfish to be caught, authorities to dodge, and a million day-to-day tasks to be completed. Against this backdrop, an unhappy young woman comes to visit her husband. He is a local who has returned after time away, she is from Paris, the locals regard them both as outsiders. The couple are having marital problems which they hash out via some lengthy, metaphysical conversations. Continue reading La Pointe-Courte (1955)

3 Women (1977)

Pinky is a naive young woman who takes a job at an aged care facility. Showing her the ropes is Millie, a more worldly type that Pinky is instantly taken with. The older woman needs a roommate, and so they move in together. Pinky can now observe Millie as closely as she likes, and she tries to emulate her dress sense, mannerisms and interests; an unhealthy dynamic that Millie soon tires of. Continue reading 3 Women (1977)

The 39 Steps (1935)

Hannay is enjoying a night at the music hall, doubly so when he thinks he has picked up an attractive young woman. But back at his apartment, she reveals she had an ulterior motive; she is tangled up with a spy ring and her life is in danger. Foreign agents are going to steal British military secrets, she was on to them, and now they are on to her. When she is found murdered shortly afterwards, Hannay scarpers to Scotland, hoping to clear his name and thwart the villains. Continue reading The 39 Steps (1935)

Laura (1944)

Laura Hunt is an advertising executive at the top of her field; clever, funny, stylish and talented, she is the toast of New York. She also finds herself caught between two men; the cynical Waldo Lydecker, an older man of letters who helped her career, and likeable ladies man Shelby Carpenter, a handsome cad who catches her eye. Then: Laura is found brutally murdered. Can the world weary detective on the case determine which of her two suitors dunnit? Continue reading Laura (1944)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

A group of upwardly mobile types gather for a meal; or, at least, they try to. Their lunch and dinner plans are continuously interrupted by a series of escalatingly unlikely events. There is a mixup over the dates. One restaurant has run out of all food and drink. In another, the proprieter has just died, and a wake is being held. The army disrupt yet another get together when they start military maneouvres in the garden. Continue reading The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Cul-de-Sac (1966)

In a castle on a stark, lonely island, an unhappily married couple circle each other. Their dreary routine is broken by the arrival of two strangers; a loutish pair of criminals on the the run from a job gone wrong. While the crims wait for their boss, the mysterious ‘Katelbach’, to arrive, the characters probe and snipe at each other; revealing secrets, playing psychological games, and behaving very oddly. Continue reading Cul-de-Sac (1966)