Cinema: Woman Talk


Directed and Written by Diane Kurys

Here's a generalization to ponder:

American movies are male; French films are female. Hollywood has always been a tough-guy's town, with its strutting moguls and its smile-when-you-call-me-an-artist directors. And the virtues it has traditionally valued are masculine ones: energy, efficiency, power, animus, each melodramatic plot resolved with a sock to the jaw. From French films one has come to expect delicacy, grace, comradely tenderness, a ruminative intelligence. Their directors seem to inhabit an exalted sorority where girlish high spirits, sage whispers and rueful endearments reverberate in the hallways. So leave it to French Film Maker Diane...

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