Getting close to the end, with just a few more films to go. Here's what I watched this week:
January 29: A Very Long Engagement (2004) - Jean-Pierre Jeunet's gorgeously rendered World War I romance is one of my favourite films of the last ten years. Audrey Tautou delivers a magnificent performance as a woman determined to find out what happened to her presumed dead finance, and Marion Cotillard delivers a great supporting performance as a woman who finds some creative ways to kill the men she holds responsible for the death of her own lover.
January 31: Wild Strawberries (1957) - One of Ingmar Bergman's many meditations on the nature of existence, this one exploring the theme through an old man whose life's work is about to be rewarded with a prize, but who comes to realize how much he sacrificed in his personal life in order to achieve his professional goals. While not my favourite Bergman film, it's definitely one of his best.
February 1: Jigsaw (1949) - This one is part of an anthology collection of film noir and is one of the weaker selections in the collection. It's a clumsily directed crime story starring Franchot Tone as an Assistant District Attourney out to expose an underground neo-fascist organized crime gang.