Director: Harmony Korine Starring: Ewan Bremner, Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog, Evan Neumann Running time: 94 mins Read the rest of this entry
Director: Claire Denis Starring: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin Running time: 94 mins Read the rest of this entry
Director: Kevin Smith Starring: Jason Lee, Jeremy London, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani Running time: 94 mins Read the rest of this entry
Director: Woody Allen Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Sydney Pollack, Judy Davis, Liam Neeson, Juliette Lewis Running time: 108 mins Read the rest of this entry
Emily Watson is heartbreaking yet dignified as von Trier heroine Bess, the small-town girl whose love for outsider Jan (Stellan Skarsgård) is both her making and horrific undoing. Organised religion and male depravity are forces of destruction while an enlightened doctor and grounded best friend provide cautionary voices. Ultimately the conviction and faith Bess finds in love is beyond anyone’s reach, and the world, unable to accommodate her virtue, is damned.
Like: A lamb to the slaughter.
Core truth: To lift a line from Don McLean’s Vincent: “This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.”