In the same way that World War I and II movies always seem sepia-toned, movies from coastal England always seem perpetually awash in chilly and dim deep grays and blues. In the 1840s era of Ammonite, everyone’s clothing looks eternally damp, the lighting is cloud-filtered or barely illuminated by candlelight. It is not hard to …

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Aimée & Jaguar

Berlin, 1943: A headstrong, sassy young Jewish woman, Felice (Maria Schrader), is working for the underground resistance movement while boldly earning a living working for a Nazi newspaper. Through a friend, she meets and becomes smitten with a mother of four, Lily (Juliane Köhler), a model hausfrau who just happens to be married to a …

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Julie Johnson

This film came very close to a recommendation from me. I can’t quite put my finger on what was missing from Julie Johnson, because I actually did like the film more than I expected. But still… Julie Johnson (Lili Taylor) is a 30-something housewife and mom in Hoboken, New Jersey. Like any suburban couple, she …

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Tipping the Velvet

Tipping the Velvet is a three-hour television adaptation of the surprisingly successful first novel by Sarah Waters (read Moviepie’s exclusive interview with Sarah Waters about the series). Surprising in that the novel was basically an erotic lesbian romp through the 1890s Victorian England underworld, with prostitution, cross-dressing, music halls, and rich society women who kept …

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