Formally innovative art-house hit documentary about musician/writer Nick Cave.
Documentary about music therapy and dementia that was a big hit at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival.
The Criterion Collection is pleased (I presume) to present the winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at Cannes. Unconventionally, the award was given not just to the director (first-timer Abdel Kechiche), but also to the two main actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, who are now (wikipedia tells me) the only women other than Jane Campion to have won the award. The film is a love story about those two actresses and has aroused some controversy for the explicitness of its sex scenes, notching an NC-17 from the MPAA (having watching Kirby Dick's tremendous This Film Is Not Yet Rated, we know how the MPAA feels about non-heterosexual sex scenes...). So, you know, watch at your own peril.
The influential French film journal Cahiers du Cinema called director Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake the best movie of 2013. A psychosexual thriller about two gay men suspected of murder, Rolling Stone's Peter Travers said, "Like his characters, Guiraudie is walking a tightrope, finding the point where sex and death exude a similar allure. You won't be able to look away."