June 27 2016 Drama Movies Newsletter
While it is the 25th anniversary of the release of "Thelma & Louise", I've been thinking about it because of the film I reviewed this week, "The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun". The lead character, Dani, "borrows" her employer's car for what she thinks will be a weekend of freedom on the coast of France. The car in question is a blue 1966 Ford Thunderbird, which happens to be the exact same car driven by Susan Sarandon's character in "Thelma & Louise".
"The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun" is based on a novel by Sebastien Japrisot (who also wrote "A Very Long Engagement"). In the novel, the Thunderbird is white. It seems possible that director Joann Sfar deliberately changed the color of the car to make an allusion to Callie Khouri's characters. Beyond the car, though, the two films have little in common. Sfar is more interested in presenting his female character as a sex object than as a complex human being. It's unfortunate because Sfar purports to be interested in moral questions; he just does not explore them in this film.
What looks to be an interesting film is just beginning production in England this summer. Annette Bening is playing actress Gloria Grahame, who starred in a number of film noirs in the 1940s and 1950s opposite actors like Robert Mitchum and Humphrey Bogart. Titled "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool", the movie is based on actor Peter Turner's memoir of his love affair and friendship with Grahame. Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Walters co-star.
Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun Review
Danielle,a young secretary, "liberates" her boss's car and sets off for the French Riviera. The lark threatens to turn into a nightmare as she falls for an Italian thief and her grip on reality begins to slip.
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