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Review: 'Sister' Is A Beautifully Bleak Coming-Of-Age Story

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • October 3, 2012 6:00 PM
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A young child is dressing in a bathroom stall. We can’t tell what he looks like, as he layers on shapeless winter clothing and a neoprene mask hides all discernible features save for a pair of bright, knowing eyes. He goes through the pre-ski ritual, bundling up before braving the windy, snowy landscape of the mountain ahead. Except that this child isn’t dressing for a day of skiing, but rather a day of stealing. It isn’t until he lifts a backpack and a jacket, returning to the stall to sort through his loot, that his babyish face and soft, dirty blonde hair are revealed. This is the opening scene of “Sister,” the sophomore feature from Swiss director and co-writer Ursula Meier. The film, which won a Special Mention Silver Bear award at this year's Berlin Film Festival, examines the coming-of-age process and the challenges that face us as we arrive at adulthood.

Review: 'Farewell, My Queen' Introduces Lesbianism Into The Marie Antoinette Story To No Great Effect

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 10, 2012 3:56 PM
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In the land of the costume drama, truly, films about Marie Antoinette are Queen, promising lavish sets, romantic intrigue and shocking decadence -- but they don't always deliver. Director Benoît Jacquot's uninspiring take on the period opened the Berlin Film Festival days ago, but something about the film's lack of urgency must be contagious, and we're only getting around to reviewing it now. While "Farewell, My Queen" does boast admirable elements (more on those below) overall, despite some showy trappings it is a frustratingly empty experience, built around a character whose blankness is supposed to be a virtue, but ends up costing the film dearly in terms of identification and interest.

Watch: Trailer For Ursula Meier's Bleak Coming Of Age Tale 'Sister' Starring Léa Seydoux

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 10, 2012 11:43 AM
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For a while now, up and coming French actress Léa Seydoux has been threatening to make her mark internationally, even taking on small parts in Hollywood films such as "Robin Hood," "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" and "Midnight In Paris." While those roles haven't exactly garnered the attention she might have hoped for, her big break might actually come in the form of a project closer to home with Ursula Meier's "L'enfant d'en haut" ("Sister"), which is already developing strong buzz on the festival circuit.

Ashley Tisdale, Jean-Ralphio (aka Ben Schwartz), Léa Seydoux, Richard Madden & More Line Up Movies

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 5, 2012 12:38 PM
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From a sequel that no one really wants to a promising online gambling drama to the an erotic indie pic, here's a round up of films that have added to their cast over the past few days....

Lea Seydoux Out, Charlotte Le Bon In For Michel Gondry's 'The Foam Of The Days'; Shooting Starts April 16th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2012 10:09 AM
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When we caught up with French actress Léa Seydoux at the Berlin Film Festival, we asked about her about Michel Gondry's upcoming "The Foam Of The Days" (also recently called "Mood Indigo") which she had been linked to at the beginning of the year. "The thing is, that I don't really know yet [about that]...I have another project..." she teased, without saying much more. But indeed, it appears that scheduling has forced her out of the film.

Lea Seydoux To Star In Lesbian Romantic Drama 'Blue Is A Hot Color'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 28, 2012 11:43 AM
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In recent years, rising French thespian Lea Seydoux has intermittently been crossing the Atlantic for Hollywood film roles, making appearances in "Inglourious Basterds,"Robin Hood," "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and "Midnight In Paris." And while those films have only seen her play smaller supporting or cameo roles, it's certainly brought attention to many of her films back in Europe including recent Berlin-opener "Farewell, My Queen" opposite Diane Kruger.

Berlinale 2012 Review: 'Farewell, My Queen' Introduces Lesbianism Into The Marie Antoinette Story To No Great Effect

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 15, 2012 9:56 AM
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In the land of the costume drama, truly, films about Marie Antoinette are Queen, promising lavish sets, romantic intrigue and shocking decadence -- but they don't always deliver. Director Benoit Jacquot's uninspiring take on the period opened the Berlin Film Festival days ago, but something about the film's lack of urgency must be contagious, and we're only getting around to reviewing it now. While the movie does boast admirable elements (more on those below) overall, despite some showy trappings it is a frustratingly empty experience, built around a character whose blankness is supposed to be a virtue, but ends up costing the film dearly in terms of identification and interest.

Berlinale 2012: Léa Seydoux On 'Farewell My Queen,' American Filmmaking & The Classic French Cinema She Loves

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 11, 2012 11:43 AM
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French actress Léa Seydoux has been bringing her Gallic brand of beauty and skill to Hollywood films for a few years now. But while she was reportedly on one of the shortlists to play Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" she has yet to lead a U.S.-made film, and instead has been slowly increasing her confidence in English-speaking roles by working in smaller parts for well-respected directors like Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino and Woody Allen.

Vincent Cassel & Lea Seydoux To Star In 'Beauty & The Beast' From Director Christophe Gans

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 12:01 AM
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As you already know, fairy tale films are the new hot thing. We've already had "Red Riding Hood" test the waters, and this year we'll see "Mirror Mirror" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," followed by "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" and "Jack The Giant Killer" in 2013. While those are all interesting for various reasons, this latest announcement has shot a new fairy tale movie right to the top of our list.

Rising Stars Tahar Rahim & Lea Seydoux To Star In Nuclear-Powered Romantic Drama 'Grand Central'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 1:25 PM
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Two of our favorite breakouts of international cinema of the last few years have been Tahar Rahim and Lea Seydoux. The former made a scorching debut in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," followed up swiftly with "The Eagle" and "Black Gold," while the latter won a César nomination for "La Belle Persone" and more acclaim for "Lourdes," before making a big American splash last year as Owen Wilson's love interest in "Midnight in Paris" and as the buxom assassin in "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol." So it makes perfect sense that the two are being teamed up together.

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