This was the movie that introduced me to style of Roberto Rossellini, since I hadn't seen any of his films before Europa '51. And God, if his whole filmography is like Europa '51, I surely don't know if I'm going to cry or laugh. Europa '51 is one of the most touching and the most beautiful films I've ever seen. Visually this film is just pure perfection and the story behind the beautiful pictures is something that you don't see every day. Society is shown very cruelly and the woman in the middle, Irene Girard, couldn't be performed by anyone else than Ingrid Bergman, who was also Rossellini's wife at the time. All in all, very beautiful movie.
Kieslowski might be my favourite director ever and this is definitely his best film. Visually Blue is pretty blue and beautiful in every way. Juliette Binoche is astonishing in her role and story is really beautiful and touching. Of course music is huge part of this film and that side is also done well. Music includes its own themes for different characters and that just a little part of the beauty of the film.
A family drama takes place in a mansion in the late 1800's. Karin and Maria watch over their sister Agnes' sickbed together with the servant Anna. Through flashbacks the lives of both sisters are described, which are full of lies, deceit, callousness, self despise, guilt and forbidden love. Agnes' dramatic death cramp arouses only aversion in them. They both retreat in their own way from her when she grasps for their hands.
Ana Torrent might be the greatest child actor ever. This is second movie on this list to include Ana Torrent in it's cast. Ana Torrent is again amazing but I have to say that other children in their roles are not much worse. Geraldine Chaplin in her double role is also fantastic. Movie handles family relationships in a wonderful way. Saura's way to show children growing is touching and I could never imagine that somebody else could do any better work. Musical side is also great in this one.
Chantal Akerman gives audience a lot of time to think during and after this film. This is one of so called "epics" in this list with its over three-hour-length. Delphine Seyrig's performance is her greatest I've seen and definitely one of the greatest ever in the history of cinema. Every day is similar for this lonely woman of bourgeoisie. That cycle seems boring for her but it is everything than boring for audience: it is all done so perfectly and the harmony of the screen is sensible. Camerawork is simply wonderful and everything looks great. Beautiful and great movie, pure masterpiece. Movie experience like no other.
This is my first movie ever seen by Jacques Rivette and definently not the last. Rivette's three-hour epic (if that word is the right one to describe this movie) something that you have never seen before and ever will see. Rivette uses whole of that time perfectly to make right kind of atmosphere to this film and the characters are all such a interesting kind. Absurd humor fits perfectly and everything looks absolutely spectacular. Even the title is absurd. Quite often this movie is compared to Alice in Wonderland or that Mulholland Dr. has got some infuelnce of this film and I can't argue with that. Rivette is movie maker one of the kind and Céline and Julie Go Boating is perfect demonstration of that.
Rohmer's ability to create relationships between the characters is amazing and Claire's Knee is perfect example for that. Characters are all loveable and different from each other. Landscapes are awesome and visually this is great. But nothing compares to the story of the movie. Love is haunting instinct and it won't leave any of the characters in peace - especially Jerôme. Jean-Claude Brialy's performance as Jerôme, Laurence de Monaghan's performance as Claire, Aurora Cornu's performance as Aurora and Béatrice Romand's performace as Laura are all great.