Marie Antoinette is a period film with an indi/teen film sensibility. Having already proven herself on The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation as a director with talent to burn, Sofia Coppola has possibly set herself her biggest challenge yet. Marie Antoinette tells the story of France’s controversial last queen not as a weighty historical drama about the French Revolution, but as the story of a teenage girl with strong modern sensibilities. Audiences expecting scenes of suffering peasants, enraged revolutionaries and climatic beheadings are going to be sorely disappointed.
It is about time that Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s (Together, Lilja 4-ever) 1998 feature début (originally titled Fucking Åmål) gets an Australian DVD release. With so much average independent American cinema claiming to explore the secret lives of modern teenagers, Show Me Love refreshingly avoids the usual pitfalls of being sensationalist (Larry Clarke’s films), highly contrived (Thirteen) or romanticising angst (Thumbsucker).
The original Donnie Darko is a wonderfully atmospheric film that explores reality and insanity within a psuedo-science-fiction/teen-film framework. Writer/director Richard Kelly’s ambiguous debut film is a clever and moving story about troubled teenager Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) who may or may not be delusional and receiving commands from a prophetic giant bunny rabbit.