Ripley is a masterpiece of noir vérité. Some have complained about the excruciatingly detailed and pedestrian pace at which Ripley’s crimes and their aftermath are depicted, but that is the whole point.  We are made to witness all the trouble Ripley goes to and to endure the tensions and uncertainties he experiences.  We are drawn into his cunning high-stakes game to the extent that we almost can’t help hoping he gets away with it! 

Golda was completed and released by August 2023, thus predating the murderous raid by Hamas terrorists on October 7th of that year.  If you are of the view that Israel has no right to exist, you might be unsympathetic on the Big Picture, but you’d have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by this depiction of an old woman having to make terrible decisions in the worst crisis she and her country had ever faced. 

“I wondered how many times you could get a laugh from a prim and proper character suddenly dropping the f-bomb.  For me the novelty wore off very quickly,, and the main pleasure I got out of it was from doing that thing: what’s he/she been in?” 

Anatomy of a Fall is both a gripping courtroom drama and an absorbing psychological one, which manages to hold our interest for all of its 150 minutes.  It deservedly won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year, and the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the recent Academy Awards.