This weeks installment of Indie Movie Roundup features the newest film from Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow, a story about a mother and her two sons who try to stop a crime happening next door. The next is a French film that was met with universal acclaim in its home country and is now finding its way to streaming services here in Canada. The third film is a romantic comedy from Eleanor Coppola which sees Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin starring opposite each other.
The Book of Henry –
Single mother Susan Carpenter works as a waitress alongside her feisty family friend Sheila. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own way is Susan’s older son Henry. Protective of his brother and a tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother, Henry blazes through the days like a comet. When Susan discovers that the family next door harbors a dark secret, she’s surprised to learn that Henry has devised a plan to help the young daughter.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow
Distributed by Universal, the film will be have a limited release this weekend.
Anna is a bereft young German woman whose fiancé, Frantz, was killed in the trenches of World War I. Adrien, a French veteran of the war, makes a mysterious appearance in her town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Adrien’s presence is met with resistance by the small community still reeling from Germany’s defeat, yet Anna gradually becomes closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz.
Directed by Francois Ozon
Distributed by Mongrel Media, Frantz is now available on iTunes Canada for purchase and rental.
Paris Can Wait –
Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Married to a successful but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business associate (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life.
Directed by Eleanor Coppola
Distributed by Mongrel Media, the film currently has a limited theatrical release and can be found in select cities across Canada.