Movies: Best Bets for April

You can see trailers and descriptions of upcoming films at Movies I’m Looking Forward To.

I’ve seen Potiche,  which opens April 1.  It’s a delightful French farce of feminist self-discovery, the funniest movie in over a year, and another showcase for Catherine DeNeuve (as if she needs one).   DeNeuve plays a 1977 potiche, French for “trophy housewife”, married to a guy who is a male chauvinist pig and the meanest industrialist in France.   He becomes incapacitated, and she must run the factory.  It’s smart and quick like the classic screwball comedy that American filmmakers don’t make anymore.

Jane Eyre also releases April 1.  I’m not on the edge of my seat waiting for a Bronte bodice ripper, but many of my readers are.  Stars the excellent Mia Wasilova from Alice in Wonderland and The Kids Are All Right.

Carancho:  Well, they have ambulance chasers in Argentina, too, and that seamy world is the setting for this sexy and violent noir thriller.  Stars Ricardo Darin of The Secrets of Their Eyes and Nine Queens.  Won Un Certain Regard at Cannes.  Will release widely on April 8.

Hanna is a paranoid thriller starring Saoirse Ronan as a 16-year-old raised in the Arctic Circle to be a master assassin by her rogue secret agent father (Eric Bana), and then released upon the CIA.  She is matched up against special ops wiz Cate Blanchett.  Hanna is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, The Soloist).   Releases April 8.

Poetry: This is the story of a Korean grandmother who goes to a poetry workshop and begins to understand the real characters of the people she lives amongst.  Highly praised at Cannes.  Releases widely April 8.

Restless:  Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk, Paranoid Park, Last Days, Elephant) directs (from IMDb) “the story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.”  The girl is played by the very promising Mia Wasilova, who had a tremendous 2010 with The Kids Are All Right and Alice in Wonderland.  Releases April 8.

In a Better World/Haevnen releases April 15. This won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture.  It was directed by the great Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (Brothers/Brodre, After the Wedding, Things We Lost in the Fire).  A Danish do-gooder returns from Africa to face family problems with his estranged wife and their vulnerable, bullied son.

The Princess of Montpensier: This film, admired at Cannes,  is an adaptation of a well-known short story about a young woman who is forced by her father to marry – but not the man she loves.  It is set in late 16th century France amid the French religious wars.  Look for it on April 22.

Here’s the trailer for In a Better World.

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