By Indiewire | Indiewire March 5, 2014 at 12:44PM
To help you figure out what to watch on VOD this month, we've compiled a
list of the 10 best indies new to VOD this month.
"Blood Ties" (March 21)
French heartthrob Guillaume Canet ("Tell No One") is back in the director's chair with "Blood Ties." The film, written by Canet and James Gray, takes place in 1974 and follows a fifty-year-old ex-convict (Clive Owen) who's drawn back into crime following his release from prison, putting him in conflict with his brother (Billy Crudup), a rising New York City cop. "Blood Ties" screened Out of Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, appearing alongside Gray's Competition film "The Immigrant." The film also stars Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis as a pair of love interests, Marion Cotillard as Owen's ex-wife, and James Caan as the brothers' father.
"Mistaken for Strangers" (March 28)
The National are one of the most respected indie rock groups on the
planet, but that casts a hell of a shadow over the ambitions of anyone
related to them. Enter Tom Berninger: slacker, metalhead, aspiring
horror filmmaker and younger brother to the National's lead-singer, Matt
Berninger, who invited Tom to work as a roadie on the group's world
tour. The younger Berninger apparently neglected many of his
responsibilities along the way, but his insistence on filming everything
led to the rock documentary "Mistaken for Strangers."
"The Face of Love" (March 13)
Four-time Oscar nominated actress Annette Bening, who last appeared in Sally Potter's moving "Ginger & Rosa," stars as a woman who has recently lost her husband (Ed Harris) of 30 years, the love of her life, as seen through flashback scenes at the beginning of the trailer. As a result, Bening's character is inconsolable and without purpose, barely living. That is, until she meets her husband's "double" (also Ed Harris) who slowly revives her, despite the resistance and confusion she faces from her family and friends.
"The French Minister" (March 21)
Doors slam and papers fly in this off-the-wall comedy about French politics directed by master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier ("The Princess of Montpensier"). Tavernier's blistering assault -- based on the award-winning graphic novel by Abel Lanzac, a former government speech writer -- zeroes in on fictional Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms. A man confident in France's importance on the world stage, de Vorms takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and the opportunistic Chinese while his speech writer (Raphael Personnaz) endures the eccentricities of his megalomaniacal boss and his sycophantic entourage.
"Finding Vivian Maier" (March 31)
This documentary, which Killer Films is developing into a narrative feature film, uncovers Vivian Maier, a nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs. The photographs were eventually discovered decades later, hidden in several storage lockers and Maier is now ranked among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. The documentary shows her strange life and art, revealing never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.