You probably wish you were at either the Venice or Telluride Film Festival this weekend, but if you’re staying local there are several indie releases worth checking out (we’ll share the goods on the festivals). Among this weekend’s options are Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (indieWIRE’s Pick of the Week), The Debt, getting its long-awaited theatrical run after playing Toronto 2010, and Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, which Variety says is “both evocative and faithful in its depiction of the famed French singer’s lascivious life.”
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, France | Dir: Joann Sfar; Cast: Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon, Laetitia Casta | B- criticWIRE | 77% Tomatometer, 55% Metacritic | Sfar talks Going from Comics to Film with iW.
The Debt, Focus Features, USA | Dir: John Madden; Cast: Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Marton Csokas | C criticWIRE | 75% Tomatometer, 67% Metacritic | ThePlaylist calls it Uneven with Strong Leads Mirren & Chastain.
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Indomnia Releasing, China/Hong Kong | Dir: Hark Tsui; Cast: Andy Lau, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Bingbing Li, Carina Lau, Jean-Michel Casanova | B+ criticWIRE | 92% Tomatometer, 74% Metacritic | Eric Kohn says it “Delivers A Better Ride Than Most U.S. Alternatives.”
Love Crime, France | Dir: Alain Corneau; Cast: Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Mille | B criticWIRE | 50% Tomatometer, 52% Metacritic | Caryn James talks Scott Thomas & Sagnier Playing Cat & Mouse.