Find Your Film 112: ‘Petite Maman,’ ‘The Duke,’ ‘Night of the Juggler’


On the latest episode of Find Your Film, we recommend the new features The Duke and Petite Maman. Starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren, The Duke is the final feature of late director Roger Michell. Petite Maman is the latest effort from Portrait of a Lady on Fire filmmaker Céline Sciamma. Video and audio version of our podcasts is featured in the post!

Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren in THE DUKE. Courtesy of Pathe UK. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

The Duke is the true story of Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), a 60-year-old taxie driver who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. Bunton’s theft was not initiated to make a profit, however, as he had a much more humanitarian vision behind the operation. Helen Mirren co-stars as his long suffering wife and Matthew Goode is the attorney who represents his case.

Eric Holmes, Bruce Purkey and I both gave the feature four stars (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️). Roger Michell’s flair for crafting a good story continues with The Duke, and thanks to a charismatic performance from Broadbent, The Duke is a highly engaging viewing experience.

We review The Duke at the 6:24 mark of Find Your Film:

Petite Maman – Neon

Petite Maman centers on Nelly (Joséphine Sanz), an 8-year-old who is processing the recent passing of her beloved grandmother. While visiting her grandmother’s home, Nelly discovers another child building a hut in the nearby woods and they immediately strike up a friendship. Director Céline Sciamma works once again with Portrait of a Lady on Fire cinematographer Claire Mathon and the pair deliver another memorable and evocative tale. Clocking in at a scant 72 minutes, Petite Maman is actually a fully fleshed cinematic meal, and this seminal feature delivers an emotional knockout on the level of Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Check out our review of Petite Maman below. Our Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bruce and Eric also review Night of The Jugger, a 1980 New York City set feature headlined by James Brolin, Swiss Army Man, and the Johnny Depp feature Minamata. Take a listen to our episode on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. The audio version only contains our coverage of The Duke and Petite Maman, so if you want the full show check out our ugly mugs on YouTube!

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