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Fun reviews, Janet! The last one reminded me of when I worked at an art school and a friend of mine there was dating an artist. She gave him this awful painting she had done which had something to do with her menstrual cycle. I'm looking at this, and then looking at him, and hoping I never have to see it again, and he says to me, "What can I do, she gave it to me?"

That said, I want to see the two chess movies!

They all look interesting.

I remember many years ago someone being given an awful painting by a fairly close friend. It was like somebody's parody of modern art, in colors that seemed almost deliberately chosen to annoy. It was a big dilemma for the recipient, as the two lived in the same small town. I wonder whatever became of that painting.

Did anyone ever decide what we are doing 52 of next year?

Albums (music). Any genre.

My parents had a large and very bad painting of the face of Christ done by the son of some friends of theirs. He had had a stroke when he was in his 30's and he did it as a thank-you for their support of him and his parents. I can't remember if they ever hung it up, but they kept it, and I remember my sister and me getting yelled at for making fun of it. I still have it -- could never bring myself to throw it away.

Perfect timing -- The Dark Horse is going to be on TV here in NZ on January 4. I might have missed it, but now I'll be sure to watch it.

I've seen Queen to Play and Séraphine. I thought the best thing about Queen to Play was Sandrine Bonnaire, who's always a joy, or at least interesting, to watch. I found Séraphine depressingly sad the first time I saw it, but watching it a second time a few months ago (it was on TV) I picked up on the character's moments of great happiness. Also, the actress who played Séraphine did it perfectly, I think.

Yes, Yolande Moreau was very good. She won 3 awards for best actress:Cesar Award, LA Film Critics, Nat'l Assoc. of Film Critics and was nominated for a 4th.

I don't think I've seen Sandrine Bonnaire in anything else, but she was the whole movie, really.


I saw Seraphine when it came out in 2009, and it was obviously sad but I wouldn't call it disturbing - but perhaps I'm just insensitive.

I haven't seen the movie, but generally I find stories of mental illness disturbing and tend to avoid them. Looking at the picture Janet sent with this post, I didn't see the "rather disturbing quality". But then I did a Google image search and saw a lot more of her work, and I agree, there is something...disturbing there. I might not think it on the basis of one image, but the effect grows.

Do you see that just to the right of the middle of the picture one of the leaves has an eye in it.


I can't see that it definitely is an eye, but it certainly suggests one.

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