Thursday, Oct 20, 2011 5:00 PM
Recipe for a Killing (Tirez sur le caviste)
Dir. Emmanuelle Bercot, 2010, France, 60 mins. in French with English subtitles
Queen Bitch (La reine de connes)
Dir. Gauillaume Nicloux, 2010, France, 60 mins. in French with English subtitles
These two film adaptations are from Suite Noire, a series adaptations of short, macabre and quirky French crime novels are brilliantly edgy with peculiarly queer twists. In Recipe for a Killing, the abrupt death of a despicable wine maker’s wife compels him to hire a cook. The recalcitrant, lesbian drifter that he employs learns that a perfect celeri remoulade may be the only sort of weapon she has to thwart her boss’s cruelty. The Queen Bitch, Emannuelle, isn’t exceptionally bitchy, just a bit desperate. She needs more funds to get to Bangkok to complete her gender reassignment surgery. When her mother cuts her off for good, she saddles up with her trusted lover whose scheme would boost her resources. STRONG LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE.