The fall festival season is now in full swing, and in the last week you could find our critics and reporters in Telluride, Venice and Toronto.
In Colorado, among the films A.O. Scott discovered was “Petite Maman,” from Céline Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”). It revolves around two 8-year-old girls living in similar houses in the woods, but he didn’t give anything else away, calling the picture “exquisite and strange.” That’s another addition to my ever-growing list of must-sees this season.
In Venice, Kyle Buchanan reported on “The Lost Daughter,” the latest entry in the genre that’s come to be known as “resort horror” (a term coined by the Vulture critic Alison Willmore). Think “The White Lotus” or “Nine Perfect Strangers” — getaways gone wrong. “The Lost Daughter,” which also happens to be Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature directing debut, is adapted from an Elena Ferrante novel and stars Olivia Colman as a British professor coming undone on a trip to Greece. Why are we getting so many of these projects? Our columnist’s theory: “Rich people in Hollywood go on lots of vacations. They write what they know!”
As for Toronto, Manohla Dargis will file her report next week. In the meantime, enjoy the movies!