Movies: A Faithful Man, Before You Know It, Downton Abbey

Movie 1: A Faithful Man

This French film by Actor/Director Louis Garrel checks most boxes for French films released in the US. Good acting, an interesting screenplay and a “peculiar thicket love quadrangle”. It’s a bit “too much information” as the film softly comes to an end. French with English subtitles.

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A Faithful Man (December 26, 2018)

Release Date: December 26, 2018
Starring: Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp, Joseph W. Engel
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 75 min
Original Title: L'Homme fidèle
Original Film Language: Français
Production Companies: Why Not Productions, Canal+, Ciné+
Marianne leaves Abel for Paul, his best friend and the father of her unborn child. Eight years later, Paul dies and Marianne returns to Abel. However, things have changed for the both of them and feelings of jealousy surround their new relationship.

Cast A Faithful Man

  • Louis Garrel
  • Role: Abel
  • Laetitia Casta
  • Role: Marianne
  • Lily-Rose Depp
  • Role: Eve
  • Joseph W. Engel
  • Role: Joseph

Crew A Faithful Man

  • Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Writer
  • Jean Rabasse
  • Production Design
  • Louis Garrel
  • Director
  • Louis Garrel
  • Writer
  • Pascal Caucheteux
  • Executive Producer
  • Joëlle Hache
  • Editor
  • Martine Cassinelli
  • Executive Producer
  • Irina Lubtchansky
  • Director of Photography
  • Grégoire Sorlat
  • Producer
  • Laurent Bozzi
  • Key Hair Stylist
  • Mélissa Malinbaum
  • Executive Producer


Movie 2: Before You Know It

Reviews like “charming and quirky” don’t quite describe this drama/comedy. Set in New York City, a compact family who operate a small theater, discover their “thought dead” mother is alive and acting as a soap opera star. It’s wacky but watchable. Judith Light is a hoot.

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Before You Know It (August 30, 2019)

Release Date: August 30, 2019
Starring: Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock, Judith Light, Mandy Patinkin
Genres: Comedy
Runtime: 98 min
Original Title: Before You Know It
Original Film Language: English
In 1993 New York City, dysfunctional co-dependent sisters discover that the mother they thought had died when they were young is alive and starring on a popular daytime soap opera.

Cast Before You Know It

  • Hannah Pearl Utt
  • Role: Rachel Gurner
  • Jen Tullock
  • Role: Jackie Gurner
  • Judith Light
  • Role: Sherrell
  • Mandy Patinkin
  • Role: Mel
  • Mike Colter
  • Role: Charles
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Role: Peter
  • Linda Arroz
  • Role: Rhonda

Crew Before You Know It

  • Hannah Pearl Utt
  • Director
  • Hannah Pearl Utt
  • Writer
  • Jen Tullock
  • Writer

Movie 3: Downton Abbey

The long awaited release of Downton Abbey follows the television series by the same name. It’s set in 1927 in the Yorkshire countryside.

It’s a complex story to describe. Imagine the dynamic of the traditional monarchy, the King, Queen and their court on a tour of the country that instantly spawns conflicts of class, authority, influence, integrity, and arrogance. That said, it does not disappoint! High points: set decoration, cinematography and costume design.

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Downton Abbey (September 12, 2019)

Release Date: September 12, 2019
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 122 min
Original Title: Downton Abbey
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Focus Features, Carnival Films & Television, Perfect World Pictures
The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.

Cast Downton Abbey

  • Hugh Bonneville
  • Role: Robert Crawley
  • Maggie Smith
  • Role: Violet Crawley
  • Michelle Dockery
  • Role: Mary Crawley
  • Jim Carter
  • Role: Mr. Carson
  • Laura Carmichael
  • Role: Edith Crawley
  • Elizabeth McGovern
  • Role: Cora Crawley
  • Phyllis Logan
  • Role: Mrs. Hughes
  • Penelope Wilton
  • Role: Isobel Merton
  • Brendan Coyle
  • Role: John Bates
  • Joanne Froggatt
  • Role: Anna Bates
  • Robert James-Collier
  • Role: Thomas Barrow
  • Lesley Nicol
  • Role: Mrs. Patmore
  • Sophie McShera
  • Role: Daisy Mason
  • Raquel Cassidy
  • Role: Phyllis Baxter
  • Allen Leech
  • Role: Tom Branson
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Role: Lady Bagshaw
  • Geraldine James
  • Role: Queen Mary
  • Simon Jones
  • Role: King George V
  • David Haig
  • Role: Mr. Wilson
  • Tuppence Middleton
  • Role: Lucy Smith
  • Stephen Campbell Moore
  • Role: Major Chetwode
  • Kevin Doyle
  • Role: Joseph Molesley
  • Douglas Reith
  • Role: Lord Merton
  • Fifi Hart
  • Role: Sybbie Branson
  • James Cartwright
  • Role: Tony Sellick
  • Alice McCarthy
  • Role: Nanny Harewood
  • Kate Phillips
  • Role: Princess Mary
  • Michael Fox
  • Role: Andy
  • Susan Lynch
  • Role: Miss Lawton
  • Mark Addy
  • Role: Mr. Bakewell
  • Philippe Spall
  • Role: Monsieur Courbet
  • Richenda Carey
  • Role: Mrs. Webb
  • Matthew Goode
  • Role: Henry Talbot

Crew Downton Abbey

  • Julian Fellowes
  • Screenplay
  • Gareth Neame
  • Producer
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Producer
  • Liz Trubridge
  • Producer
  • Brian Percival
  • Executive Producer
  • Michael Engler
  • Director
  • Julian Fellowes
  • Characters
  • Nigel Marchant
  • Executive Producer
  • John Lunn
  • Original Music Composer
  • Ben Smithard
  • Director of Photography
  • Mark Day
  • Editor
  • Jill Trevellick
  • Casting Director
  • Donal Woods
  • Production Design
  • Simon Walker
  • Art Direction
  • Anna Mary Scott Robbins
  • Costume Design
  • Mark Hubbard
  • Co-Producer
  • Annette Field
  • Makeup & Hair
  • Anne Oldham
  • Makeup & Hair

One thought on “Movies: A Faithful Man, Before You Know It, Downton Abbey”

  1. Just came home from Downton Abbey and I agree whole-heartedly with your 4-globe rating.

    I enjoyed every minute. The costumes were breathtaking. In two hours, I couldn’t find a single thing on any of the sets that wasn’t contemporary with 1927. The cars! The room furnishings. Every thing was perfect.

    I hope that they do a sequel.

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