In Honour of International Women’s Day: 10 Movies About Friendship Directed by Women
Breathedir. Mélanie Laurent (2014) Charlie is an average French suburban teenager, but when she becomes fast friends with Sarah, the rebellious new girl at school, she discovers there’s nothing average about how she feels.
Daisiesdir. Vera Chytilová (1966) Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.
The Edge of Seventeen dir. Kelly Fremon Craig (2016) High-school life gets even more unbearable for Nadine when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother.
The Fitsdir. Anna Rose Holmer (2015) While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.
The Forest for the Treesdir. Maren Ade (2003) As an awkward idealistic high school teacher begins her first job in the city, things turn out to be much tougher than she had imagined.
Divinesdir. Houda Benyamina (2016) In a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris, a teenager who is hungry for her share of power and success becomes a runner for a drug dealer.
Hush Little Babydir. Hella Joof (2009) Four dysfunctional teenage girls steal a car and elope from the institution where they live. They go on a road trip across Denmark, confronting ghosts of the past and settling old accounts as their dark secrets are revealed.
The Innocentsdir. Anne Fontaine (2016) In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.
In Bloomdir. Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Groß (2013) Set in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in 1992. Friends Eka and Natia look to leave childhood behind as they ignore societal customs and work to escape their turbulent family lives.
Thirteen dir. Catherine Hardwicke (2003) A thirteen-year-old girl’s relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.
Language of Flowers - All of these were posted separately throughout this year before summer, but I kind of wanted to have them altogether in one post, sorry to those who already seen them! :) These illustrations were part of my bachelor’s project. In place of my signature was the project’s logo, typography was slightly different in spacing in presented pieces.
Ok, so I’ve had this vision in my head for… YEARS now… and this is really the only place such things belong.
Everyone knows not to smell the flowers here. Everyone knows, beware the butterflies.
In the middle of the Forest is a field of flowers, so thickly gathered that you can’t see the ground. They are bold and beautiful, all the colors of the rainbow… all with stems and leaves of red. They have a scent that is hypnotic - the very air quivers with all the things you love, as if your lover’s aftershave and shampoo, your mother’s cooking, and your favorite hot drink were all rolled up into the scents of your favorite season, your favorite building… a veritable smorgasbord of sensual temptations.
There are no animals in the field. There are no insects. There are no birds.
I watched someone stumble, hypnotized by the scents, into that field once. I watched as the petals of the flowers flew up in a giant, tumultuous cloud, a tornado of colors. I watched as those carnivorous butterflies settled upon the unfortunate soul. I heard his screams, muffled by the buzzing of a million wings. I watched as the figure slowly collapsed to the meadow floor… and I watched as even the bones vanished away. New colors appeared among the butterflies, as they wafted back to their stems, and the scents of poppies and safety settled over the lea… Underneath the false smell of love, the subtle scent of copper and the aura of menace is noticeable, if you know what to look for.
Everyone knows to beware the butterflies… everyone knows, you don’t stop to smell the roses.