The supporting actors are the real strengths here: Ines with her ambition and calculating coldness; a rude advocate for the new rich; and a particularly frightening and soft-spoken Monsignor. Paul Courlet’s sober, discordant and sly score sets the tone for the intrigue.
Speaking of intrigue: The film’s marketing name verifies Graham Greene and John le Carré, but instead of those international spy stories, the film strongly reminded me of Sean Durkin’s low-key threat. The nest (one of my favorite movies from last year), especially in the way it basks in the playgrounds of the rich and breaks down details with tantalizing languor as the film progresses. Both keep you guessing until the very last icy minutes, and maybe even after. But don’t worry: you won’t want to stop thinking about Azor and the world it evokes. —Lisa Wong Macabasco
Azor now playing in New York at the IFC Center and Film at Lincoln Center; it opens in Los Angeles on September 17, followed by a nationwide theatrical deployment. Need a few more suggestions for your weekend viewing? Read on.
Two years after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ebs Burnough’s entertaining portrayal of one of the 20th century’s most fascinating figures has finally arrived in theaters. Part simple documentary by Truman Capote, part mystery (flight) – did the writer ever actually finish Answered prayers, the novel that shaved his friendships with most of the cream of New York in just three chapters ripped? – the film is worth the entrance fee for talking heads alone. Complementing old conversations between George Plimpton and women like Lauren Bacall, Lee Radziwill, CZ Guest and Marella Agnelli for her book Truman Capote: in which various friends, enemies, acquaintances and detractors remember his eventful career are modern interviews with Dotson Rader, Jay McInerney, Sally Quinn, Colm Toíbín, André Leon Talley, Dick Cavett and many more. —Marley Marius
Come from afar
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of September 11, Apple TV + this weekend is launching a film production of Come from afar, the Tony-winning Broadway musical about travelers stranded in Gander, Newfoundland after flights to the United States were blocked on September 11, 2001. —MM
Scenes from a wedding
Unless you count the immediately forgettable film adaptation of A little night music—Stephen Sondheim’s 1973 musical based on Smiles of a summer night—HBO in five parts Scenes from a wedding, which debuts on Sunday, is the first time Ingmar Bergman has received the remake treatment. Hagai Levi (The case, Processing) directs this Americanized version, starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac as the beleaguered central couple.
Are you also interested in the (amazing) main text? The Criterion Channel has the six Bergman originals episodes, which first aired in 1973, while HBO Max currently broadcasts its 169 minutes Dramatic cut. —MM