The New Orleans Film Festival kicks off Friday and will screen 180 movies in the next week. The slate includes everything from features and documentaries to short and experimental films and there are many that were made in Louisiana or shot by Louisiana filmmakers. (Preview of the fest here.)
Opening and closing nights bracket the festival with some major releases, and crazy women seems to be a randomly appearing but common thread. Opening night features both Tabloid (trailer above, review here), about the bizarre antics of onetime tabloid queen Joyce McKinney (aka "sex in chains girl"), and The Dangerous Method. Errol Morris (A Thin Blue Line) does a masterful job of revisiting McKinney's antics when she pursued a Mormon lover who suddenly disappeared. He was on a mission in London, and she either rescued or kidnapped him, depending on who you choose to believe. The saga played out in Britain's tabloid press and every new revelation was tabloid gold. In The Dangerous Method, director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises) delves into lurid desires as Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen portray psychoanalytic theorists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. The patient in question is a beautiful young woman (Keira Knightly) with masochistic tendencies and both doctors are tempted to cross professional boundaries.
Closing the festival is Martha Marcy May Marlene, a film about a young woman trying to escape a cult, but it's unclear what happened and whether she is completely traumatized or has become mentally unstable. Elizabeth Olsen (younger sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) is excellent as Martha. Trailers for The Dangerous Method and Martha Marcy May Marlene after the jump.