The supporting actors are the true highlights here—Ines with her ambition and calculating coldness; a boorish lawyer for the nouveau riche; and a particularly creepy and soft-spoken monsignor. Paul Courlet’s spare, discordant, shifty score sets the mood of intrigue.
Speaking of intrigue: The film’s marketing name-checks Graham Greene and John le Carré, but instead of those international spy tales, the film strongly reminded me of Sean Durkin’s low-key menacing The Nest (one of my favorite films of last year), particularly in how it luxuriates in the playgrounds of the wealthy and parcels out details with tantalizing languor over the course of the film. Both keep you guessing until the very last, chilling minutes—and perhaps even after. But don’t worry: You won’t want to stop thinking about Azor and the world it evokes. —Lisa Wong Macabasco
Azor is playing now in New York at IFC Center and Film at Lincoln Center; it opens in Los Angeles on September 17, followed by a nationwide theatrical rollout. Need a few more suggestions for your weekend viewing? Read on.
The Capote Tapes
Two years after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ebs Burnough’s entertaining portrait of one of the 20th century’s most fascinating figures has finally arrived in theaters. Part straightforward Truman Capote documentary, part (fledging) mystery—did the writer ever actually finish Answered Prayers, the novel that razed his friendships with most of New York’s crème in just three excerpted chapters?—the film is worth the price of admission for the talking heads alone. Complementing old conversations between George Plimpton and women like Lauren Bacall, Lee Radziwill, C.Z. Guest, and Marella Agnelli for his book Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career are modern interviews with Dotson Rader, Jay McInerney, Sally Quinn, Colm Toíbín, André Leon Talley, Dick Cavett, and many others. —Marley Marius
Come From Away
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Apple TV+ debuts this weekend a filmed production of Come From Away, the Tony-winning Broadway musical about travelers stranded in Gander, Newfoundland, after flights into the United States were grounded on September 11, 2001. —M.M.
Scenes From a Marriage
Unless you count the immediately forgettable film adaptation of A Little Night Music—Stephen Sondheim’s 1973 musical inspired by Smiles of a Summer Night—HBO’s five-part Scenes from a Marriage, debuting on Sunday, is the first time ever that Ingmar Bergman has gotten the remake treatment. Hagai Levi (The Affair, In Treatment) helms this Americanized version, starring an intensely affecting Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac as the embattled central couple.
Interested in the (astonishing) primary text too? The Criterion Channel has all six of Bergman’s original episodes, first aired in 1973, while HBO Max is currently streaming his 169-minute theatrical cut. —M.M.