The Midwife

The Midwife (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 112 minutes approx. Life. It’s a funny old game. Whilst it is up to us how we live it, we need help coming into it and help when we are ready to leave it - the problem is that during the latter, we … Continue reading The Midwife

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Inversion

Inversion (Cert PG) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: New Wave Films) Running Time: 81 minutes approx. When the legendary Tammy Wynette sang the immortal lyric “Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman” I doubt she had the women of Iran in mind, but films like Behnam Behzadi’s Inversion do add a certain poignant and desperate potency … Continue reading Inversion

Mourning Forest

Mourning Forest (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray/1 Disc DVD Dual Format (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 97 minutes approx. Despite the supernatural sounding title of Japanese arthouse director Naomi Kawase’s fourth feature film, Mourning Forest doesn’t feature a spirit infested woodland area mysteriously killing people, instead it is a (very) quiet meditation on grief and redemption. … Continue reading Mourning Forest

Souvenir

Souvenir (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Studiocanal) Running Time: 87 minutes approx. When an actor has played practically every aberrant, enigmatic and emotionally tortured role possible what is there left to do? If you are irrepressible modern French legend Isabelle Huppert the answer is simple - you play a washed up pop singer! Not since … Continue reading Souvenir

The Working Girl

The Working Girl (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Signature Entertainment) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. In its native France, this debut from Sylvie Verheyde is entitled Amoureux Solitaires (Lonely Lovers) while for international release it has been renamed Sex Doll. Presumably, this would be far too raunchy for uptight Britain, so we get the … Continue reading The Working Girl

Destiny (Der müde Tod)

Destiny (Der müde Tod) (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 98 minutes approx. For modern cinema goers weaned on glossy HD spectacles resplendent with CGI effects to make the impossible possible, the works of the early days of film must seem incredibly archaic to the point of being from a literal … Continue reading Destiny (Der müde Tod)

Kung Fu Yoga

Kung Fu Yoga (Cert 12) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Well Go USA) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. Jackie Chan should go into politics. The amount of times he stated that his martial arts/action movie days are over then he produces another film in which he is busting out his kung fu moves all over again! … Continue reading Kung Fu Yoga