Movie Review – The Hands Of Orlac

The Hands Of Orlac (Orlacs Hände) Austria (1924) Dir. Robert Wiene When people have heart transplants they sometimes say they feel a little different from having it replaced by one from another person. This is psychological but may have some merit to it although it may not apply to all forms of transplant - for … Continue reading Movie Review – The Hands Of Orlac


Kuma Austria (2012) Dir. Umut Dağ When we are born, our parents may already have our futures mapped out for us, but chances are they won’t coincide with whatever we eventually decide for ourselves. Many of us should also consider ourselves lucky we live in a society that allows us to choose our own path, … Continue reading Kuma

Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht)

Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht) Austria (2017) Dir. Barbara Albert People lucky enough to go through life without impairments or disabilities aren’t aware of how much they take basic senses for granted. With my hearing in decline, I wish I could go back to the days when I could hear clearly without assistance. But imagine if your … Continue reading Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht)

Seventeen (Siebzehn)

Seventeen (Siebzehn) Austria (2017) Dir. Monja Art “Why must I be a teenager in love?” If you were around in 1959 you’ll recall Marty Wilde (or Dion if you’re American) singing the above lament to countless kids in the same situation. The title of Seventeen is also a rather festive giveaway regarding what to expect … Continue reading Seventeen (Siebzehn)

Tehran Taboo

Tehran Taboo Germany/Austria (2017) Dir. Ali Soozandeh  Regular visitors to this site will be aware of the films reviewed from Iran and the Middle East dealing with the moral patriarchal corruption and archaic attitudes towards women. Some have even been animations, proving to be as hard hitting as any live action film, which Tehran Taboo … Continue reading Tehran Taboo

The Robber (Der Räuber)

The Robber (Der Räuber) Germany (2010) Dir. Benjamin Heisenberg Why do people run? To stay fit? The joy of being outdoors? The sake of competition and the glory of holding significant wins or record times? If it is the latter, the handsome prize money top-level athletes can earn along with endorsement deals would be a … Continue reading The Robber (Der Räuber)

Happy End

Happy End France/Austria (2017) Dir. Michael Haneke In what must be a cruel joke if not a straightforward case of human error, this latest offering from serial provocateur Michael Haneke has been categorised as a “comedy” by the rental service who sent it to me. From the onset there is no indication that this is … Continue reading Happy End


Homesick Austria/Germany (2015) Dir. Jakob M. Erwa “Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours” So says the famous theme song for the perennial Aussie TV soap opera, but it makes no mention of bad neighbours or the creepy ones with pernicious agendas. Luckily, we have cinema to take up that particular challenge instead… Jessica (Esther Maria Pietsch) … Continue reading Homesick

Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh ich she)

Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh ich seh) Austria (2014) Dirs. Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala The bond between mother and son can often be a close and unbreakable one - despite conventional wisdom pairing off fathers and sons and mother and daughters For the twin protagonists of this creepy outing from the team of Veronika Franz … Continue reading Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh ich she)

Kalinka (Au nom de ma fille)

Kalinka (Au nom de ma fille) France (2016) Dir. Vincent Garenq Divorce is always hard, especially on the children who are forced to divide their time between their separated parents, with whom the other is expected to be able to trust their wellbeing implicitly. If this trust is broken, things are likely to get even … Continue reading Kalinka (Au nom de ma fille)