Rita’s Last Fairy Tale (Poslednyaya skazka Rity)

Rita’s Last Fairy Tale (Poslednyaya skazka Rity) Russia (2012) Dir. Renata Litvinova If asked to describe the physical manifestation of Death aka The Grim Reaper, the scythe wielding, cloaked skeletal figure would likely be the default suggestion from most people; cinephiles might instead reference the similarly hooded character with the pallid complexion and a taste … Continue reading Rita’s Last Fairy Tale (Poslednyaya skazka Rity)

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A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong)

A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong) Korea (2014) Dir. Lee Kwang-Kuk “I had a strange but lovely time” Whilst I didn’t fully get what was going on this elliptical tale of dreams, their meanings and how they can influence our lives the above line spoken within is a somewhat accurate way of summing up my … Continue reading A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong)

The Lure (Córki dancingu)

The Lure (Córki dancingu) Poland (2015) Dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska Even as Europeans (but not for much longer, thanks Brexit!) we Brits still marvel at the esoteric and idiosyncratic take our geographical cousins have on their cinema. A case in point is this musical horror fantasy based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, with … Continue reading The Lure (Córki dancingu)

The Village Of No Return (Jian wang cun)

The Village Of No Return (Jian wang cun) Taiwan/China (2017) Dir. Chen Yu-hsun Memories are an important part of our lives. We can bask in the fond glow of the good or learn from the mistakes of the bad. But if someone offered you the chance to wipe away those negative memories would you take … Continue reading The Village Of No Return (Jian wang cun)

The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) Finland (2017) Dir. Aki Kaurismäki The Finnish master of the mundane returns with another low-key chronicle of life in his native country, laced as ever with his quietly absurd but cynically askewed humour that exposes more than it lampoons. Following on from 2011’s Le Havre, the ever-relevant … Continue reading The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen)

The Olive Tree (El olivo)

The Olive Tree (El olivo) Spain (2016) Dir. Icíar Bollaín It is hard to understand the true sentimental value something has to a person, no matter how ridiculous the item in question may seem to us, but it is often in our best interests as human beings to respect this and find a way to … Continue reading The Olive Tree (El olivo)

Colossal

Colossal US (2016) Dir. Nacho Vigalondo I don’t drink. As a teen I was unable to admit this because of peer pressure and it was because of this that I grew to actively resent the whole drinking culture, but as an adult, I can declare my abstinence with pride. Plus alcohol tastes disgusting! But while … Continue reading Colossal