Whatever Happens Next

Whatever Happens Next Germany (2018) Dir. Julian Pörksen Go on, admit it - you’ve just wanted to forget everything and just walk away from it all, with no destination in mind as long as it is as far away from the mundanity of everyday life. But, we are too sensible for that and take our … Continue reading Whatever Happens Next

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Donbass

Donbass Ukraine (2018) Dir. Sergei Loznitsa Humour, as I have observed before, can be subjective, and doesn’t always travel well between countries and cultures. Satire is one of the harder divisions of humour to cross borders, demonstrated by this offering from Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa which is so short on laughs it’s more a vicious … Continue reading Donbass

Foxtrot

Foxtrot Israel/Germany/France/Switzerland (2017) Dir. Samuel Maoz War is the cause of much hurt and not always visible either. The mental anguish suffered by those in the midst of battle or at home left to wonder how their loved ones are doing is immeasurable and can’t be calculated or normalised in any way. Everyone reacts differently … Continue reading Foxtrot

The Very Private Work Of Sister K

The Very Private Work Of Sister K US (2016) Dir. Johan Liedgren If you were going to have a discussion on sex vs. sexual pleasure surely, the last people you would involve in the discussion would be a panel of men of ecclesiastical leanings who have taken a vow of celibacy? Unfortunately, because a nun … Continue reading The Very Private Work Of Sister K

Frozen Land (Paha maa)

Frozen Land (Paha maa) Finland (2005) Dir. Aku Louhimies “From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow, large streams from little fountains flow” so the proverb goes. We may not realise it at the time but one simple act, be it of generosity, defiance, or vengeance can have a devastating and far-reaching ripple effect. Based loosely … Continue reading Frozen Land (Paha maa)

Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

Blue Spring (Aoi haru) Japan (2001) Dir. Toshiaki Toyoda School was hard, at least for me - bullied, unable to keep up with others - but if this film is any indication, and I hope it isn’t, I got off very lightly compared to the sheer horror on display here courtesy of a group of … Continue reading Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

The Giants (Les géants)

The Giants (Les géants) Belgium (2011) Dir. Bouli Lanners When we were kids we all yearned for freedom from adults around us, allowing us to run amok and have adventures unfettered from disapproval and stringent rules. Yet without being able to return to our families or the oppression of adult rule to rebel against, this … Continue reading The Giants (Les géants)