My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse)

My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse) France (2015) Dir. Arnaud Desplechin Memories are a huge part of our lives, good and bad, but is it really worth dragging them back up having moved on and left the past in the past? My Golden Days finds director Arnaud Desplechin in a Proust-inspired reflective mood … Continue reading My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse)

Panique

Panique France (1946) Dir. Julien Duvivier Living in a small town where everyone knows you and your business leads to gossip and we all know the harm gossip can do to someone’s name and reputation. It’s worse when that person is innocent but that never stops the tongues wagging of the denizens of an ignorant, … Continue reading Panique

Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt Germany (2012) Dir. Margarethe von Trotta “Trying to understand is not the same as forgiveness.” It’s difficult to put a point across successfully to people who can’t - or won’t - spend a moment to actually listen to what you are saying or understand the perspective you are coming from. The once celebrated … Continue reading Hannah Arendt

Fateless (Sorstalanság)

Fateless (Sorstalanság) Hungary (2005) Dir. Lajos Koltai Films about the Holocaust aren’t meant to be enjoyed in the same way as action thrillers or comedies yet can be enriching through their educational value. Setting Fateless apart from other films on this topic is being based on the semi-autobiographical Nobel prize winning novel by Holocaust survivor … Continue reading Fateless (Sorstalanság)

The Resistance aka The Invisibles (Die Unsichtbaren)

The Resistance aka The Invisibles (Die Unsichtbaren) Germany (2017) Dir. Claus Räfle World War II has given us, and continues to do so, numerous horrific stories about the atrocities and suffering that occurred during this tumultuous period. While it is wrong to single out one particular event or aspect as the “most” upsetting, one can … Continue reading The Resistance aka The Invisibles (Die Unsichtbaren)

Peppermint Soda

Peppermint Soda (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: BFI) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. If there is one thing that is universal it is our experiences at school. Whether you loved it or hated it, everyone can relate to the trials and tribulations of being in education. Yet it is a little peculiar that … Continue reading Peppermint Soda

Son Of Saul

Son Of Saul (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 107 minutes approx. Any film which chooses as its subject the horrors of the Holocaust is inherently going to be harrowing experience for the viewer, but this bold debut from Hungarian director László Nemes presents us with a palpable and intimate look … Continue reading Son Of Saul

A Secret (Un secret)

A Secret (Un secret) France (2007) Dir. Claude Miller Quite often when a film set during the war bears the accompanying legend “Based on a True Story” it is not uncommon for some viewers to reach for a bag of salt before settling down to watch it. However, in this case such cynicism is not … Continue reading A Secret (Un secret)

Ida

Ida Poland (2013) Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski A young nun and an alcoholic ex-judge going on a road trip sounds like the set up for a rude and irreverent joke but is in fact the central premise behind this sombre and sobering tale of self-exploration and the uncovering of family secrets which were better left buried. … Continue reading Ida

Free Men (Les hommes libres)

Free Men (Les hommes libres) France (2011) Dir. Ismaël Ferroukhi In occupied Paris, 1942, an Algerian immigrant Younes Ben Daoud (Tahar Rahim) makes a living selling black market goods to fellow immigrants with the intent of returning home with enough money for his family. A police raid sees him forced into playing the role of … Continue reading Free Men (Les hommes libres)