The Harvesters (Die Stropers)

The Harvesters (Die Stropers) South Africa (2018) Dir. Etienne Kallos Blood is thicker than water, a proverb asserting the bonds of family being unbreakable, might be true but there are no guarantees we won’t be irreparably hurt by a member of our own kin. Conversely, if we take the term “family” on a more nebulous … Continue reading The Harvesters (Die Stropers)

Mom + Mom (Mamma + Mamma)

Mom + Mom (Mamma + Mamma) Italy (2018) Dir. Karole Di Tommaso In a world where LGBT rights is a thorny issue it is quite surprising to learn that Italy is one of the countries resisting positive legislation for this community. Perhaps it shouldn’t given it is home of Catholicism but Italy’s reputation as a … Continue reading Mom + Mom (Mamma + Mamma)

Consequences (Posledice)

Consequences (Posledice) Slovenia (2018) Dir. Darko Stante When will we learn actions have consequences? Not all of them have to be bad but common sense should dictate weighing up the risks before engaging in any activity is always a prudent move. In the event of disaster, even the smallest hope is some hope. Andrej (Matej … Continue reading Consequences (Posledice)

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)

Nina

Nina Poland (2018) Dir. Olga Chajdas There are many moral dilemmas in life born from acts of altruism and generosity at their purest, fraught with many frustrating complications that are frankly inevitable. Chief among them would be the act of surrogacy, a noble deed blighted by the complexities of human emotion. For teacher Nina (Julia … Continue reading Nina

Girl

Girl (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 101 minutes approx. Transgender identity and surrounding issues are difficult to portray in film for fear of accusations from the LGBT community of inaccurate representations of the characters. Lukas Dhont’s Girl, based on the real life story of Belgium trans dancer Nora Monsecour, … Continue reading Girl

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation) France (2017) Dir. Anne Fontaine It’s tough being yourself in a world unforgiving and prejudiced against certain groups or lifestyles that you may fit in with that don’t adhere to convention. But, what if you were given an opportunity to hide that side of you away or maybe … Continue reading Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) Iceland (2016) Dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson It might seem that geography would have no bearing on the trials of childhood and the universally experienced journey through puberty but this isn’t true. For some it might be a case of cultural traditions that make all the difference, for others it really is a result … Continue reading Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute)

120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) France (2017) Dir. Robin Campillo AIDS. It is remarkable how these four letters have the power to send shockwaves through the body some 30 plus years since this disease become a global pandemic. This film takes us back to the early 1990’s when ignorance about AIDS … Continue reading 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute)

Even Lovers Get The Blues

Even Lovers Get The Blues Belgium (2016) Dir. Laurent Micheli Queen guitarist Brian May famously wrote the song Too Much Love Will Kill You but if he had seen this film first, perhaps he might have changed it to Too Much Sex Will Kill You as that seems to be the central message of this … Continue reading Even Lovers Get The Blues