My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková)

My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková) Czechoslovakia (1985) Dir. Jirí Menzel It’s fair to say that the humour of central European countries is rather esoteric and very much an acquired taste to the point of being mostly arcane for the rest of us. Topping that list must be Czechoslovakia aka Czech Republic, noted for … Continue reading My Sweet Little Village (Vesnicko má stredisková)

Kills On Wheels (Tiszta szívvel)

Kills On Wheels (Tiszta szívvel) Hungary (2016) Dir. Attila Till While Hollywood is trying to redeem itself following outcries of its lack of diversity in representing gender, race and sexual minorities in its films, the rest of the world is not only already way ahead of them but is also giving screen time to another … Continue reading Kills On Wheels (Tiszta szívvel)

Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar)

Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar) Israel (2015) Dir. Nitzan Giladi It might surprise people to learn that Israel has quite a robust film industry dating back to the days of silent cinema, and is among the most nominated countries for the Foreign Language Oscar. This debut feature from documentary maker Nitzan Giladi - while not a … Continue reading Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar)

Life Feels Good (Chce sie zyc)

Life Feels Good (Chce sie zyc) Poland (2013) Dir. Maciej Pieprzyca When making a film about people with disabilities it is alarmingly easy to be overly sentimental to the point of patronising or wilfully ignorant about the conditions for the sake of a good story. Therefore, the best films are the opens that avoid these … Continue reading Life Feels Good (Chce sie zyc)

The Keeper Of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)

The Keeper Of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret) Denmark (2013) Dir. Mikkel Nørgaard It’s hard to believe that this dark and procedural crime thriller was directed by the same man who helmed the bad taste comedy Klown but stranger things have happened. Based on the novel Kvinden i buret by Jussi Adler-Olsen the plot is … Continue reading The Keeper Of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)

Half-Sister (Demi-soeur)

Half-Sister (Demi-soeur) France (2013) Dir. Josiane Balasko Antoinette “Nénette” Novack (Josiane Balasko) is a sixty-year old woman with the mental age of an eight year-old, forced to live in a care home after the death of her mother and carer. While looking through a box of her mother’s belongings Nénette finds a letter with a … Continue reading Half-Sister (Demi-soeur)

Miracle in Cell No.7 (7beonbangui Seonmul)

Miracle in Cell No.7 (7beonbangui Seonmul) Korea (2013) Dir. Lee Hwan-Kyung In 1997, Choi Ji-Young, the daughter of a Police Commissioner Choi (Jo Deok-Hyeon) dies in a freak accident, a mentally handicapped father Yong-Goo (Ryoo Seung-Ryong), who was with the girl, is arrested sentenced on a trumped up charge of alleged murder and rape. Yong-Goo … Continue reading Miracle in Cell No.7 (7beonbangui Seonmul)