Cold War (Zimna wojna)

Cold War (Zimna wojna) Poland (2018) Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski Shakespeare famously wrote “If music be the food of love, play on" (from Twelfth Night, just in case you ever wondered) but there are times where the lyrics and melody just don’t gel as they should, or maybe the band should stop playing altogether. In 1947, … Continue reading Cold War (Zimna wojna)

5 Centimetres Per Second (Blu-ray)

5 Centimetres Per Second (Cert U) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 63 minutes When 5 Centimetres Per Second was first released in the UK on DVD in 2012, it was one of the first anime titles reviewed on this site which you can find HERE. Thus I won’t recap the whole story … Continue reading 5 Centimetres Per Second (Blu-ray)

I Got Life! (Aurore)

I Got Life! (Aurore) France (2017) Dir. Blandine Lenoir Life, as the saying goes, begins at 40. Apparently for women however, this milestone anniversary gives them just ten more years as a fully active and useful member of society before the big 5-0 arrives, marking the beginning of the end as the menopause comes knocking … Continue reading I Got Life! (Aurore)

Courted (L’hermine)

Courted (L'hermine) France (2015) Dir. Christian Vincent The English translation of this French courtroom drama suffused with rom-com elements is a pun, while the French title refers to the ermine lined robes judges wear. What does this have to do with anything? This is a problem with Courted - it unites two disparate genres that … Continue reading Courted (L’hermine)

Woman Is The Future Of Man/Tale Of Cinema – Two Films by Hong Sang-Soo

Woman Is The Future Of Man/Tale Of Cinema - Two Films by Hong Sang-Soo (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 88 minutes approx./ 89 minutes approx. Korean auteur Hong Sang-Soo might be a regular feature on festival programmes and known to cineastes worldwide yet only 2013’s Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, has had … Continue reading Woman Is The Future Of Man/Tale Of Cinema – Two Films by Hong Sang-Soo

Koto: Twin Sisters Of Kyoto

Koto: Twin Sisters Of Kyoto Japan (1963) Dir. Noboru Nakamura Traditionally when a tale features twins separated at birth then meeting after being unaware of the other’s existence, one turns out to be evil or becomes jealous from growing up in poorer circumstances. Since this is 1960’s Japan, we instead get one of the politest … Continue reading Koto: Twin Sisters Of Kyoto

Joy

Joy Mongolia (2016) Dir. Chinguun Balkhjav Hopefully the country of origin of this 2016 release will deter you from thinking I have broken my boycott of J*nn*f*r L*wr*nc* films, so save the accusations of hypocrisy for another day - if indeed hell does freeze over. Instead, we’ll bask in the knowledge that this Joy marks … Continue reading Joy

Qarantina

Qarantina Iraq (2010) Dir. Oday Rasheed There are a number of ways someone can feel trapped beyond the physical restrictions of space and proximate geographical enclosures - one can be mentally or emotionally trapped in a loveless marriage, or trapped by their limitations of skills and abilities. In his second feature, Iraqi writer-director considers this … Continue reading Qarantina

Harry, He’s Here To Help (Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien)

Harry, He's Here To Help (Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien) France (2000) Dir. Dominik Moll When we can’t rely on our families we turn to our friends instead (those of you that actually have friends) but what if they are even less help? What if they serve to make your problems even … Continue reading Harry, He’s Here To Help (Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien)

Julieta

Julieta Spain (2016) Dir. Pedro Almodóvar It would appear that everyone’s favourite Spanish auteur and celebrator of women has reached such iconic status that he afford to open his films with the credit “A film by Almodóvar” - no first name! Then again, he’s earned it, whether this was an act of ego or simple … Continue reading Julieta