The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)

The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja) Korea (2016) Dir. E J-yong The original Korean title for this poignant and rather tragic outing from the enigmatically named E J-yong is The Killer Woman, a deceptive and less poetic title than the one used for its international release, which tells those of us outside of Korea very little … Continue reading The Bacchus Lady (Jug-yeo-ju-neun Yeo-ja)

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A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) Sweden (2015) Dir. Hannes Holm If people are grumpy, maybe there is a reason for this, but how many of us are either too intimidated or simply put off by someone’s gruff and belligerent behaviour to find out what that reason is? Based on the novel … Continue reading A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

Prevenge

Prevenge UK (2016) Dir. Alice Lowe Parents will do pretty much anything for their children - within reason and subject to financial capacity, naturally. Despite being the adult in the relationship and the one supposedly in control, it is the kids that dictate their actions. But what if the child hasn’t even been born yet … Continue reading Prevenge

House (Hausu)

House (Hausu) Japan (1977) Dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi No relation to the 1980’s Hollywood horror film series and definitely not connected to the medical TV show starring Hugh Laurie, this cult classic from Japan was supposed to be their answer to Jaws but ended up much closer to a head spinning blend of Rocky Horror Picture … Continue reading House (Hausu)

Marguerite

Marguerite France (2015) Dir. Xavier Giannoli We’ve all told that one little white lie to avoid hurting someone else’s feelings and to keep our heads on our shoulders but there are occasions when perpetuating a myth to avoid such heartbreak makes it considerably worse when the truth does come out far too late. Just outside … Continue reading Marguerite

Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q)

Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q) Japan (2001) Dir. Takashi Miike When one thinks of dysfunctional families usually cartoon broods like The Simpsons or The Griffins are nominated. But the Yamazaki family in this film from Japanese provocateur Takashi Miike don’t just take the biscuit, they snatch the whole pack, gorge it down in one go then … Continue reading Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q)

Suntan

Suntan Greece (2016) Dir. Argyris Papadimitropoulos “You’re only young once”  is the popular aphorism used to encourage people to take a leap into the unknown that they may be hesitant about, but then a follow-up question begs “When does being young end?” Is it 18 when you get to vote, 21 when you get the … Continue reading Suntan