Loveless (Nelyubov)

Loveless (Nelyubov) Russia (2017) Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev One has to wonder if Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev is eternally miserable because of the bleak films he makes, or whether Russia really is such a demoralising country that he is simply reflecting this is his works. Let’s hope it is the latter and Zvyagintsev is not just … Continue reading Loveless (Nelyubov)

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Labyrinth Of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)

Labyrinth Of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens) Germany (2014) Dir. Giulio Ricciarelli “Man is not born to be a hero. Right?” The above line from this film is spoken by a lawyer. Quelle surprise, I suppose you might say. But whilst designed as a “wink wink” reference to underline the perceived venality of the legal … Continue reading Labyrinth Of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)

The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes)

The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes) France (2015) Dir. Elie Wajeman “Love made me become an anarchist” As good a reason as any I suppose, but it turns out love was the downfall for the titular anarchists in this second feature from up-and-coming French director Elie Wajeman - that and a pedestrian script for what could have … Continue reading The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes)

Hounds Of Love

Hounds Of Love Australia (2016) Dir. Ben Young Never talk to strangers. And certainly never accept a lift from one. These are the basic rules our parents instil in us from a very early age so why do kids always ignore them? For his feature film debut, Aussie director Ben Young presents a hard hitting … Continue reading Hounds Of Love

The Housemaid (Cô Haû Gaí)

The Housemaid (Cô Haû Gaí) Vietnam (2016) Dir. Derek Nguyen First things first, this debut from Vietnamese-American filmmaker Derek Nguyen is not a remake of the steamy 1960/2010 Korean drama(s) of the same name. Instead, it is a deceptive film that runs the gamut of horror/doomed romance tropes and conventions before pulling one final ace … Continue reading The Housemaid (Cô Haû Gaí)

The Square

The Square Sweden (2017) Dir. Ruben Östlund The world of modern art has always been ripe for satire and lampooning whilst the way people treat their fellow human beings is also a fecund subject, but there is little obvious overlap. That hasn’t stopped Swedish auteur Ruben Östlund from having a go but is The Square … Continue reading The Square

Black Venus

Black Venus (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 165 minutes approx. Release Date – May 21st I’m wondering if Abdellatif Kechiche is capable of making a film of reasonable length. Looking at his resume, only one runs under two hours and that is only by a few minutes. In between 2007’s … Continue reading Black Venus