Sorry We Missed You

Sorry We Missed You UK (2019) Dir. Ken Loach After the coruscating attack on the flawed an uncompromising welfare system in his last film I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach returns to highlight another aspect if modern British life that serves only to favour the rich and exploit the poor, the zero hour contract. Struggling with … Continue reading Sorry We Missed You

To Live (Huo zhe)

To Live (Huo zhe) China/Hong Kong (1994) Dir. Zhang Yimou Political regimes will always hurt someone. That is a fact. The poor will always be at the bottom of the heap under a plutocracy, the unskilled and undereducated suppressed by a meritocracy, and Communism tends to screw everyone except for those at the very top. … Continue reading To Live (Huo zhe)

Welcome To Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns)

Welcome To Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns) Germany (2016) Dir. Simon Verhoeven Immigration is a divisive issue that has proven ripe pickings for filmmakers in delivering stark and thorny social dramas on the subject, mostly in depicting the negativity and hostility it engenders. So, it is to some surprise that the one country to make … Continue reading Welcome To Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns)

Woman At War (Kona fer í stríð)

Woman At War (Kona fer í stríð) Iceland (2018) Dir. Benedikt Erlingsson Greta Thunberg is arguably the most famous teenager on the planet at the moment due to her climate change protests. Whether you agree with her or not, Greta lives by the courage of her convictions which is admirable in someone so young, or … Continue reading Woman At War (Kona fer í stríð)

3 Faces (Se rokh)

3 Faces (Se rokh) Iran (2018) Dir. Jafar Panahi People talk about the wonders of the world, like the Great Pyramid of Giza or Temple of Artemis but surely, there should be consideration for the fact that despite receiving a 20-year ban from filmmaking and being put under house arrest by the Iranian government, Jafar … Continue reading 3 Faces (Se rokh)

Capernaum (Capharnaüm)

Capernaum (Capharnaüm) Lebanon (2018) Dir. Nadine Labaki Poverty is a major global issue and whilst it is shocking in developed countries like ours, we are probably blasé about its existence in war torn countries. For her latest film, Nadine Labaki takes us to Lebanon for this brutally raw tale of life on the breadline. Capernaum … Continue reading Capernaum (Capharnaüm)

Skirt Day (La journée de la jupe)

Skirt Day (La journée de la jupe) France (2008) Dir. Jean-Paul Lilienfeld Being a teacher must be one of the more thankless professions to undertake, more so in today’s age of political and racial unrest that leads to unprecedented violence in the classroom. In my day, kids were of course unruly but they respected and … Continue reading Skirt Day (La journée de la jupe)

Ciao Ciao

Ciao Ciao China (2017) Dir. Song Chuan “Home is where the heart is” according to the old adage, which for young people living in countries under strict rule, might be anywhere else but home. This can’t be helped but what if they live in a society where family is considered paramount, an uncomfortable divide between … Continue reading Ciao Ciao

Us

Us (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray/DVD (Distributor: Universal Pictures) Running Time: 116 mins approx It is interesting how we all like to think of ourselves as individuals, yet we are told we all have our own doppelganger somewhere in the world - which I presume means twins, triplets, quads, etc. would result in an army … Continue reading Us

Donbass

Donbass Ukraine (2018) Dir. Sergei Loznitsa Humour, as I have observed before, can be subjective, and doesn’t always travel well between countries and cultures. Satire is one of the harder divisions of humour to cross borders, demonstrated by this offering from Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa which is so short on laughs it’s more a vicious … Continue reading Donbass