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)

Gifted (Salinjaeneung)

Gifted (Salinjaeneung) Korea (2014) Dir. Juhn Jai-Hong  Money is the root of all evil. Well, along with drugs, alcohol, religion, defective genes, and the Daily Mail that is. Some people will do desperate things to get some money and in an odd way, things like extreme poverty or blackmail might be conceivable grounds for justification for … Continue reading Gifted (Salinjaeneung)

Requirements To Be A Normal Person (Requisitos para ser una persona normal)

Requirements To Be A Normal Person (Requisitos para ser una persona normal) Spain (2015) Dir. Leticia Dolera  What is a “normal” person? It is not something that really be defined or measured by any criteria since normal is subjective. For instance, it might be normal for someone to wake up at 4:00am every day as … Continue reading Requirements To Be A Normal Person (Requisitos para ser una persona normal)

Time Out (L’emploi du temps)

Time Out (L'emploi du temps) France (2001) Dir. Laurent Cantet Is it really that difficult to the truth no matter how problematic the news might be? Is it pride or the fear of being regarded a failure stopping you? Don’t you have faith in your loved ones to support you in dealing with it? Keeping … Continue reading Time Out (L’emploi du temps)

I, Daniel Blake

I, Daniel Blake UK (2016) Dir. Ken Loach “When you lose your self-respect, you’re done for!” Ken Loach may be 80 years-old and has probably covered just about every social issue in his prolific fifty-plus year film career but I, Daniel Blake shows that his taste for trenchant and unabashed opprobrium towards British social injustice … Continue reading I, Daniel Blake

The Measure Of A Man (La loi du marché)

The Measure Of A Man (La loi du marché) France (2015) Dir. Stéphane Brizé The idiom “Same difference” is flippant yet apposite. Take bureaucracy - every country has their own administration yet for those on the receiving end it is all the same. The latest film from Stéphane Brizé is an eye opening account of … Continue reading The Measure Of A Man (La loi du marché)

Distant (Uzak)

Distant (Uzak) Turkey (2002) Dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan Yusuf (Mehmet Emin Toprak) is a young factory worker who loses his job. To find work again as his salary provides for his family, he leaves his small town and travels to Istanbul to stay with his cousin Mahmut (Muzaffer Özdemir), a photographer who is in a … Continue reading Distant (Uzak)