Frank Borzage won the inaugural Academy Award for Best Director in 1927 for 7TH HEAVEN and it’s not hard to see why. A full-blooded romantic melodrama, it gave the ripest of plum parts to Janet Gaynor.
Elena Trappe conjures impeccable performances from her cast in the touching and funny DISTANCES.
Cantet’s compassion for his young characters is never far from the surface – hard though they may be to stomach for some of the time.
There’s no denying this raucous road movie has its moments, with effective comic interplay between the slatternly Olga (Kierston Wareing) and her equally feckless and foul-mouthed son Ron (Tommy French, both of them EastEnders alumni). During one of the film’s many slap-fights while Olga and Ron are on a late-night hunt for cheese, the car … Continue reading I Love My Mum
Rarely can a packed Arts Picturehouse audience have been as totally engrossed in a movie as during the screening of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s SHOPLIFTERS (this year’s Palme D’Or winner at Cannes). Unfolding at its own deliberate pace over two hours, the story of the Fagin-like Osamu Shibata (Lily Franky) and his dysfunctional family scraping a living … Continue reading Shoplifters
It’s not hard to see why Dimitri de Clercq’s first solo feature as a director (he previously shared co-credit with Alain Robbe-Grillet on THE BLUE VILLA in 1995) has become a film festival favourite, recently winning Best Picture at Bogota, Houston and Orlando and picking up nominations for its cinematography, score and two lead actors … Continue reading You Go To My Head
Two images recur in this documentary about the years following the end of General Franco’s brutal regime, and the struggle of victims’ relatives to get some sort of justice: a group of gaunt statues on a Spanish hillside representing those murdered (which immediately after being put up was riddled with bullets and thus ‘completed’ according … Continue reading The Silence Of Others
Considered brave at the time for even being made at the height of the AIDS epidemic, MAURICE is sleek and well-upholstered. Andrew Nickolds reviews.
It’s been suggested that THE BOOKSHOP is just another entry in the post-war ‘Heritage Cinema’ category, but Isabel Coixet is playing a more complicated game…
Ozon’s wild ride is never less than engrossing, not to say enjoyable – but after all the careful setting up what emerges is pure copper-bottomed tosh.