Articles Posted in the " World Cinema " Category

  • A Jester’s Tale (Bláznova kronika) (U) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Karel Zeman, Czechoslovakia, 1964, 81 mins, in Czech with English subtitles Cast: Petr Kostka, Emília Vásáryová, Miroslav Holub, Valentina Thielová Review by Colin Dibben If you were a child in the 1970s, you may remember the oddball eastern European films and TV series that sometimes made it onto children’s TV over here. Now, imagine […]

  • Moebius (18) Film Review

    Dir. Kim Ki-duk, South Korea, 2013, 89 mins Cast: Cho Jae-hyun, Seo Young-ju, Lee Eun-woo Review by Colin Dibben   Anyone for a 90-minute ‘lack of penis’ joke? Korea’s answer to Lars von Trier serves up a very weird domestic melodrama, in full-on Freudian nightmare mode. It’s actually a lot of fun if you don’t […]

  • Lilting (15) Film Review

    Dir. Hong Khaou, UK, 2013, 86 mins, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles Cast: Ben Whishaw, Cheng Pei Pei, Andrew Leung, Naomi Christie, Peter Bowles Review by Adam Hollingworth Hong Khaou’s film Lilting is a subtle and gentle film which weaves into a delicate tapestry poignant meditations upon grief, age, guilt, communication and our […]

  • Bastards (12A) Film Review

    Dir. Deborah Perkin, UK, 2014, 82 mins, with subtitles Cast: Rabha El Haimer Review by Marianne Gray This documentary is one of those fine treasures about a subject that we seldom see and don’t really know about, in this case how the system copes with illegitimate children in modern Morocco. In Morocco, as in all […]

  • Gagarin (Pervyy v kosmose) (12) Home Entertainment Review

    Dir. Pavel Parkhomenko, Russia, 2013, 108 mins, in Russian with English subtitles Cast: Yaroslav Zhalnin, Mikhail Filippov, Olga Ivanova, Vadim Michman Review by Laura Graham Any film fan will have noticed the recent increase in Russian films about heroic moments in history. Although clearly part of Putin’s propaganda drive, this one stands out as a […]

  • Spring In A Small Town (U) Film Review

    Dir. Fei Mu, China, 1948, 98 mins, In Mandarin with English subtitles Cast: Wei Wei, Shi Yu, Li Wei, Zhang Hongmei Review by Adam Hollingworth Spring in a Small Town represents both the first step in the BFI’s long gestating attempts to bring the classics of Chinese cinema, so long secularized and confined within China’s […]

  • Miss Violence (18) Film Review

    Dir. Alexandros Avranas, Greece, 2013, 98 mins, in Greek with subtitles Cast: Kostas Antalopoulos, Constantinos Athanasiades, Chloe Bolota Review by Colin Dibben A claustrophobic and unpleasant peer into the lives of the members of one family, who are ruled over by a Josef Fritzl type patriarch … you know, the best sort of father. A […]

  • Chinese Puzzle (15) Film Review

    Dir. Cedric Klapisch, France, 2013, 117 mins, in French with subtitles Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cecile de France, Kelly Reilly, Sandrine Holt Review by Marianne Gray This is the last in Cedric Klapisch’s popular comedy-drama trilogy which started in 2002 with Pot Luck (l’Auberge Espagnole) and then Russian Dolls. The group of friends who […]

  • Camille Claudel 1915 (PG) Film Review

    Dir. Bruno Dumont, France, 2013, 95 mins, in French with subtitles Cast: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Robert Leroy Review by Colin Dibben My heart sank when I heard that Bruno Dumont had made a costume drama, but let me tell you, there is nothing to fear on the ‘selling out’ front from this still very […]

  • A Perfect Plan (Un Plan Parfait)  (15) Film Review

    Dir. Pascal Chaumeil, France, 2014, 101 mins, in French with subtitles Cast: Diane Kruger, Dany Boon, Alice Pol, Robert Plagnol Review by Marianne Gray Hmmm, I love perky French comedies and adore Diane Kruger and thought director Chaumeil’s previous film Heartbreaker (Vanessa Paradis and Romain Duris) was delicious, but  sadly this one is not your […]