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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
June (Lee), a transfer student into an elite school, is driven to despair by the year’s first examination results. One day he discovers that a mysterious clique of fellow students are sharing secret notebooks, which contain important exam information. In order to get his hands on the notebooks he begs the members of the secret circle to include him. They task him with a series of missions to earn them, turning June into a monster in the process.
Dir. Annemarie Jacir, Palestine/Jordan/UAE/Greece, 2012, 97 mins, in Arabic with subtitles Cast: Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri, Ali Elayan Review by Adam Hollingworth Children caught up in warfare have long been an abiding concern in cinema. Most memorably manifested in grim Russian odysseys such as Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood and Klimov’s Come and See, the […]
Omar was Palestine’s official entry for the Foreign Language Oscars this year. The film opens with a young Palestinian baker Omar (Bakri) climbing over the wall that cuts through his community and divides the hopeless tangle of the West Bank, to see his girlfriend Nadja (Lubany).