Girlhood (15) | Close-Up Film Review
May07

Girlhood (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Céline Sciamma, France, 2014, 112 mins, in French with subtitles Cast: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Marietou Touré When choosing the international release title, Céline Sciamma (Water Lillies, Tomboy) had a number of options when translating her latest film Bandes De Filles for an English-speaking audience. The fact that she chose ‘Girlhood’ speaks volumes towards initiating the viewer into the kinds of issues she...

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The Falling (15) | Close-Up FIlm Review
Apr23

The Falling (15) | Close-Up FIlm Review

  Dir. Carol Morley, UK, 2014, 102 mins Cast: Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh, Maxine Peake, Monica Dolan, Anna Burnett, Greta Scacchi Carol Morley’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Dreams of a Life makes for an interesting experiment. Itself a dreamlike drama, set in a strict English girls’ school in 1969, the story follows Florence Pugh’s charismatic Abbie and Maisie Williams’ (of Game of Thrones fame, whose performance...

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Exit (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Apr23

Exit (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Chienn Hsiang, Taiwan, 2014, 94 mins, in Mandarin with English subtitles Cast: Chen Shiang-Chyi, Tung Ming-Hsiang, Pai Ming-Hua What happens when the female body starts to succumb to the first signs of ageing? And, constrained by social conventions, the youthful soul tries to scream out for freedom? It can only result in pain and frustration – as we find out watching the heroine of Taiwanese director Chienn Hsiang’s first...

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