The Age of Shadows  (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Mar23

The Age of Shadows (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This story is set in an era of Korea’s history with which not a lot of people in the West are perhaps familiar.  Korea was under Japanese occupation from 1910 to the end of World War II in 1945.  The inspiration for the film was a true life incident in 1923, when the police headquarters in Seoul was bombed by a member of the Korean resistance. 

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Aquarius  (18) | Close-Up Film Review
Mar23

Aquarius (18) | Close-Up Film Review

There are a lot of good things about this Brazilian film, most notably the performance of the still luminous Sonia Braga in the lead. She plays 65 year old Clara, who has lived for years in a pretty, low rise apartment overlooking the ocean, where she has raised her family.

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The Eyes of My Mother (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Mar22

The Eyes of My Mother (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Francisca (Magalhaes) grows up in a rural America that appears stuck in the late 1950s. She is unfazed by death and gore as her mother, a retired surgeon, has shared her knowledge of scalpel and suture.

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A Silent Voice (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Mar20

A Silent Voice (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Anime Limited promises distribution of “the cutting edge of what Japanese animation has to offer” and A Silent Voice certainly fits their remit. Close-Up were full of praise with the last film of theirs Your Name. The latest pushes the envelope of animation even further, but the message is somewhat lost in the post.

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Gleason  (15) | Close-Up Film Review
Mar20

Gleason (15) | Close-Up Film Review

When Stephen Gleason, former American football star is diagnosed with ALS/ Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 34, it is not the end for him but the start of a remarkable story.

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The Salesman  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Mar16

The Salesman (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Along with his much admired film “The Separation”, Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” has been highly praised and nominated for awards, including like that previous movie winning the accolade of Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. 

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