A magical shamisen (a ‘three-stringed’ Japanese banjo-type instrument) enables a young Kubo to animate swirls of paper into origami and illustrate tales of legendary samurai.
One of the joys of a biopic is to tell a story of unearthly triumph over adversity; overcoming or succumbing to drug addictions, deaths in the family and difficult backgrounds are often all shown in their most extreme forms.
Tom (Fassbender), an emotionally battered survivor of the First World War, takes a job as keeper of the lighthouse off the coast of this isolated area. On a trip to the mainland he meets Isabel (Vikander), who draws him out of his emotional isolation and they fall in love and get married.
Based on the novel by British writer Liz Jensen, this psychological thriller has an interesting premise and a good cast. Much of it happens inside the head of the eponymous Louis (Longworth), a nine year old boy with a remarkable, accident prone history.
The chances are that you cannot name a single director of tv dramas from what are often called the golden years of British tv. If you can, the name on your lips is probaby Alan Clarke – whose astonishing body of work from 20 years at the BBC has now been released in two formats: a sumptuous 13 disc Blu-ray box set and two 6 discs DVD sets.