Silent Youth (12) | Home Ents Review
Apr25

Silent Youth (12) | Home Ents Review

Dir. Diemo Kemmesies, Spain, 2012, 73 mins, in German with subtitles Cast: Martin Bruchmann, Josef Mattes, Mathias Neuber, Linda Schüle A coming-out film without all of the dramatics, the plot of Silent Youth remains very straightforward. Marlo (Bruchmann) is visiting Berlin when, through a chance encounter, he meets Kirill (Mattes) a hooded stranger. Silent Youth is largely character driven, devoid of dialog as a dramatic device. The...

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Rigor Mortis (18) | Close-Up Film Review
Apr23

Rigor Mortis (18) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Juno Mak, Hong Kong, 2013, 105 mins, in Cantonese with subtitles Cast: Chin Sui-Ho, Anthony Chan, Paw Hee Ching, Kara Hui, Richard Ng “People say the film world is ludicrous. Well real life is even more ridiculous.” Rigor Mortis begins with a corpse. A woman slain, as the remnants of her struggle appear scattered across the scene. The film opens with this very candid comment from the film’s principal character, a washed-up actor...

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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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Wild Tales (15) : Close-Up Film Review
Mar27

Wild Tales (15) : Close-Up Film Review

A Zany Package of a Film. Dir. Damián Szifrón, Argentina, 2015, 122 mins, in Spanish with English subtitles Cast: Ricardo Darín, Óscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Darío Grandinetti A zany package film, Wild Tales links five stories by a common theme of vengeance and violence. Making a mockery of the sanctity of human life from a grim, albeit very humorous perspective, it is a unique...

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