Audience Reaction: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

The audience gave the film ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence‘ a score of 24%.

Here are the comments:

  • Poor choice made film night not a good choice.
  • Started promisingly with very black humour, but after a while the joke wore off and it just became frustrating. Some excellent composition and some stand out moments à la Bunuel, Beckett and even The League of Gentlemen. But overlong and perhaps too alienating.
  • I think I can say that was the strangest film I have ever seen at PFC. I will remember it though. Lottas sko i Göteborg (1943) – you had to be there…
  • A surreal slant on humanity.
  • Loved it!
  • Not quite sure what I’ve just watched?
  • How on earth did this film win the Golden Lion?
  • Not much on the TV.
  • ???
  • What was that all about then eh?
  • Bizzare! + Beige very Swedish.
  • Lost 2 hrs of my life.
  • A series of surreal pastiches portraying humanity in a mostly sad and sorry state with whiffs of Python-style humour. You probably won’t come out feeling happy!

Audience Reaction: ‘Still Life’

The audience gave the film ‘Still Life‘ a score of 89.47%

Here are the comments:

  • Excellent! The antidote to action movies… (and I’m not being sarcastic)
  • Loved this film, amazing detail, beautifully filmed and a wonderful story.
  • Unbelievably poignant. Extremely well acted + directed. Quite beautiful.
  • Waw!
  • Awesome film – very thought provoking.
  • Slow but very moving, The ending was a little contrived, but it was very affecting. It was a very powerful film.
  • Very moving poignant film – with wonderful humour – brilliantly acted and directed.
  • Fab film. Really drawn in to the story. Emotional. I did not expect the ending, but very poignant. Will watch again.
  • Artistically + cinematographically very ‘French’ so good to see UK can make sophisticated genre as well.
  • Never thought that such a job existed. It is touching that he cared, but what a lonely life.
  • Very touching beautifully crafted film.
  • Very poignant.
  • Quirky, moving, tragi-comedy with a European feel to the structure of the film….
  • A sad-sweet tale of a lonely man.

 

High Tide

We had a fantastic time last night in the company of Jimmy Hay and Melanie Walters of ‘High Tide’.

Our thanks go to Film Hub Wales, Tamarind Pontardawe and High Rise Window Cleaning for their financial support of the event.

Thanks also to the wonderful Ponatardawe Arts Centre staff for all of their support during this first season of film this year.

Photos – Linda Wellington

Audience Reaction – ‘Wild Tales’

The audience gave the film ‘Wild Tales‘ a score of 83.59%

Here are the comments:

  • Entertaining, felt like it could all really happen!
  • Very exuberant, fast moving and funny. I didn’t especially like the violence, but it was in keeping with the tone of the film. Excellent.
  • One of the best films I’ve seen so far. Love Dynamite Man and the passionate wedding.
  • Sums up my life!
  • Vengeance is sweet! An explosive film! Well made film.
  • A racy, pacey gallop through the jungle of human emotion – very enjoyable and funny!
  • Funny, smart, well made with salutary sub-text
  • Grotesquely amusing, very good.
  • Funniest thing I have seen in ages! Excellent!
  • Certainly wild! Really enjoyed.
  • Entertaining, often predictable twists. Suspend belief and have a laugh.

 

Audience Reaction ‘A Little Chaos’

The audience gave ‘A Little Chaos‘ a score of 66.41%

Comments:

Liked the music very much.
Delightful.
It reminded me of Peter Greenaway’s film ‘The Draughtsman’s Contract’. Well it wasn’t quite like that! Garden designs skulduggery, sex, love, jealousy – it was all there!
Good enough but not of the high standard I’ve come to expect from Pontardawe Film Club. Direction questionable.
It looked good but was very tedious. The characters felt anachronistic, and there were too many sub plots. It was unfocused and needed more humour.
What is it with Winslet and water?

Selection Meeting

Our next selection meeting is on the Tuesday the 5th of May.

We will be selecting our Autumn Season of films.

Selection meetings are open to all film club members. I hope you can make it and help shape the club.

Audience Reaction – ‘The Life Of Riley’

The audience gave the film ‘A Life of Riley‘ a score of 60.83%

And the comments were as follows:

  • By George it was a spiffing yarn!
  • Surprised I enjoyed it… excellent ‘stage’ design – v. funny.
  • Amusing bizarre
  • A very French, feel-good farce! Fantastique.
  • Interesting presentation.
  • V. different!
  • Loved the black humour + music – but pacing could have been snappier.

Audience Reaction – ‘Difret’

The audience gave the film ‘Difret‘ a score of 87.5%

Several members of the audience asked what did ‘Difret’ mean? The film’s website (www.difret.com) explains the film’s title: In the Amharic language, the word ‘difret’ has a double meaning. In its widest use it means courage and the closest English translation means ‘to dare.’ But in Amharic, it also has a double-entendre that means ‘the act of being raped.’

Comments:

  • We  thought it was an excellent film… dreadful scenario, but beautifully filmed. Loved the ‘understated’ quality of the narrative and acting and  so pleased with the ending.  An important film which more people should see.
  • Minde bloowing (sic)
  • Very optimistic movie 🙂
  • This film was so sad but triumphant.
  • Inspiring!
  • A very powerful film. Justice was seen to be done!
  • An important story that needed to be told – moving and powerful.
  • Heart-breaking.
  • A powerful and moving account of how it is possible to change customs, traditions and attitudes.
  • Powerful story especially as true. As film there were incomplete ends – how was Hirut found in city? Who was love interest of lawyer.
  • A powerful film showing well the life of villages in Ethiopia and the constant struggle of women.
  • Very moving and eye opening.
  • Interesting, great photography.

Audience Reaction – “Testament of Youth”

The audience gave last night’s film, “Testament of Youth” a score of 82.45%

The comments were as follows:

Very moving film.
A very powerful film. Enjoyed.
Brilliant film. Shame lazy people left their rubbish on the floor. Hope they don’t belong to your club.
Very moving.
The slow pace of the film makes it even more powerful. Varying the strong emotions and feelings.
Cinematography is beautiful. Bit schmaltzy but moving. She’s ???????
Very slow but beautiful. Poignant. Thought there would be more of her life and all that she achieved.
Very atmospheric of a bygone age. Memories live on. The futility of war.
Good content but a bit long.
Disappointed with some of the imagery – a bit clichéd – and too slow – preferred the book!
From the time Vera’s fiancée went to war it was moving and gripping. The pre-war scenes were a little too slow and could have been shorter.

Pontardawe Film Club – AGM

The society’s AGM will take place on the 14th of April, 2015 after the film ‘Difret’.

Members will be able to take part in the meeting and vote. Friends can stay and observe but not take part in any discussion or vote.

Film is what we do