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Our Next Film: Manchester By The Sea

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, USA, 137 minutes, (15)
Director – Kenneth Lonergan


Lee (Casey Affleck) a solitary Boston janitor must return to his North Shore hometown to look after his teenage nephew.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Manchester by the Sea
Rotten Tomatoes – Manchester by the Sea
Official Website – Manchester by the Sea

AUDIENCE SCORE – 82.39%

COMMENTS:

  • Very moving, fantastic actors. Shows how complicated grief is.
  • I can’t recall a film ever using music better than this. Sensitive and accurate portrayal of male relationships. Lee’s response to grief and guilt very credible.
  • Extremely moving and powerful.
  • Powerful depiction of a broken soul – with just a glimmer of hope to sustain our souls
  • Remarkable film making.
  • Just didn’t get started for me.
  • I thought this film summed up the irony of life an death. I didn’t expect the comedy but it was well-observed. An excellent film; the 2¼ hours went by quickly and that says it all
  • Didn’t live up to my expectations – too long, slow, moody – loved the music
  • Excellent film that kept me gripped throughout. Funnier than I expected but very moving too. Well acted and directed and one of the best films of this season

Our Next Film: My Feral Heart

Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 83 minutes, (12A)
Director – Jane Gull


Luke, an independent young man with Down’s syndrome stumbles upon a wild and life changing friendship.

Preceded by presentation of the work of photographer Richard Jones with his new project Energy & Notion. Coal mines to turbines: how energy shapes the Welsh landscape – in pictures.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – My Feral Heart
Rotten Tomatoes – My Feral Heart
Official Website – My Feral Heart

AUDIENCE SCORE – 66%

COMMENTS:

  • Despite a very good performance by the leading actor, I feel this film was ‘worthy’ rather than anything else, and just seemed to run out of ideas
  • Strange casting with so many different accents and whilst I don’t wish to be spoon fed a plot there were just too many unanswered questions
  • One of those films im glad ive seen , but , at times questioned why I was here! Strangely enigmatic
  • Too many close up natural plant shots. Excellent acting. Brave theme. What was feral girl’s back story? Wish I was able to be here pm to discuss
  • Absolutely loved it . would have been one of my favourites of the season if not for the abrupt ending
  • More questions than answers
  • Charming characterisation and scenery/music – some relationships left unexplained and unexplored still at the end
  • A touching story well acted
  • Very moving film but the abrupt ending was a let down. It needed a longer running time
  • Absolutely brilliant
  • Very moving film. Poignant with me and my son. Couldn’t quite understand where the ‘wild’ girl fitted in and a strange ending. I did feel a bit angry that Luke ended up in a home as he was quite independent.

The producer has come back with some explanatory comments

Many thanks for the comments… I understand the overriding sense that the film doesn’t end satisfyingly.  The questions around the girl are left purposefully unexplained beyond what Luke knows.

It was important that the audience know what Luke knows.  He knows very little except that someone needs help.

It’s not a comment on anyone who asks to know more but it is designed to make an audience to discuss what she is and where she came from and perhaps have them explore the realisation that they are asking and wanting more justification to care for her (as a character) than Luke does as a simply another human being needing help.

That structural and formal experiment (for want of a better word) doesn’t of course negate any dissatisfaction felt. That dissatisfaction is the collateral damage you have to accept as an artist when you present something more challenging than the norm. And it is a totally valid criticism. We wrestled with that element of the film right up until the final sound mix.

Our Next Film: ‘Hunt for The Wilderpeople’

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, New Zealand, 101 minutes, (12A)
Director – Taika Waititi


A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. Quirky comedy starring Sam Neill.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Rotten Tomatoes – Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Official Website – Hunt for the Wilderpeople

AUDIENCE SCORE – 90.47%

COMMENTS:

  • Enjoyed the film so much. Would watch it all again
  • Such a lovely poignant film
  • Best film in a long while
  • Majestical
  • Great acting by both
  • Nice to see a comedy for a change
  • Most enjoyable. Great characters
  • Very funny and also quite moving. Good acting and a very enjoyable story. A little too long but excellent
  • Loved it. the character of Sam Neill, the young lad and physco Sam. Second time to see it and highly recommend
  • Great film. Loved it when the ranger woke up when they thought he was dead
  • Beautiful wild location. Lovely story
  • Great start, very funny but rushed middle to end. Fan soundtrack! Good to see a comedy

Our Next Film: Library Suicides / Y Llyfrgell

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 87 minutes, (15)
Director – Euros Lyn


Following two librarians whose mother, a famous author, apparently commits suicide, leaving them devastated. However the mother’s final words suggest that her biographer may have been responsible for her murder; the twins set off on a quest to avenge her death.

Screen-writer Fflur Dafydd will be introducing the film.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – The Library Suicides / Y Llyfrgell
Rotten Tomatoes – The Library Suicides / Y Llyfrgell
Official Website – The Library Suicides / Y Llyfrgell

AUDIENCE SCORE – 80.09%

COMMENTS:

  • Mwynheuais i’n arbennig y sesiwn cwestiynau ac atebion ar ôl y ffilm. Diolch yn fawr i’r trefnwyr.
  • I especially enjoyed the question and answer session after the film. Many thanks to the organizers.
  • Stunning film. Thoroughly enjoyed
  • Great to see a welsh language film. Great story with a great plot. Good to nurture local talent. Very much enjoyed
  • I found the film very poetic, it was epic. Not even Dylan Thomas could have foreseen this. BEST WELSH FILM….. EVER!!!!!
  • Very hard to believe the tale. It was too long for a film
  • I found it confusing and I didn’t know what genre I was entering – crime fiction, comedy, horror. Generally I avoid ‘noire’ so I’m not familiar with it. I didn’t like all the turning about in the library. To me this lacked tension and didn’t lead anywhere. At the beginning I would have liked more dialogues. Overall I wanted more comedy or more logic or more tension or all of these
  • Gwych I weld ffilm yn gymraegless running about.
  • Gripping, intriguing, very atmospheric, good story line. Thought Dan’s character brought some humour to its ending and I thought were they twins or a figment of Ana’s imagination. Nan her alter ego. Good twist, really enjoyed
  • Very glad I came to see this film. I came with my librarian colleague
  • Really enjoyed the film. Will visit the library as I haven’t as yet. I love crime and I work in a library
  • A kaleidoscope of library tales – clever and quirky, very enjoyable
  • Questions uncensored not sure what of the story is true
  • I will visit the library. Having the author was excellent
  • Funny, enjoyed
  • Mwynhenais; ‘n arbennig y sesiwn cwestiynau ac atcbau ar Sl y ffilm dioch yn fawr I’r trefnwyr
  • Very gripping and the ambiguous ending left me deep in thought about all that had happened before. Excellent
  • So please Fflur could come. Great Q and A great film
  • Thought provoking with regard personal memory and loss
  • Too many holes in plot but interesting idea

Our Next Film: ‘La La Land’

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, USA | Hong Kong, 128 minutes, (12A)
Director – Damien Chazelle


A beguiling musical romance radiating charm. Set in contemporary Hollywood Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, two people thwarted in their ambition, fall in love. Success when it finally arrives comes at a personal cost.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – La La Land
Rotten Tomatoes – La La Land
Official Website – La La Land

AUDIENCE SCORE – 74.58%

COMMENTS:

  • Vastly overrated. La La Land -14 Oscar nominations – I Daniel Blake 0 nominations – makes no sense
  • Too hyped for an average film. Good to be able to come to Pontardawe to see it though
  • Great start, great finish, not so sure about the middle and more worthy Oscar winners
  • Absolutely beautiful ….really loved it
  • Quite extraordinary colours – wonderful homing in to the solitary figure -very moving. Needs thinking about at home
  • Hopeful
  • Great for most of the film, until the tone shifted during ‘fall’ great finish – picked it up
  • Really enjoyed. If you like romance, music and dance one to watch
  • Loved it – thank you for a beautiful film
  • Utterly charming
  • Absolutely amazing. Such a wonderful story told in such a stunning way. captivating and emotional
  • Kept my attention – very interesting
  • I have no idea what that was about. Too loud but I couldn’t hear anything. La La
  • A new experience. Glad to have seen it. will think about it.
  • Better than I expected (wasn’t my choice) but sometimes the lyrics weren’t clear enough to understand
  • Mixed feelings – enjoyed parts of it but not as good as I’d anticipated from the hype
  • Some bits very good. Others lacking. Musicals aren’t my cup of tea – this had something
  • Good balance of song and dance and very feel good
  • 14 oscar nominations/ 5 baftas – why? If this film was produced in the heyday of musicals it wouldn’t have been given airtime!

Audience Reaction: ‘I, Daniel Blake’

A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake

COMMENTS BELOW

  • Excellent social commentary – perhaps slightly one sided – not all job centre staff are hostile
  • Very well made. They could have gone over the top but this was just right and exactly as it is in real life as I have witnessed
  • Heart-breaking and extremely moving. Sadly very true
  • Brilliant – thought provoking
  • Should be compulsory viewing for everyone – especially MPs
  • Very down to earth, true to life which is a pity
  • Where is empathy in our society?
  • Excellent film having been affected by these issues ourselves
  • A moving expose of our so called caring society. We’re all in this together? I think not.
  • Hard hitting and absolutely real and true
  • Completely changed my views on the benefits system – harrowing film
  • This is not fiction – it UK now – our shame
  • Brilliant as only Ken Loach can do. So sad, such an indictment of Britain today
  • British film making at ist best an intelligent and deeply moving protralay of the realities of modern Britain beyond the bullshit of sound-bite politicians. Remarkable.
  • One less statistic for the government to worry about.
  • Awesome but a sad indictment of our society
  • Full frustration – I wonder how I would do in similar circumstance
  • Very moving. The single mum reminded me of me moving into a home with my child struggling. Really felt for the characters. Made the injustice of the benefits system really clear
  • It’s a heart-breaking yet heart-warming film, and it challenges ones assumptions about the state supporting attitude to its citizens
  • As powerful a film as you would expect from Ken Loach – just wish I could have understood all the dialogue – perhaps I should see the subtitled French version next!
  • Incredible – everyone should see it – distraught
  • Shows the lethal consequences of lack of respect
  • Dickens in modern dress – oh brave new world
  • Tragic
  • Too close to the truth – well acted
  • Personal truth heart-wrenching film – ken loach’s best film – truthful to the core – time for a revolution
  • I cant stop crying and I feel angry – I do not understand how the system works
  • Absolutely wonderful, powerful, profound, looking-glass into real life for many citizens of our society. Should be compulsory viewing for everyone

Our Next Film: I, Daniel Blake

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, UK, 100 minutes, (15)
Director – Ken Loach

A moving and fiery rail against social injustice. Daniel Blake, a middle aged widower in the North East unable to work or get benefits after a heart attack befriends a struggling single mum who is reduced to using food banks to feed her family. Heart-breaking and passionate.

Preceded by short film from Shelter Cymru. Wine reception after the film for members

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – I, Daniel Blake
Rotten Tomatoes – I, Daniel Blake
Official website – I, Daniel Blake

AUDIENCE REACTION:

A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake':

COMMENTS BELOW:

  • Excellent social commentary – perhaps slightly one sided – not all job centre staff are hostile
  • Very well made. They could have gone over the top but this was just right and exactly as it is in real life as I have witnessed
  • Heart-breaking and extremely moving. Sadly very true
  • Brilliant – thought provoking
  • Should be compulsory viewing for everyone – especially MPs
  • Very down to earth, true to life which is a pity
  • Where is empathy in our society?
  • Excellent film having been affected by these issues ourselves
  • A moving expose of our so called caring society. We’re all in this together? I think not.
  • Hard hitting and absolutely real and true
  • Completely changed my views on the benefits system – harrowing film
  • This is not fiction – it UK now – our shame
  • Brilliant as only Ken Loach can do. So sad, such an indictment of Britain today
  • British film making at ist best an intelligent and deeply moving protralay of the realities of modern Britain beyond the bullshit of sound-bite politicians. Remarkable.
  • One less statistic for the government to worry about.
  • Awesome but a sad indictment of our society
  • Full frustration – I wonder how I would do in similar circumstance
  • Very moving. The single mum reminded me of me moving into a home with my child struggling. Really felt for the characters. Made the injustice of the benefits system really clear
  • It’s a heart-breaking yet heart-warming film, and it challenges ones assumptions about the state supporting attitude to its citizens
  • As powerful a film as you would expect from Ken Loach – just wish I could have understood all the dialogue – perhaps I should see the subtitled French version next!
  • Incredible – everyone should see it – distraught
  • Shows the lethal consequences of lack of respect
  • Dickens in modern dress – oh brave new world
  • Tragic
  • Too close to the truth – well acted
  • Personal truth heart-wrenching film – ken loach’s best film – truthful to the core – time for a revolution
  • I cant stop crying and I feel angry – I do not understand how the system works
  • Absolutely wonderful, powerful, profound, looking-glass into real life for many citizens of our society. Should be compulsory viewing for everyone

Audience Reaction: ‘Truman’

The audience gave Truman a score of 90%

Comments as follows

  • We enjoyed this film very much.  Poignant, touching, funny and amusing.
  • A roller coaster of emotions – joys and griefs – poor Truman seemed almost incidental – the perfect, quiet companion animal
  • A very brave, sad film,  guitar music was very emotive
  • Really emotional and very truthful about men (and women’s) relationships  excellent film.  One of the best this season
  • Heart-warming.  Brilliant acting
  • I found the son’s choice to go to a concert with his girlfriend rather than spend time with his dying father rather unbelievable and the relationships were all rather shallow – in the circumstances I would expect more sincerity
  • Too emotional to comment
  • Moving and accurate picture of men’s relationships.  Use of dog clever!
  • A gentle stroll through a man’s last days told with gentle aplomb and some touching moments
  • Well told well acted  could have ben over sentimental but was moving
  • Lovely soundtrack  extremely moving  captivating acting
  • Sorry ! thought the ethics were awful

Next Film: Men & Chicken

Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, Denmark, 104 minutes, (15)
Director – Anders Thomas Jensen


Riotous, bawdy and transgressive black comedy. Discovering their father isn’t really their father two brothers go in search of their biological parent. They discover a unique place – where bestiality is gleefully accepted, casual violence the norm and unusual passions are indulged – and start to uncover the mysteries of their origins. Not for the faint hearted.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)
Rotten Tomatoes – Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)

Next Film: Embrace of the Serpent

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, Colombia, 125 minutes, (12A)
Director – Ciro Guerra

 


Shot in mesmerising monochrome, a rich visual feast. A breath-taking journey through the Columbian Amazon following two interlocking stories of European explorers (in the early 1900s and 40 years later) in search for a rare an exotic plant with healing properties.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)
Rotten Tomatoes – Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente)

Rescheduled: ‘Mustang’, tonight….

We can’t show ‘Daughter’ as the distributor has sadly ceased trading. Instead we are showing ‘Mustang’.

SCREENING TUESDAY 27th September!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

2015, Turkey, 94 minutes, (15)
Director – Deniz Gamze Erguven


Set in Turkey a sensitive and powerful portrait of sisterhood and sexuality. Five sisters are spotted playing innocently with boys The supposed debauchery causes their uncle to escalate his plans to marry them off – classes in housework and cooking replace school. The sisters fight back against the limits imposed on them.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Mustang
Rotten Tomatoes – Mustang

AUDIENCE SCORE – 86.11%

COMMENTS:

  • Beautifully filmed brilliantly acted very harrowing story – highlighting what’s happening to young girls in so many countries
  • Mixed feelings. Hard to watch at times
  • Excellent drama, beautifully told with some great scenes and an uplifting ending. Really enjoyed it.
  • Blimey!
  • Gripping – old values suffocating modern young Turkish women – a contempary theme not yet resolved
  • A well told tale of young girls growing up in a Muslim country!
  • Very watchable but sadly disturbing film. Plaudits for the editing.
  • Brilliant film but a sad indictment of the way women are treated in vast swathes of the world
  • Thought provoking. Tradition eh!
  • Pointless. Puerile. Bad direction
  • So very sad that women are treated like this
  • Sadly how many millions of girls does this apply to in the world…
  • Very powerful touching film. Really enjoyed but sad. Beautiful film
  • Very moving film. Beautifully filmed. Felt for each character
  • A very powerful and moving film!
  • Story excellently told, good cinematography. Believable portrayals throughout