Thursday, 30 November 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
ONLINE BOOKING - Pontardawe Arts Centre
2016, France | Germany, 113 minutes, (12A)
Director – François Ozon
A stylish black and white film set in the aftermath of WWI. When a young German woman grieving for the death of her fiancé meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the grave to lay flowers.
IMDb – Frantz
Rotten Tomatoes – Frantz
Thursday, 26 October 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
2016, France | Belgium | Japan, 80 minutes, (PG)
Director – Michael Dudok de Wit
A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island. He is desperate to escape until one day he meets a strange, giant red turtle and begins a friendship that will change his life. Exquisite wordless animation from Studio Ghibli.
IMDb – The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)
Rotten Tomatoes – The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)
Maudie certainly seemed to please
Very Good 11
Giving an overall rating of 93.27% – is that high enough for the Ponty Awards??
Comments as follows
- It hit the spot
- Charming, poignant, sad. Excellent acting and fabulous cinematography
- What gives some people the inner strength to find joy in life – no matter what is thrown at them?
- Brilliant acting, beautiful photography, moving story
- Really enjoyed this film made me think of how material the world is and to enjoy and value the simpler things in life
- Slow but very moving. The characters were well sketched and the story was very heartwarming
- A beautiful film. Great performances from Hawkins and Hawke
- More like this please. Lovely film. ‘Shape of Water’ next
- Like most modern transatlantic films would have benefitted from subtitles – couldn’t follow most of the dialogue
- Excellent acting though sadly it reminded me of Eddie Redmayne as Steven Hawkins and the transexual. Thematically like Manchester by the Sea. Communication and the development of relationships with few words – very moving
- A gentle romantic view of what was probably a far harsher reality
- Desperately sad but uplifting. Great scenery
- Excellent film. Lovely cuppa too
- Charming and artistic – life as art
- A tender tale where six and eight make one
- This is one of the best films I have seen in a long time. Will recommend it to friends and family
- It made me cry
- Sensitive and beautiful
- Remarkable film – will live long in the memory
A new record, 97.53% for the first film of the season, ‘I, Daniel Blake‘
- 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
- 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
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
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.
IMDb – Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)
Rotten Tomatoes – Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns)
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.
IMDb – Mustang
Rotten Tomatoes – Mustang
AUDIENCE SCORE – 86.11%
- 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.
- 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
The audience gave ‘Dheepan‘ a score of 80%
Here are their comments:
- Out of the frying pan into the fire Very good acting by all
- Fine film spoilt by the shooting spree at the end
- Was the ending intended to represent the life they were expecting – in stark contrast to the one they found themselves living?
- An incredibly well acted reminder of reality in some part of Europe and the world
- Moving, dark and disturbing. Not a pleasing viewing but necessary perhaps. Ending didn’t fit
- Dirty Harry at the end??? Hard work. Don’t think I like film
- Acting outstanding. Totally believable. Quality film
- Multi layered, excellent acting and the tears behind the smiles
- Wow! Why did we have lighting stands on the stage obscuring the film?
- Another thought provoking film. Life is difficult
The audience gave ‘13 Minutes‘ a score of 94.18%
Their comments were as follows:
- Loving these factual films – loved the directing, the way it kept flicking back and forth. Tense.
- Not my cup of tea but excellent film
- A very moving, dramatic film – one must ask:- what if?
- Hard to watch at times but one of the best films about eh war I have seen. Amazing story very well told
- Very powerful
- Knew nothing of this before seeing the film – story presented in an interesting way
- A powerful drama and an important true story which needed to be brought to light. Tension and horrow of Nazi Germany well depicted
- A grim watch and an important one – would never have heard of Elser. Inspiring
- Moving convinving portrayal of daily life with Nazis but I cant stomach the violence
- Enjoyable acting but hard to watch at times.
The audience gave ‘Rams‘ a score of 80.45%
And their comments were as follows:
- Just love the pace and observations, the honest depiction of real life. One of the most powerful stories of redemption I have ever watched. Thank you.
- Beautifully filmed, deeply sad, just carried along by bits of humour. Loved the beards and jumpers
- Slow slow slow sheep!!!
- Who would have thought inaction could have been so gripping? Well the storm was far from inactive! Obsession or passion? Perhaps the same. Great visuals. Sound psychology
- Thomas Hardy type tale in the icy northern hemisphere – beautifully shot and very glad no sheep seemed to be harmed
- Loved the story of two brothers, one common goal for the sheep. Heart wrenching, felt for them when the sheep had to die. Humour in parts. Ending of the film, my conclusion is they all died – sheep, dog and brothers but on the hand all lived happily ever after. Loved the bleakness of the scenery and how the whole film captivated you
- Moving portrayal of relationship between brothers and impact of a disease like scrapie
- Brilliant, evocative and so atmospheric
- A good film spoiled by the lack of an ending
- Realistic, superb acting
- Powerful albeit bleak. How much it takes to reunite two brothers after 40 years
- Fascinating; felt like the first part of a two parter. Felt real, want to go to Iceland
- It takes sibling rivalry to its extremes very moving experience
- Like the dog and sheep very moving
- Very interesting story – excellent photography, slow pace added to the atmosphere – lovely music – sad end – message??? Life’s too short – keep talking!
- A not so simple tale of two brothers told simply
- Good dramatic cinematography. A nice story but was it a happy ending!????
- Showed how tough life is outside the cities and towns of Iceland. Very sad film but enjoyed
- Did they run out of money or film?
- I wasn’t sure if it was meant to be a drama or a comedy. However I did enjoy it. The ending was quite abrupt though
The Pontardawe audience gave the film ‘A Second Chance‘ a score of 83.33 %
Their comments were:
- Difficult to watch at times but a rewarding watch – good acting. Brave story line
- Excellent story
- Was it a psychological exploration of grief or a thriller? Good either way. a little too much use of beautiful yet stark Scandi landscapes
- Very dramatic – excellent acting – would have made a good TV series
- Interesting film – what a twist
- For the first half hour I thought I was going to hat eit … vbut then so many surprises in store. Trouble is, I can never talk about the plot to anyone who hasn’t yet seen it!
- Very interesting story, well told – twist at the end was very clever
- Brilliant – so many twists and turns – beautiful photography, excellent acting – what he did was wrong but understandable – Happy ending
- Very believable acting, beautifully shot, emotionally gripping tale
- Emotional film. A bit far fetched in what a senior Police Officer did but guess we all act differently in stressful situations. A twist in the story, didn’t expect that, but all turned out good in the end. Guess his actions saved the baby and mother’s life. Recommended
- Very moving
- A good cast was wasted in a hopelessly unbelievable plot. Totally implausible from start to finish, and a major disappointment.