Tag Archives: foreign film

Our Next Film: Capernaum

Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2018, UK/Lebanon, 123 minutes, (R), subtitled
Director – Nadine Labaki

Whilst serving a five year sentence for a violent crime a 12 year old boy in Beirut sues his parents for bringing him into the world.

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LINKS:
IMDb – Capernaum
Rotten Tomatoes – Capernaum

Our Next Film: ‘Shoplifters’

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2018, Japan, 121 minutes, (15), subtitled
Director – Hirokazu Koreeda

From the maker of Like Father Like Son, a richly satisfying drama about a family of small-time crooks who take a child they find in the street. Scooping the Palme d’or at Cannes. In equal parts an incisive social critique and a nuanced family portrait.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Shoplifters / Manbiki Kazoku
Rotten Tomatoes – Shoplifters / Manbiki Kazoku

Our Next Film: The Heiresses / Las Heredras

Tuesday, 5 February 2019, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2018, Paraguay, 98 minutes, (12A), subtitled
Director – Marcelo Martinessi

A relationship between two wealthy women is threatened when one of them is jailed and the other begins an unexpected flirtation.

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LINKS:
IMDb – The Heiresses
Rotten Tomatoes – The Heiresses

Our Next Film: Redoubtable

Tuesday, 11 December 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Italy/France, 108 minutes, (15) subtitles
Director – Michael Hazanavicius

From ‘The Artist’ director a playful multi-layered biopic of Jean Luc Godard, the great New Wave innovator and his tumultuous relationship with Anne Wiazemsky. A political, philosophical and biographic roller coaster brilliantly conjuring the political protest of 1968 France.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Redoubtable
Rotten Tomatoes – Redoubtable

Our Next Film: Under The Tree

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Iceland, 89 minutes, (15) subtitles
Director – Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

A dispute over a tree between two neighbours develops into urban warfare and spirals out of control. Icelandic social drama with plenty of black comedy showing the hilarious pettiness of two sides unwilling to back down.

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LINKS:
IMDb – Under The Tree
Rotten Tomatoes – Under The Tree

Our Next Film: Call Me By Your Name

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Italy / France, 132 minutes, (15) subtitles
Director – Lua Guadagnino

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.

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LINKS:
IMDb – Call Me By Your Name
Rotten Tomatoes – Call Me By Your Name

Our Next Film: A Prayer Before Dawn

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, France/UK, 116 minutes, (18)
Director – Jean-Stephane Sauvaire

Based on the true story of Billy, a heroin addict, sentenced to 3 years in a Thai prison. Unable to speak the language he struggles to survive and build relationships in a new and overwhelming reality.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – A Prayer Before Dawn
Rotten Tomatoes – A Prayer Before Dawn

Our Next Film: In the Fade (Aus Dem Nichts)

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Germany/France, 106 minutes, (18) subtitles
Director – Faith Akin

Diane Kruger gives an astonishing, Cannes Best Actress award-winning performance in this riveting thriller. A politically charged tale of grief and violence in Germany. Following the murder of her husband and child by Neo Nazis a Hamburg woman seeks revenge in a desperate fight for justice.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – In The Fade
Rotten Tomatoes – In The Fade

Our Last Film Of The Season: You Were Never Really Here

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, UK/USA, 89 minutes, (15)
Director – Lynne Ramsey

Joaquim Phoenix plays a traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living.  When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – You Were Never Really Here
Rotten Tomatoes – You Were Never Really Here

AUDIENCE REACTION:

A mixed response to the last film of the season

  • Excellent  6
  • Very Good 7
  • Good 6
  • Average 4
  • Poor 2
  • Off the scale 1

Giving an overall rating of 58.7%

COMMENTS:

  • Clichéd and over produced drivel
  • The plot was a bit think, but very clever management of atmosphere and character.  A reminder of how brutal life can be
  • Great film – really enjoy Ramsey’s attention to small details and themes – plus great soundtrack
  • Kind of like ‘Taxi Driver’ meets ‘The Shining’ –  most engrossing and one to revisit ……
  • Psycho babble
  • I saw it through – intriguing but confusing plot at times,  please don’t choose such a violent film again it was well done but not enjoyable.
  • Bit gory – soundtrack brilliant
  • Joaquin Phoenix is always watchable!
  • The film tried very hard but was too disturbing and pretentious in the depiction of violence.  The main character was a bit too devoid of emotion
  • Bewildered – bit too violent for my taste but liked music
  • Painful to watch at times but I liked the possibility of redemption at the end

Our Next Film: Loveless (Nelyubov)

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2017, Russia/France, 127 minutes, (15)
Director – Andrei Zvyagntsev

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. Eerie thriller of hypnotic, mysterious intensity from Leviathan director

TRAILER:

LINKS:
IMDb – Loveless
Rotten Tomatoes – Loveless

AUDIENCE REACTION:

  • Excellent 7
  • Very good 8
  • Good 2

Giving an overall score of 82%

COMMENTS:

  • Great sound mix
  • Bleak
  • Very harrowing and hard hitting.  Quite difficult to watch in parts.  Haunting
  • Terrific music – start to end.  Dark and depressing.  Accurate but too cold for me to enjoy