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Audience Reaction: ‘Rams’

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

Audience Reaction: ‘A Second Chance’

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.

Audience Reation: ‘Theeb’

The Pontardawe audience gave ‘Theeb‘ a score of 90%
 
Here are their comments:
 
  • Thanks for screening this film yesterday. It had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t believe the way in which Theeb grew up before our eyes in what (I can only imagine) was a short space in time.
  • Wonderful scenery (not that I would want to live there, mind). Excellent acting from the young lead actor. One of those films where you can never guess what is going to happen next – v. enjoyable twists and turns. For once a Film Club that I didn’t feel that was too long.
  • A remarkable achievement.
  • Enthralling if somewhat grim. Fantastic desert scenery.
  • Filming of the highest order – Brilliant.
  • Beautiful, thought provoking, poetic film. My kind of film. Loved it.
  • Beautifully shot. The clash between the old and new world.
  • Excellent plot. Good cast especially the boy Theeb. ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold’!
  • Very interesting film. Arresting!
  • Beautiful and savage – beautifully slow paced.
  • For most of its length it was very gripping and interesting. It slowed down towards the end, but overall it was excellent.
  • Beautifully shot, excellent child actor – a moody slow-burner.
  • Great cinematography – wonderful use of scenery + sense of place.
  • Visually & aurally stunning. So much from the point of view of the child who spoke little.
  • Haunting music, lovely scenery, thought provoking.

Audience Response: Marshland

The Pontardawe Film Club audience gave Marshland a score of 77.08%

The comments left were as follows:

  • A nice compelling taut thriller. Fantastic cinematography, atmospheric interiors and a tense atmospheric soundtrack. Overall 8/10.
  • Enjoyed film. Intensity, photography, shots. Good plot. Well acted. Worth watching.
  • Subtitles not on long enough, especially at start. Strong acting/story. Good scenery.
  • Good cop – Bad Cop. Excellent scenery. A good interesting yarn!
  • Gripping!
  • Very powerful. great cinematography.
  • Some lovely shots (photographic!) at start. Interesting film.
  • A very good “who dunnit” story. Loved the scenery, mysterious. Directing good, I jumped 3 times, intense in parts.
  • Excellent cinematography.
  • A moody thriller with the added menace of post-Franco Spain – well supported by atmospheric music and lovely scenery.
  • Great photography.
  • Adverts at the start of the film too loud! Ariel shots stunning. Plot/storyline all over the place. Unconvincingly police heavy!
  • An excellent film – tightly scripted with real emotional intensity. Great cinematography – especially the aerial shots.
  • Beautifully shot & haunting atmosphere created via music. Slow – too slow @ times for my taste. I have a sense that the Spanish audience would have picked up on things I missed.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this film. Beautiful cinematography! Tense plot that held attention throughout. Tension between 2 main characters held you in suspense.
  • I fell asleep!

Sorry if I made any mistakes, some of the handwriting was very difficult to decipher!

Audience Reaction: The Connection

The audience gave the film ‘The Connection‘ as core of 90%

Comments as follows:

  • Very enjoyable, beautifully shot. Perhaps a little longer than it needed to be but held the attention!
  • Very classy film, superbly acted.
  • I also remember the events at the time in France. Brilliant acting!
  • Not the best script in the world, lots of gaping holes. However the acting was good – the lead actor is very charismatic.
  • Good film, strong acting. 2 male leads. Just not my genre! So not excellent.

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Audience Reaction: Force Majeure

The audience gave tonight’s film ‘Force Majeure‘ a score of 50.78%.

Here are their comments:

  • Bit slow, but v. Bergmanesque & sinister. Show more Swedish films!
    Well worth showing. Poor Thomas! Why the bus ending. I won’t be going on a skiing holiday.
  • Humorous, poignant, off-beam, Nordic!
  • My perception of the film was coloured by the fact I cannot see any attraction to skiing or staying in hotels or being with the people in the film. Either the married people or the single people or the adulterous couple. I just couldn’t relate to any of it at all.
  • Different: Slow. Colourless. Humour-good. Thought provoking.
  • A bit slow, but worth seeing.
  • People in a mid-life crisis!
  • A few fine moments with humour… Interesting thoughts on relationships but overall it didn’t really work for me!
  • An odd film but think I enjoyed.
  • 6/10
  • Overlong – chilling in places and some bold statements about family + relationships – but uneven.
  • Boring and tedious. The underlying plot was sound but the screenplay didn’t do it justice.

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 – ‘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 – ‘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 – Leviathan

The audience gave the film ‘Leviathan‘ a score of 75.83%

Here are the comments:

  • Might we see a Hollywood remake? The little guy wins in the end, the weather is fine throughout and the alcohol produced benefits from some serious product placement.
  • The first 2 or 3 minutes set the tne for the whole film: moving from outside to an interior, we see a bedroom; specifically 2 bedside lamps. They are versions of Brancusi’s ‘Endless Column’, itself a wonderful metaphor for home, connecting the earth (us) with heaven (God). However they are only visible in the dark, only exist when the electricity is switched on. And the power supply is controlled by the state apparatus in which includes the church.
  • Brilliant film. Shame first half had drums playing in background. No more films on Monday.
  • Magnificent. What film making is all about.
  • First Russian film I have seen plot of corruption. We need a people’s revolution. Russia brought up on vodka it seems. Enjoyable film.
  • Bleak. The landscape was as desolate as the story.
  • Brilliant acting. Great to see a film from a different culture, not steeped in modern Western values.
  • Disappointing. Was Dimitri corrupted too? Must have been. Wonderful scenery.
  • Well acted and interesting story, but a bit too heavy going to be enjoyable.