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Trailer reel trumps Skyfall

Trailer reel trumps Skyfall

Finally trundled into my lame local Vue to see Skyfall this evening, which was long-winded and tense. I was also disappointed that the sky didn’t literally shatter and fall in. That aside, I nearly orgasmed at the trailer reel for the winter cinema season: The Hobbit  (13th December) !!! Life of Pi  (14th December) Django … Continue reading

Perverse desires & latent fantasies: Ozon’s In the House

Perverse desires & latent fantasies: Ozon’s In the House

Pivoting around that old archetypal ‘Mrs Robinson’ gem, Ozon’s In the House is a transgressive landslide of characters’ perverse desires and latent fantasies – or should that be the other way round? Germain (Fabrice Luchini), a failed novelist who finds himself teaching creative writing, becomes enraptured with the soap-opera style story of his sixteen year-old … Continue reading

Review: The Bird – Yves Caumon

Review: The Bird – Yves Caumon

French-language film The Bird is a small, arty production that focuses on the life of Anne, who lives a fairly non-existent life in a small deteriorating apartment. Sandrine Kiberlain’s lithe figure and lonely eyes produce a mesmerising performance as Anne, creating a character with stares as aimless as her wandering, and a drifting, innocuous presence. … Continue reading

Review: The Giants (Les Géants) – Bouli Lanners

Review: The Giants (Les Géants) – Bouli Lanners

Belgian painter, then actor, now director Bouli Lanners brings to the screen Les Géants, a convalescent journey of three boys left abandoned in the Belgian countryside. Brothers Seth (Martin Nissen) and Zak (Zacharie Chasseriaud) are left in their deceased grandpa’s house for the summer by their absentee mother, whose only presence comes from Zak’s mobile … Continue reading

Review: Carnage – Roman Polanski

Review: Carnage – Roman Polanski

Polanski’s domestic chattering-classes comedy Carnage was a quadruple country effort which came to screens in 2011. The plot revolves around two couples and their sons: the Cowans’ (Winslet and Waltz) son hit the Longstreets’ (Foster and Reilly) son across the face with a stick, causing permanent damage to his teeth, and forcing their parents into … Continue reading