Roma

I find it very difficult to comment too much in-depth on films like this, films which are so essentially personal to the film maker. And although many films to a certain extent will be personal, Roma - like Martin Scorsese's Silence - is so deliberately and deeply rooted in the experiences of the writer/director/cinematographer Alfonso Cuarón … Continue reading Roma

Una Mujer Fantástica – A Fantastic Woman

The word is dignity. Daniela Vega imbues Marina with such dignity, and it makes beautiful viewing. It’s a stunning, delicate performance which deserves all the plaudits it is receiving. The film is rooted in the truth of Marina’s situation, the resilience she finds to deal with her travails and the choices she makes as to … Continue reading Una Mujer Fantástica – A Fantastic Woman

Tigre (2017)

Viewed at TIFF '17 A collection of women of different generations find themselves sharing space in a run-down house on the Argentine delta. The men around them (sons, boyfriends) appear to lack the strength of conviction and personality that the women possess - it makes for some really interesting scenes between the women, and a couple … Continue reading Tigre (2017)

Arrebato – Rapture

I've just about picked my jaw up off the floor. I was not expecting anything like that! That's what happens when you book tickets weeks in advance, then don't check up on what you're going to see. In the pre-screening introduction, I learned that Arrebato was a movie which had immense difficulties in filming, had … Continue reading Arrebato – Rapture

La propera pell – The Next Skin

We first meet troubled teenager Leo causing havoc at his care home, and follow him as he is reunited with his mother after a period of eight years, during which he has been reported as missing. He also has amnesia, and so cannot be sure that the woman he meets is actually his mother, nor help … Continue reading La propera pell – The Next Skin

Siete días de enero – Seven Days in January 

Siete días de enero begins in a documentary style, with news reels and on-screen text outlining the events which are about to be dramatized in the film. It may seem like a strange choice, telling the audience the important points beforehand, but in reality this would have been for contemporary Spanish audiences little more than a … Continue reading Siete días de enero – Seven Days in January