L’amant double

Exactly one year ago, I was in Paris (to watch tennis) and tempted to go see L'amant double which had just opened in cinemas there, barely a couple of weeks after being screened at Cannes. In the end I didn't get time to go, but the fact that we've just had Cannes, and that tennis … Continue reading L’amant double

You Were Never Really Here

There's an awful lot packed into these 85 minutes, and they're all pretty intense. Joaquin Phoenix is not averse to taking on an enigmatic role, and this fits the bill. Enigmatic in that he says little and with no exposition, the audience is left to work out what's happening by simply following the action and … Continue reading You Were Never Really Here

Нелюбовь – Loveless + Q&A

A week in advance of the official UK release, Manchester's leading independent cinema (and my own personal favourite) HOME brought the cinema-going citizens of the region a preview screening of Loveless followed by a Q&A with director Andrey Zvyagintsev and producer Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy. Loveless is nominated for an Academy Award this year in the 'Foreign Language Film' … Continue reading Нелюбовь – Loveless + Q&A

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

"We wasted so much time" Spring and part of the summer of 1983 (when this film is set) was the beginning of an important period of my life - although I didn't realise it at the time. Aged somewhere between main characters Elio and Oliver, I spent several months living in Italy as part of … Continue reading Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Le Fidèle – Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

This is a strange one. I thought it had finished twice before it finally got there and found it a little all over the place in clarifying which strand of the narrative was important for plot and which was supposed to be exposition. And yet it was still very enjoyable. I could hear some perplexed … Continue reading Le Fidèle – Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

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 

Cien años de perdon – To steal from a thief 

The annual VIVA Spanish and Latin American Film Festival swung into life this evening at HOME with a feature and a short, both of which were reminiscent of classic films from decades past, yet which also stood up very firmly in their own right. They are also linked by a theme. TheThe short, Nini, is … Continue reading Cien años de perdon – To steal from a thief