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

Mute

I love Moon and so desperately wanted Mute to be good as we had waited so long for it. You've probably already work out then that this unfortunately fell well short of expectations. What starts out as a futuristic neo-noir with Leo searching for his missing girlfriend abruptly turns in to a very different film … Continue reading Mute

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

Tom of Finland (2017)

The images created by Tom of Finland may very well be familiar even if, like me, you know nothing about the artist himself. His drawings have influenced modern culture in many recognisable ways since the middle of the last century, but there is even more to the man that this film seeks to reveal. In true … Continue reading Tom of Finland (2017)

Toni Erdmann

Maren Ade's exploration of a strange father-daughter relationship has been almost universally hailed as one of the best films of the century by critics. It's been nominated all over the place for awards. Yet it doesn't win everywhere it's nominated, and I suppose that's because it is something of an acquired taste. Both the direction and … Continue reading Toni Erdmann

L’avenir – Things to Come

Can a performance be outstanding and understated at the same time? It's the best description I can come up with for Isabelle Huppert in this low-key story of a woman whose life is undergoing major changes. The life events come thick and fast, (ageing parents, relationship difficulties, getting too old for the job) but there … Continue reading L’avenir – Things to Come