A visually inventive and lyrical offering in the science fiction category but avoiding the genre’s clichés. Directed with a sure hand by Canadian Denis Villeneuve ARRIVAL is about communication as well as the human experience of love and loss.
Political overtones can be found this period thriller set in the 1920s, specifically the conflict between Japan and Korea . With rich settings as well as sumptuous, detailed sets and costumes, this is a feast for the eyes, punctuated by breathtaking action sequences.
There’s a welcome clarity of vision in this tough yet elegant exposure of Romanian compromise and corruption. Romeo, an honest doctor, is confronted with moral choices to be made when his daughter’s academic success is jeopardised by a physical assault.
Heartrending it’s true, but this masterly, award -
AQUARIUS takes its name from a beachside apartment block in Recife, Brazil. Sonia Braga is electrifying as the music teacher who defies the greedy corporation planning to turn it into luxury flats. Architecture as the site of memory.
Modern Iran under the microscope as an acting couple (rehearsing Death of a Salesman) relocate to a new apartment. More of a thriller than Fahardi’s previous films.
Sarah Waters’ Victorian novel FINGERSMITH gets transferred to 1930s Korea. A compelling tale of revenge, full of plot twists. Expect dark humour and stylish design.
Like his legendary predecessor Ozu, director Kore-
A small cinematic miracle. Jim Jarmusch conjures up a sublime film from the triumphs and setbacks of daily life in Paterson, N.J. Especially recommended for lovers of dogs, cupcakes and, above all, poetry.
Enthralling meditation on the mechanics of memory, grief and alienation, based on short stories by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro and without Almodovar’s trademark delirium. Top marks for design and acting.
A passionate plea for social justice with the welfare system as its target . Timely , astute and intensely moving , Ken Loach’s multiple award winner shows a visit to the DWP turning into a Kafkaesque nightmare.
The themes here in an ecological fable are the environment and family loyalty. A young woman journeys from Spain to Germany to retrieve a thousand -
Best Film at the LFF last year. A portrait of independent women whose lives intersect in a small rural town in Montana. Reichart’s unfussy style is beautifully eloquent.
A bittersweet comedy about the ups and downs of life and coming to terms with its limitations. Features two of the Spanish -