Pain and Glory / Dolor y Gloria (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019): a classic Almodóvarian tale.

I have been avidly waiting for this film, ever since watching Julieta (2016) and knowing his next film would be only two-three years after. Viewing his entire filmography for my dissertation on my small laptop screen was never ideal, so having the opportunity to see Pain and Glory on the cinema screen made the wait … Continue reading Pain and Glory / Dolor y Gloria (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019): a classic Almodóvarian tale.

You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay, 2017): a director’s recurring visual voice for disturbed characters

Lynne Ramsay’s 2017 film You Were Never Really Here premiered 6 years after her masterpiece We Need to Talk About Kevin, one of my favourite and most-watched films of all time, so it’s surprising how long it’s taken to get around to watching it. The fairly short – 1hr30m – film is a violent-but-not-graphic, intense-but-not-explicit … Continue reading You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay, 2017): a director’s recurring visual voice for disturbed characters

Beautiful Boy (Felix van Groeningen, 2018)

Two biographies written by father and son respectively, combined together to create a painfully emotional film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, in his English-language directorial debut Beautiful Boy (2018). Beautiful Boy takes the names and stories chronicled in the books Tweak (Nic Sheff) about the author’s own struggle with drug addiction, and his father’s perspective … Continue reading Beautiful Boy (Felix van Groeningen, 2018)

Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1968)

Buñuel’s masterpiece Belle de Jour (1968) has certainly aged well; the film’s reflection on the hypocrisy of sexuality and eroticism in gender is always a pertinent discussion to be had, even in 2019. The double-standards of sexual exploration and expression are subtly criticised throughout the story of the bored housewife Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) as her … Continue reading Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1968)

Hiroshima, Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)

Filmed 14 years after an Atomic bomb was dropped by the USA onto Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki, murdering millions and leaving devastating and lasting effects on the country, Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, Mon Amour is an artistic and abstract visualisation of the event’s consequences. Elle (Emmanuelle Riva), a French actress starring in a film about peace, … Continue reading Hiroshima, Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)

The Burial of Kojo (Sam Blitz Bazawule, 2018)

Sound and image is combined to create the lyrical landscape of The Burial of Kojo, orchestrated by musician-turned-director Sam Blitz Bazawule and performed by Ghanaian locals. Dreams and reality cross-over in the eyes of Esi (Cynthia Dankwa), a young African girl who takes the centre-stage of this cabbalistic fable, the non-linear narrative following her as … Continue reading The Burial of Kojo (Sam Blitz Bazawule, 2018)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan, 2018)

"There's no such thing as homosexuality, just the struggle with sin" I immediately thought of the film But I'm a Cheerleader, the 1999 camp comedy directed by Jamie Babbit, as the film progressed and the storyline unfolded in The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Whilst exploring the same idea of sexual conversion camps in America, both … Continue reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Desiree Akhavan, 2018)

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Macon Blair, 2017)

"What are we doing, here in this world?" "Trying to be good. Be better". "What about me? Am I good?" As the title of this film indicates, depressed nurse Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) feel disconnected from the world she lives in. One irritating act after another pushes Ruth to her limit: people queue jumping and standing … Continue reading I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Macon Blair, 2017)