World cinema

A Touch of Sin – Review

A Touch of Sin – Review

A Touch of Sin is the latest film from award-winning Chinese director Jia Zhangke, who’s most well-known film, Still Life, won the Golden Lion at the 63rd Venice Film Festival. Last year A Touch of Sin also won Best Screenplay at Cannes. The filmmaker's latest feature, after the success of 24 City...

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Like Father Like Son – Review

Like Father Like Son – Review

Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest film can be summarised simply: beautifully shot, a little bit implausible, but emotionally interesting. Maybe there is something in this brief description that echoes its theme – the nature of paternal love – the seemingly under-explored counterpoint to the more familiar study of...

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Khumba – Review

Khumba – Review

What makes a good animated film? High quality graphics, a solid plot, engaging characters and the odd animal thrown in to please the little ones in the audience. Khumba, a South African computer-animated comedy adventure has been crafted by Triggerfish Animation Studios to be a modern feature animation box...

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Stranger By The Lake – Review

Stranger By The Lake – Review

Alain Guiraude’s latest film quietly observes the comings and goings, or perhaps it would be more appropriate to say, the ins and outs, at a sequestered gay cruising spot in rural France. From the opening shot - a protracted long take displaying a car slowly approaching the lake - it’s clear that...

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Child’s Pose – review

Child’s Pose – review

The stranglehold of bureaucracy is a big issue in Romania. If the president, Traian Basescu, has said the country's 'huge bureaucracy' has prevented it from using EU funds, things really must be bad. In Child's Pose, a mother is determined to extricate her son from the legal fallout of a fatal car crash, before...

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Jeune et Jolie – Review

Jeune et Jolie – Review

Of the many issues that are guaranteed to get the British media in a fluster, things that are teen-sex related, do get the needles on the moral-panic-o-meter flailing wildly into red. François Ozon's new film wades straight into this danger zone with radioactive pants on.   Following close on...

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Nobody’s Daughter Haewon – Review

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon – Review

It all seems so simple at first. But look a bit harder, and Nobody's Daughter Haewon reveals depths. Hong Sang-soo's new film begins on the day that university student Haewon (Jeong Eun-Chae) spends time with her mother (Kim Ja-ok) before her parent emigrates to Canada. After this farewell, Haewon...

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Forgive me mother: Pietà – Review

Forgive me mother: Pietà – Review

It has been a year since Pietà won the Golden Bear - the highest prize at the 69th Venice Film Festival - but it has been worth the wait. The film must be one of the most bracingly original films to ever have won the prize. Korea is known for producing quite a bit of extreme cinema over the last 15 or 20...

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Kuma – Review

Kuma – Review

Kuma begins at a wedding in a small mountain village in Turkey, although most of the action takes place in a flat in Vienna. The film's protagonists travel a great distance from the joy of a nuptial, but they never quite leave behind their old village ways. The wedding is between beautiful country girl...

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Kiki’s Delivery Service – Review

Kiki’s Delivery Service – Review

Another day, another Ghibli anime for Blu-Ray. This time we're going back to 1989, when Hayao Miyazaki took inspiration from a novel by Eiko Kadono, and decided stereotypical broomstick wielding witches with black cats, evil plots and spine-chilling cackles were yesterday's news. Take away the schemes and...

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