World cinema

The Hunters (Jägarna)

The Hunters (Jägarna)

The distributors of The Killing and The Bridge, Arrow Films, announce the release of The Hunters (Jägarna), the 1996 prequel to director Kjell Sundvall’s 2011 crime thriller False Trail (Jägarna II), on DVD for the first time in the UK. After killing a man in the line of duty and almost losing his own...

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Love Crime (Crime d’Amour) – Review

Love Crime (Crime d’Amour) – Review

No one does a thriller quite like the French. For anyone used to the predictable realm of the Hollywood version, you should make yourself acquainted with French cinema, in particular French film noir. I would even recommend you start with this film. A mysterious thriller directed by Alain Corneau and set in the...

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Laurence Anyways – Review

Laurence Anyways – Review

Canadian director Xavier Dolan has never been one to shy away from sensitive subject matter, but has he met his match in transsexual drama, Laurence Anyways? Set in the 90s (although the poster screams 80s romance), Laurence Anyways tracks ten years in the life of Laurence Alia (Melvil Poupard), a...

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Casque d’or – Review

Casque d’or – Review

The French Belle Epoque, which lasted from the Naughty Nineties to the start of the First World War, was a dappled age of straw boaters and dapper moustaches, silk dresses, bonnets and boat trips under the champagne-coloured sun. The perfect scenario for a story of doomed love and violent...

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César et Rosalie – Review

César et Rosalie – Review

Early on in César et Rosalie, there is a race between two cars that captures many of the film's qualities. The race is jokey yet potentially dangerous, and although apparently playful it is really about a more serious rivalry and vanity of the two drivers. Finally, one of the cars drives off the road and comes...

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Quai des Brumes Blu-Ray – Review

Quai des Brumes Blu-Ray – Review

Along a quiet, foggy road a solitary soldier tries to catch a lift. Even before a single word has been said, we have a beautifully moody scene that could lead anywhere but is bound to be significant. It couldn't be otherwise because Jean Gabin, star of French 1930s and 40s silver screen, plays that lonely...

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Orson Welles’ The Trial

Orson Welles’ The Trial

The Trial starts with a short animation, a parable of a man who arrives at a gate seeking 'the law'. The gate keeper tells him he must wait before he will be let in. The supplicant waits his entire life without success and finally expires. Josef K., the protagonist in The Trial, is no more successful in getting...

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Cloclo – Review

Cloclo – Review

French pop music hasn't traditionally done very well on this side of the channel. Sure, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, and Charles Aznavour are quoted as influences by David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Marc Almond and a few other respectable British singers, but they are more of a cult thing or a hidden influence,...

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The Assault – Review

The Assault – Review

The Assault (L'Assaut) kicks off with a heavily armed, black-clad French SWAT team breaking into a barricaded building. Guns aim, foreheads frown, and tension builds. One of the men manoeuvres the device they will use to smash down the door. What is this high-tech implement? A garden rake. Despite this unorthodox...

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – DVD Review

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – DVD Review

A few years ago, after a double bill of Buñuel and Dali's surrealist classics Un Chien Andalou and L'Age D'Or (made in 1929 and 1930 respectively), I heard a woman remark to her companion in seats behind me, "You know, I think they were just too surreal." I don't think she would have been so put off by Buñuel's...

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