World cinema

Tales From Earthsea – Blu-ray Review

Tales From Earthsea – Blu-ray Review

It’s not unusual for a novel to be adapted into a film, but it’s always interesting when a classic is adapted by Studio Ghibli. Epic in telling and stunning in execution, this animated adaptation of Tales From Earthsea has just been released on Blu-Ray for your enjoyment.  And we think it’s a worthy...

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Free Men – Review

Free Men – Review

There are many types of men, some are strong and brave, some less so. Some are X-Men and an even smaller number are free men. Despite having no super powers or funny outfits, free men, in their own way, save the world too. One of these free men is Younes (played by Tahar Rahim of the excellent Un...

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She Monkeys – Review

She Monkeys – Review

Two teenage girls find friendship, rivalry, and possibly something more, in the competitive world of horse vaulting. These are two of the playful, selfish, maddening she-monkeys that give this obscure Swedish film its name. Emma (Mathilda Paradeiser) joins an equestrian vaulting team where she meets...

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The Source – Review

The Source – Review

The Source is an extremely beautiful exploration of the traditional Muslim culture in a small  North African village. It may focus on a single village, yet it represents a much broader picture of femininity and equality that deserves to be brought to the attention of a wide audience. The Source is the...

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Il Boom – Review

Il Boom – Review

Italy changed a lot in the years after the Second World War. The country picked itself up from the ruins of war and transformed into one of the world's largest economies. It went from being a country of bicycle thieves and impoverished shoe-shines to one of il (economic) boom. Vittorio De Sica's two...

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Plan B – Review

Plan B – Review

Plan B is another cerebral whodunnit from Argentine director Marco Berger, where the mystery is not stone cold body, but living, breathing sexuality. Bruno, a long-haired, shaggy long-haired young man played by Manuel Vignau, plans revenge after he is dumped by his girlfriend. His first scheme, plan A,...

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Delicacy – Review

Delicacy – Review

It's quirky, it's French, it's Audrey Tautou - what could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a few things, as it turns out... Delicacy follows the story of Nathalie (Tautou) who is so loved up it's almost unbearable. Her cutesy romance with Francois (Pio Marmai) involves kissing outside cafés, twirling in...

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Absent – Review

Absent – Review

Towards the end of Marco Berger's Absent (Ausente) one of the characters remarks that she has been reading a book that has too many 'gaps' in it, which have been included to leave room for the reader's interpretation. She doesn't know if she'd recommend the book, but we're happy to do so for this...

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Le Havre – Review

Le Havre – Review

Le Havre is a film about a bunch of very odd people. Luckily, it's also a really good film about a bunch of very odd people. To describe it in a sentence, it tells the tale of a writer-cum-shoe-shiner who helps his wife through her illness and takes care of an illegal immigrant. But it deserves a lot more than...

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La Grande Illusion – Review

La Grande Illusion – Review

La Grande Illusion is a war film that is set miles from the front and contains no fighting. Instead it focuses on a motley group of characters for whom the war is over - POWs - and spins out a yarn that is funny, insightful and moving. It's no wonder that the film is regarded as one of the best ever...

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