World cinema

Heartbeats: a review

Heartbeats: a review

Xavier Dolan takes a stylish and melancholy look at a modern-day love triangle in his second feature film, Heartbeats. The impossibly good-looking Dolan both directs and stars in this film, playing Francis, the 'gay best friend' to Monia Chokri's wistful Marie. When the pair encounter the enigmatic and...

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Love Like Poison – a review

Love Like Poison – a review

Love Like Poison is, for the most part, a carefully handled portrayal of a 14-year-old girl's sexual awakening, and the conflicts which are often felt between between religion and instinct. Clara Augarde plays Anna, a young girl who returns from boarding school for the summer holidays to find herself...

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Rififi – Blu Ray release

Rififi – Blu Ray release

It is fitting that diamonds and their theft motivate the action in Rififi. The film is a gem, and like the stones in the film which are to be recut by a London fence, Rififi has gone on to influence many other films (and supposedly even crimes). Although it originally came out in 1955, it's still as fresh when it...

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The Bicycle Thief – Blu-Ray review

The Bicycle Thief – Blu-Ray review

The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di Biciclette) is a film that hardly makes a bad move. It is often thought of as an art film and has influenced lots of serious directors, but it is as easy to watch as classic Steven Spielberg. This is a movie that knows exactly how to pull at the heartstrings. Released in 1948...

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec – Review

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec – Review

This latest offering from veteran director Luc Besson is, well, surprising, to say the least. Perhaps I've been exposed to a disproportionate number of French art-house films, or perhaps it was because the only image I'd previously seen of Louise Bourgoin's Adèle was that of her stood semi-naked,...

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Essential Killing – reviewed

Essential Killing – reviewed

A fugitive on the run can easily become a man without identity. After all, it is our relationships that tend to define us, and if we also cannot speak or interact with our fellow man, we could be almost anyone. The escapee in Essential Killing could be anyone, although he happens to be a Taliban...

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His and Hers – a review

His and Hers – a review

If someone asked if you to want to watch a film with 70 different women talking in it and nothing else, you may be a little apprehensive. But this is exactly what Ken Wardrop has done with his latest documentary His and Hers. Wardrop first came to the forefront with his short film Undressing My Mother, a six...

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The Hunter – reviewed

The Hunter – reviewed

If you want to know what life is like under one of the Middle Eastern countries where people are taking to the streets in protests about their authoritarian governments, The Hunter might be a good place to start. Like the film's brooding electronic soundtrack, it pulses with alienated sorrow and fury. Some...

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Review: Police Adjective

Review: Police Adjective

We all know about cop movies - they follow a certain formula. There are crimes, an investigation and, hopefully, a resolution. Police, Adjective, directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, is a Romanian film about a policeman and his enquiry that is about as different from a normal cop movie as it is possible to get. This...

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Interview: Kristijan Milic on The Living and the Dead

Interview: Kristijan Milic on The Living and the Dead

The Living and the Dead is the first feature film to come from Croatian director Kristijan Milic. The film follows the parallel stories of soldiers fighting in both World War II and in the modern-day Yugoslavian Civil War, giving a chilling representation of how those who do not learn from their pasts are...

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