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Sapphic Swoon: Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden (2016) – Blu-ray review

Sapphic Swoon: Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden (2016) – Blu-ray review

Here’s a Brit-lit adaptation you won’t mistake for the BBC1 Sunday night slot. Park turns up the heat on everything: sex, violence,..

August 2, 2017 with 0 Comments
Welcome To Finland: Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope (2017) – Blu-ray review

Welcome To Finland: Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope (2017) – Blu-ray review

Kaurismäki finds the funny side – eventually – to the refugee crisis, in a film whose bittersweet tone is gatecrashed by typically..

July 19, 2017 with 0 Comments
Countryfail: Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling (2016) – Blu-ray review

Countryfail: Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling (2016) – Blu-ray review

Cold Comfort Farm: the Unrated Edition – a mournful elegy for a rural community left to sink in the mud, with only rage and despair for..

July 13, 2017 with 0 Comments
Postwar Playfulness: Francois Ozon’s Frantz (2016) – Blu-ray review

Postwar Playfulness: Francois Ozon’s Frantz (2016) – Blu-ray review

Will the real François Ozon please stand up?  The simplicity of Frantz’s story hides an astonishing tonal, emotional and formal range...

July 7, 2017 with 0 Comments
Transcendental Transplant – Katell Quillévéré’s Heal The Living (2016) – Blu-ray review

Transcendental Transplant – Katell Quillévéré’s Heal The Living (2016) – Blu-ray review

By favouring a sober, scientific treatment of the transplant process, Quillévéré avoids easy sentimentality but still stirs heart and..

June 29, 2017 with 0 Comments
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