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Mustang

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 Film Reviews,

Put five teenage sisters together in one household and it’s a recipe for chaos. Put them into a provincial household in Turkey and it’s a disaster waiting to happen. First-time director, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, has made a film that sums up the violent contradictions that face a young generation of Turks growing up in a […]

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Mia Madre

Friday, May 6th, 2016 Film Reviews,

Mia Madre is an example of a favourite cinematic sub-genre: the film about a director making a film. Fellini’s 8½ is the grandfather of the lot, but every year there are new installments. This time it isn’t Fellini’s alter-ego wading through a surrealistic cavalcade of memories, or Wim Wenders’s bleak evocation of a stalled film […]

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Rams

Friday, April 8th, 2016 Film Reviews,

At last, a movie for sheep fanciers everywhere! Rams is a small, deadpan story about two brothers who live next door to each in a remote part of Iceland, but haven’t exchanged a word in forty years. The only thing that gets people excited in this barren environment is sheep. The brothers, and their fellow […]

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Italian Film Festival 2014 & Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 Film Reviews,

Masterpieces are by definition rare, and from what I’ve seen so far, this year’s Lavazza Italian Film Festival has nothing to match Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty, which launched last year’s festivities. Aside from that significant absence the mix of films is remarkably similar. Last year we saw Mr. Volare, a feel-good bio-pic of the […]

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Young and Beautiful

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Film Reviews,

Young and Beautiful is a film about every parent’s nightmare and the French film industry’s abiding obsession. Imagine finding your 17 year-old daughter had taken up prostitution as a way of earning spare cash in the same way that other girls take up baby-sitting. Fans of French cinema may feel a sense of déjà vu […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Saturday, March 8th, 2014 Film Reviews,

Celebrating its 25th anniversaire, the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival returns this month to cinemas across the country. As the organisers continually remind us, this is now the biggest annual festival of French cinema outside of France. The appeal is pretty straightforward: ask most middle-class Australians for their favourite destination and France is always high […]

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Gloria

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 Film Reviews,

Over the past few years there has been an increasing volume of films about old people having sex – or thinking about having sex, or remembering what it was like to have sex. What began as an interesting sub-genre now resembles a movement. The trickle has become a torrent. One may only speculate on the […]

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Blue is the Warmest Colour

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 Film Reviews,

Queen Victoria allegedly saw no reason for criminalising lesbianism because she couldn’t understand what such women actually did. Although this old story is almost certainly false, on the very slim chance there is anyone today feeling similarly bewildered, Blue is the Warmest Colour offers a most comprehensive demonstration. This film, which goes by the catchy […]

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The Past

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 Film Reviews,

To the best of my knowledge there is not a single ten minute lesbian sex scene in the entire corpus of Iranian cinema. For films made in Iran even the simplest questions about sex, religion or morality can fall foul of the censors. The paradox is that these strictures have produced a body of work […]

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The Great Beauty

Saturday, January 25th, 2014 Film Reviews,

From one wild party to another. The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) was the opening attraction of last year’s Italian Film Festival. This week it gets a theatrical release, having just been nominated for the Academy Award for the best Foreign Language Film. Whether it wins or not, director Paolo Sorrentino has made a movie […]