THE FRENCH MINISTER

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bertrand Tavernier Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphael Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Jane Birkin, Bruno Rafaelli, Julie Gayet, Anais Demoustier, Thomas Chabrol, Alix Poisson, Thierry Fremont, Marie Brunel. Oui, Ministre? The French Minister (aka Quai d'Orsay) is supposedly a political farce set behind closed doors and within the halls of power of the French government. The central character here is Alexandre Taillard de Worms, the mercurial, frenetic but self absorbed and blustering foreign minister (Thierry Lhermitte) who is a whirlwind of Continue reading

VENUS IN FUR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roman Polanski Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmannuelle Seigner. Sex and power are two recurring themes in the films of Polish born director Roman Polanski (Chinatown, The Pianist, etc), and they dominate his latest film, which is an adaptation of David Ives' Tony award winning 2010 hit play Venus In Fur. Ives' play itself was adapted from a 19th century novella written by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who gave his name to the term masochism. Working closely with Ives, Polanski's adaptation of the play is reasonably faithful, but is also very Continue reading

THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES – interview with Sonja Richter

by GREG KING Sonja Richter is one of the stars of the unsettling thriller The Keeper Of Lost Causes, which is screening at the Scandinavian Film Festival. Adapted from a novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen, this crime thriller is a cross between Cold Case and Criminal Minds, but somewhat darker. It releases in cinemas in August. For his Movies At Dusk Program on 3WBC 94.1FM, Greg King spoke to Sonja about the film http://www.mediafire.com/listen/unctmdao7dwu6xn/190701_003.MP3       Continue reading

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Rolf De Heer Stars: David Gulpilil, Luke Ford, Peter Djigirr, Gary Sweet, Jennifer Budukpuduk Gaykamangu, Gary Waddell. Charlie's Country is Rolf De Heer's 14th feature film, and the third film in his unofficial trilogy exploring aboriginal issues - Ten Canoes dealt with the past and ancient traditional aboriginal ways and their dreamtime; The Tracker dealt with the cruel treatment of aboriginals in the 19th century by the white settlers; and this film is a confronting look at contemporary problems facing Australia's indigenous Continue reading

THE LUNCHBOX

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ritesh Batra Stars: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nakul Vaid, Bharati Achrekar, Sadashiv Kondaji Pokarkar. "Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right place." The Lunchbox is a very unBollywood like film - it does away with the large scale colourful musical numbers and an inordinate running time, opting instead for a touch of bittersweet realism and style. Nonetheless, this touching romantic drama between two sad and lonely people played out via some delicious meals and a series of poignant letters has become a Continue reading