ON BODY AND SOUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ildiko Enyedi Stars: Geza Morcsanyi, Alexandra Borbely, Zoltan Schneider, Reka Tenki, Zsuzsa Jaro. Love in the abattoir? This is a quirky drama about the unlikely romance that develops between two lonely employees in a Budapest abattoir. The film won the prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, but it is an art house film that will be of little interest to a broader audience. Endre (played by Geza Morcsanyi) is the taciturn financial director of the abattoir. In his mid-fifties Continue reading

GURRUMUL

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Paul Williams. This is a reverential and respectful documentary about blind indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu, who died at the age of 46 in July 2017 from liver and kidney disease caused by hepatitis, which he contracted as a child. According to traditional aboriginal lore, after a person has died his name and image cannot be used. However, the tribal elders gave the filmmakers special dispensation here as they thought Gurrumul’s life and legacy was important. Gurrumul himself approved the documentary only Continue reading

LOVELESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev Stars: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov. A rather grim and bleak view of life in contemporary Russia, Loveless focuses on an unhappy family. Zhenya (Maryana Spivak in her feature film debut) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin, from Leviathan, etc) are a couple trapped in a loveless marriage and are in the throes of a bitter divorce. Their cramped apartment is full of tension and vicious arguments. Neither of them seems keen on taking custody of their lonely and introverted 12-year Continue reading

POP AYE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Kirsten Tan Stars: Thaneth Warakulnakrah, Penpak Sirkul,Yukonturn Sukkijja, Chaiwat Khumdee. A quirky and gentle road movie from Thailand, Pop Aye is sure to please audiences of a certain age or sensibility. Middle aged architect Thana (Thaneth Warakulnakrah) is in the midst of a mid-life crisis. He is fed up with his job and his marriage to his sexually frustrated and unhappy wife Bo (Penpak Sirkul), who feels resentful towards him for his lack of ambition and drive. Thana feels Continue reading

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Aki Kaurismaki Stars: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Niroz Haji. The latest film from idiosyncratic Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki, The Other Side Of Hope was the opening night attraction at the 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival. This comedy is full of his usual droll humour and dead pan style and absurdist touches. Kaurismaki often pokes fun at the Finnish working class and their daily struggles in his films. The Other Side Of Hope is the second film in an unofficial trilogy exploring the plight Continue reading