FRANTZ

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francois Ozon Stars: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Ernst Stotzner, Marie Gruber, Johann von Bulow, Anton bon Lucke, Cyrielle Claire, Alice de Lencquesaing. The prolific Francois Ozon is one of France’s most stylish and intriguing filmmakers, especially with visually sumptuous melodramas like Swimming Pool winning great critical acclaim and reaching international audiences. His films deal with sex and death, and often have a strong queer subtext. His latest film is no exception. Frantz is a haunting and stylish period romance set in the Continue reading

THE COUNTRY DOCTOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Thomas Lilti Stars: Francois Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt, Christophe Odent, Yohann Goetzmann, Isabelle Sadoyan, Felix Moati. Une Pratique De Pays? After screenings at the French Film Festival this gentle, bittersweet drama gets a limited cinematic release on the art house circuit. Jean-Pierre Werner (played by Francois Cluzet, from The Intouchables, etc) is a dedicated doctor in a regional area of France. He is the sort of old fashioned doctor who puts his patients ahead of monetary considerations, a bit like the Gallic equivalent Continue reading

A MAN CALLED OVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hannes Holm Stars: Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars, Tobias Almborg, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll, Chatarina Larsson, Borje Lundberg, Klas Wiljergard. This Oscar-nominated Swedish comedy about a socially awkward grumpy old man rediscovering his humanity and the sense of community is essentially Gran Torino with subtitles. A Man Called Ove is a life affirming tale. At first I thought it was going to be a Scandinavian variation of the perennial Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life, but this is a more complex tale of hope, optimism and finding Continue reading

LAND OF MINE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Pieter Zandvliet Stars: Roland Moeller, Louis Hofmann, Oskar Belton, Emil Belton, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, Oskar Bokelmann, Leon Seidel, Karl Alexander Seidel, August Carter, Maximilian Beck, Tim Bulow. Land Of Mine is a powerful, intense and involving drama set in Denmark in 1945, immediately after the end of WWII. And as unlikely as it seems, it is based on a little known true story from the annals of history. After the war, some 2.2 million landmines littered Denmark’s beaches, planted there by the Nazis who feared that Continue reading

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Otto Bell. This is one of the most gorgeous and visually stunning documentaries I’ve seen in a long time. First time feature documentary filmmaker Otto Bell, who comes from a background in advertising, gives us a rare glimpse into to lives and traditions of the nomadic Kazakh tribespeople who live in the remote foothills of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia. We’ve seen a couple of fictional dramas set in this world, with The Story Of The Weeping Camel in 2003 and Tulpan in 2008, but this documentary Continue reading