TWO IS A FAMILY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hugo Gelin Stars: Omar Sy, Clemence Poesy, Antoine Bertrand, Gloria Colston, Ashley Walters, Clementine Celarie, Raphael von Blumenthal. A remake of the 2013 Mexican comedy Instructions Not Included, the crowd pleasing Two Is A Family is sort of a Gallic Kramer Versus Kramer that deliberately tugs at the heartstrings. It was the most popular film at the French box office in 2017-18, and recently screened to great acclaim at the French Film Festival here in Australia. It stars Omar Sy, who was wonderful in the fantastic French Continue reading

BACK TO BURGUNDY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cedric Klapisch Stars: Pio Marmai, Ana Girardot, Francois Civil, Jean-Marie Winling, Maria Valerde, Yamee Couture, Jean-Marc Roulot, Eric Caravaca, Tewfik Jallab, Bruno Raffaelli, Hugo Soyer. Set in the wine growing region of the Loire Valley over the course of one year, this French drama is a tale of family, relationships, the ties that bind us, and, of course, wine. Raised on a vineyard in Burgundy with his siblings, Jean (played by Pio Marmai) left home a decade ago to travel the world and also to escape from the presence Continue reading

BELLE & SEBASTIAN 3: FRIENDS FOR LIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Clovis Cornillac Stars: Felix Bossuet, Tcheky Karyo, Clovis Cornillac, Thierry Neuvic, Margaux Chatelier, Andre Penvern, Anne Benoit. Subtitled Friends For Life, this heart-warming film is the third film in the popular series about the adventures of a boy and his dog in the beautiful Pyrenees in the 1940s, and brings the series to a fitting close. Belle & Sebastian was based on the popular book written by actress Cecile Aubry in the 1969s. The first film in this series was released in 2013 and took place in 1943 when the Continue reading

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