ALPHA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Albert Hughes Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Marcin Kowlaczyk, Natassia Malthe, Jens Hulten. Set during the last great Ice Age in Europe some 20,000 years ago, this epic adventure and brutal tale of survival in a harsh wilderness is a bit like a prehistoric version of The Revenant. It is also something of a coming of age tale as it follows a teen’s journey to manhood. There is also something of Jack London’s classic The Call Of The Wild about its subplot in which the boy tames a wolf and turns him into a pet, Continue reading

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with Valeria Solarino

by GREG KING The Italian Film Festival is screening at Palace Cinemas across the country throughout September. One of the special guests of the festival this year is actress Valeria Solarino, who has three films screening. She will be opening the festival in both Sydney and Melbourne before taking part in a Q&A session for her film There’s No Place Like Home, which has been directed by Gabriele Muccino. Valeria also appears in Quanto Basta (As Needed), and I Can Quit Whenever I Want 3: Ad Honorem, the third film in Sydney Sibilia’s popular comedy series. Greg Continue reading

C’EST LA VIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Eye Haidara, Jean-Paul Rouve, Benjamin Lavernhe, Judith Chemla, Vincent Macaigne, Suzanne Clement. A Gallic The Wedding Planner? Max Angeley (played by Jean-Pierre Bacri, from Look At Me, etc) is a veteran wedding planner and caterer who offers first rate service and lavish affairs for couples. But after thirty years he wants to get out of the business. After a couple of decades, he now lacks tolerance for couples who want to compromise on the Continue reading

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