PARTISAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ariel Kleiman Stars: Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel, Florence Mazzara. Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman hails from a background in short films and short documentaries (his 2010 20-minute short Deeper Than Yesterday has won several awards) and this background shapes his debut feature film. The grim but flawed Partisan is a bleak coming of age tale set against the backdrop of a sinister cult run by Gregori, a charismatic Fagin-like leader (played by French actor Vincent Cassel), who is an expert at brainwashing recruits from an early Continue reading

PARTISAN – ARIEL KLEIMAN INTERVIEW

by GREG KING. "My short films were made as student films in a very unprofessional and renegade manner, but I think that grounding helped," says Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman about his debut feature film Partisan, which hits local cinemas on May 28. Partisan is a grim coming of age tale set against the backdrop of a sinister cult run by Gregori, a charismatic Fagin-like leader played by French actor Vincent Cassel, and young children who are indoctrinated into a world of violence as trained assassins. The central character is an eleven year old boy named Alexander, Continue reading

IN BLOOM

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross Stars: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokenia, Data Zakareishvili, Zurab Gogaladze. Life in Tbilisi, in Georgia Russia in 1992, was hard, and it seemed like a fairly grim place to live. The country had just achieved its independence as the former Soviet Union splintered, but as the country struggled to find its feet, poverty and unemployment was everywhere, there were breadlines and often power failures. And even families were fractured with bitter conflicts and heated arguments. In Bloom is a grim and rather Continue reading

5 DAYS OF WAR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Renny Harlin Stars: Rupert Friend, Andy Garcia, Richard Coyle, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rade Serbedjiza, Heather Graham, Dean Cain, Val Kilmer. We’ve had other films that have explored the lot of journalists under fire in a war zone while trying to expose the ugly truth about the carnage behind the scenes, films like Oliver Stone’s Salvador, Pretty Village, Pretty Flames, Roger Spottiswoode’s Under Fire and Michael Winterbottom’s Welcome To Sarajevo. And now we can add to the list Renny Harlin’s 5 Days Of War. This film is set Continue reading