HAPPY END

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Haneke Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Franz Rogowski, Fantine Harduin, Toby Jones. Another typically downbeat, disturbing and grim drama from the misanthropic Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon, Funny Games, Amour, etc). Set in the coastal town of Calais, the film follows the affluent but dysfunctional Laurent family, who live in luxury and seem unaware of the refugee crisis on their doorstep. The film works in heavy themes of matricide, suicide, power, corruption, Continue reading

2010 AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS

9TH AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS screens from April 22 – May 2 2010. all reviews by GREG KING SOUL KITCHEN. The opening night film is Soul Kitchen, a new comedy from Fatih Akin. The film tells the story of Zinos (German-Greek actor Adam Bousdoukos), who opens a restaurant in a former warehouse in Hamburg. He upsets the regular clientele by introducing new cuisine, but the restaurant eventually becomes successful. His brother Illias (Moritz Bleibtreu), a prisoner on day release program, wants to become involved in helping run the restaurant. Unlike a lot of Continue reading