MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Derek Cianfrance Stars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Jack Thompson, Garry McDonald, Bryan Brown, Anthony Hayes, Jane Menelaus, Florence Clery, Thomas Unger, Benedict Hardie, Emily Barclay. A melodramatic and heart wrenching tale of love, sacrifice, responsibility, grief, forgiveness, and the impossible choices that parents sometimes have to make for the sake of their children, The Light Between Oceans is a lush and visually gorgeous adaptation of the best selling 2012 novel written by M L Stedman. Fans of the Continue reading

ME BEFORE YOU

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Thea Sharrock Stars: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Vanessa Kirby, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Jenna Coleman, Stepehen Peacocke, Henri Charles, Samantha Spiro. A couple of years ago we saw the wonderful French comedy/drama The Intouchables which told of the unusual friendship that developed between a quadriplegic and his carer, a refugee from the wrong side of the tracks. It was a friendship that transformed both their lives. And similarly The Sessions told of the friendship that developed between a Continue reading

5 TO 7

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Victor Levin Stars: Anton Yelchin, Berenice Marlohe, Frank Langella, Glenn Close, Lambert Wilson, Olivia Thirlby, Eric Stoltz, Jocelyn DeBoer. This low budget US/French co-production offers a refreshing take on modern relationships and cross cultural relationships and has a small charm that will win over some audiences. This was a long term passion project for writer and director Victor Levin, who first began developing the script in 2007. Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin, from the rebooted Star Trek series, etc) is 24 and an aspiring writer, Continue reading

SUNDAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michelle Lloyd Stars: Dustin Clare, Camille Keenan. This simple, low budget New Zealand and Australian co-production is a two-handed romantic drama that is reminiscent of the Before trilogy from Richard Linklater. It basically follows a couple as they wander through the streets of Christchurch while they try to work out where their relationship stands. Charlie (Dustin Clare, from tv series Spartacus, etc) left his florist girlfriend Eve (Camille Keenan, a regular in tv series like Packed To The Rafters, etc) behind when he enlisted in Continue reading