Russian Film Festival 2012: ‘Living’ review

★★★★☆ Screening at this year’s 6th Russian Film Festival in London, Living (Zhit, 2012) is Vasily Sigarev’s challenging and provocative follow-up to his acclaimed 2009 debut Wolfy. An existential and deeply philosophical insight into the psychological damage and various manifestations death can have on the mind, Living is a mesmerising Continue Reading


DVD Review: ‘Santa Sangre’

★★★★☆ An unmitigated, bloody spectacle from start to finish, Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s cult classic Santa Sangre (Holy Blood, 1989) recaptured the imagination of many upon its limited UK theatrical earlier this year, courtesy of avant-garde connoisseurs Mr Bongo Films. Reissued this week on both DVD and Blu-ray, Jodorowsky’s heady Continue Reading

Blu-ray Review: ‘Casque d’Or’

★★★☆☆ Jacques Becker’s 1952 French melodrama Casque d’Or celebrates its 60th anniversary this week with a deserved Blu-ray rerelease, courtesy of UK distributor StudioCanal. Often overlooked in discussions of genuinely groundbreaking French cinema – and perhaps understandably so – Becker’s well-shot and well-acted Belle Époque romance is nevertheless an enticing Continue Reading