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Day: 10 October 2013

LFF 2013: ‘Jeune & Jolie’ review

★★★☆☆ Following on from the Kristen Scott-Thomas-starring In the House (2012), which hit screens back in March, prolific French director François Ozon returns to UK cinemas for the second time this year with Jeune & Jolie […]

LFF 2013: ‘Durban Poison’ review

★★☆☆☆ In the late 1980s, maverick filmmaker Andrew Worsdale gained immediate cult status when his debut feature, the ultra-provocative Shot Down (1988), was banned by the apartheid government in South Africa. Having maintained radio silence for […]

LFF 2013: ‘Child’s Pose’ review

★★★★☆ Winner of the coveted Golden Bear prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival and now picked up for UK distribution, Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose (2013) is a raw and unflinching drama, smothered […]

LFF 2013: ‘The Fear’ review

★★☆☆☆ Whilst Jordi Cadena’s The Fear (2013) boasts a sensational performance from young talent Igor Szpakowski and a palpable sense of dread, this oppressive meditation on Spain’s ‘pact of forgetting’ and Basque separatism ultimately proves an […]

LFF 2013: ‘Gravity’ review

★★★★☆ Sound and vision combine to momentous effect in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), a grand technical touchstone that the next generation of CGI-reliant blockbusters could and should be measured against. Fortunately, Cuarón’s latest also proves to […]

LFF 2013: ‘Story of My Death’ review

★★★☆☆ Winner of the Golden Leopard at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, Albert Serra’s mischievous period drama Story of my Death (2013) depicts the tempestuous epoch where Enlightenment gave way to the passions and frivolity of […]

LFF 2013: ‘Harmony Lessons’ review

★★★★☆ A beautiful yet also vehemently hostile Darwinian drama set within the confines of a rural Kazakh school, Emire Baigazin’s Harmony Lessons (2013) is an austere and haunting tale of childhood hierarchy and the psychological suffocation […]

LFF 2013: ‘As I Lay Dying’ review

★★☆☆☆ The fact that James Franco is the subject of frequent mockery is sadly indicative of the cynicism of our times. A modern day renaissance man, Franco’s numerous endeavours may appear scattered and disorderly but, in […]