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BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Coriolanus’

★★★☆☆ William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus is one of the Great Bard’s most complicated and longest plays, making an adaptation a brave move for the directorial debut of actor Ralph Fiennes. To counter this, Coriolanus (2011) boasts an impressive cast of great acting talent, including Vanessa Redgrave, Gerald Butler, Brian Cox and Jessica Chastain.Fiennes has transported […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘She Monkeys’

★★★★☆ Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s debut feature She Monkeys (2011) is a hormonally-charged coming-of-age drama, depicting the conflict between two teenage girls, and stars Mathilda Paradeiser, Linda Molin and Isabella Lindquist. On the cusp of maturity, 15-year-old Emma (Paradeiser) lives with her younger sister, Sara (Lindquist), and their father, Ivan (Sergej Merkusjev). She’s […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Early One Morning’

★★☆☆☆ Director Jean-Marc Moutout returns to the BFI London Film Festival with Early One Morning (2011) – starring Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Valérie Dréville and Xavier Beauvois – as he continues his exploration of the insular and alienating world of executive business and showcases a similar degree of visual panache and assured direction.Darroussin plays Paul […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Dreileben 3: One Minute of Darkness’

★★★★☆ The third and final entry in the Dreileben trilogy, Christoph Hochhäusler’s Dreileben 3: One Minute of Darkness, finally gives centre stage to Stefan Kurts’ convicted child molester Frank Molesch, starting with his escape from police custody first witnessed in Christian Petzold’s initial entry Beats Being Dead. Visibly distressed following the death of his […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Dreileben 2: Don’t Follow Me Around’

★★★☆☆ The second film in the German Dreileben trilogy, Dominik Graf’s Dreileben 2: Don’t Follow Me Around (2011) is a very different creature to Christian Petzold’s Beats Being Dead (2011), taking a more straightforward, politically-informed approach to narrative storytelling. Whilst Petzold’s effort focused on the lives of Dreileben’s youth, Graf’s contribution to the […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Flying Fish’

★★☆☆☆ Following three parallel stories set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s debut feature Flying Fish (Igillena maluwo) – starring Chaminda Sampath Jayaweera, Rathnayaka Marasinghe and Siththi Mariyam – is unfortunately too languorous to sustain any prolonged sense of drama, despite an undeniably shocking finale.Flying Fish has a […]