Category Archives: Drama

It’s a little late but living in Medway I find it hard to see good films that seem to come out every week this summer and yet, do not reach this area whatsoever. So I travel to London to see good films and it often happens, like this week, that every film I see is brilliant. Add Curzon Soho to the viewing experience and you get a night to remember forever.

I saw the Congress, Two Days and One Night and Lilting the same week and it took me a few minutes to pick one to review. I was thinking about it quite hard even though shortly, because I tend to only review bad films on my site and although ranting is fun, I do not promote those who deserve it. So Lilting.

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Lilting might be leaving cinemas soon, so go and see it before it does. To say that the story is brilliant and the acting is just outstanding would be an understatement. It is so much more than this. Lilting is extremely urgent and importnat film, especially today when half of us travel from place to place trying to feel at home furthest from the one we were brought up in. Lilting is a story about communication, fitting in and understanding oneself and other. It is told with butterfly sensitivity, in beautiful shots and through editing like no other. It is a poem that runs like waves, small and large, angering and calming the sea.

I hate this part of a review when you are suppose to reveal the plot, so as most of the times I will be very broad and vague as chicken soup. A pair of lovers, one of them dies. His mother, a Chinese woman who never adjusted to English culture she’s been surrounded by since she moved to England years before, is left alone in a care-home, a non-home to her. The son’s lover, Richard (amazing Ben Whishaw) decides to visit her, one, two and then every day and with a help of a young Chinese speaking girl, he learns how to communicate with the mother of Kai.

Andrew Leung and Been Whishaw in Lilting

I wish this description could give Lilting the justice it deserves but the story is just a pretext for the film to uncover the subtelties of communication, the complex details that make it difficult, often impossible. Not only is it language that allows us to communicate but we need to move within the cultural frames, often to foreign to understant. Lilting offers us an important look into the feeling of being lost- lost in a different culture, lost in your age, lost after the death of a loved one. The director, Hong Khaou is a poet behind the camera, leading our eyes into hearthtouching and melanholic images always balanced with a gentle smile which kills cheesy sentimentality that so often destroys films like this one.

I cannot recommend Lilting enough. It is a beautiful, tear-sweetening story, one that stays in one’s heart for a very long time after the screen goes black.

Because it has a bloody great poster

 

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NIGHT MOVES is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam—the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouringindustrial culture they despise. Harmon (Sarsgaard) is a former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas. His life in the military is behind him, but at heart he remains the same reckless alpha male he always was, eager for adventure, excited by the prospect of mayhem and destruction. Dena (Fanning) is a high society dropout, sickened by the consumer economy into which she was born. She’s moved west and cut ties with her family, edging ever deeper into radical politics. And Josh (Eisenberg), their leader, is a self-made militant, devoted to the protection of the Earth by any means necessary. A son of the middle class who works on an organic farm, he’s an intensely private person by nature and may have the deepest convictions of them all.

NIGHT MOVES is a tale of suspense and a meditation on the consequences of political extremism. When do legitimate convictions truly demand illegal behaviours? What happens to a person’s political principles when they find their back against the wall?

UK theatrical release by Soda Pictures on 29 August 2014 Running time: 112 mins / Certificate: TBC

 

Before I Go To Sleep

I haven’t read the book, but my friend @Alibelle has and she looked skeptically at the screen when we saw the trailer for the first time. Well, hell. Maybe it won’t be bad. Either way, the poster looks great. It has serious faces of the actors we trust our film tastes with, so it’s all in good hands. For now

Before I Go To Sleep

Studiocanal are pleased to present the brand new UK poster for Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Anne-Marie Duff. Directed by Rowan Joffe, Before I Go To Sleep is released to UK cinemas 5th September.

Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong – Before I Go To Sleep is a psychological thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel about a woman who wakes up every day remembering nothing – the result of a traumatic accident in her past – until one day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her…

 

by Amelie