Cannes Review: Blood Father

Cannes Review: Blood Father

A superb little quaint thriller with acting that astounds. While the action captures the screen it never itself devolves into spectacle and instead only exists to serve the story. Reminding us that despite the surroundings this story at its heart is a father trying to save his once missing daughter. From the opening, director Jean-François […]

Cannes Review: Personal Shopper

Something lost and something gained. As cinema has rolled on through the decades since the 60s, suspense has been less and less well approached in new forms. Nevertheless here it appears that Olivier Assayas has found a new modern approach to the genre. It’s gripping, intriguing and yet maintains a slow allure that gently ferries […]

Cannes Review: Money Monster

A surface film with an artistically rough open that sustains itself on a blockbuster tried and tested riskless formula. In tune with the television show which it depicts the picture is based on drawing in the audience, with some dialogue including the first and last lines almost breaking the fourth wall. Most of these lines […]

Cannes Review: Cafe Society

Containing all the characteristics of a lovable Woody Allen film, Cafe Society gives us his perspective of his less touched city Los Angeles. While his previous works have included scenes in Los Angeles, this depiction seems less stereotypical of Hollywood. As the picture progresses the location becomes simply a backdrop for the story. Opposed to […]

Cannes: ‘Youth’ Sets Release Date Enters As Awards Contender

After receiving substantial critical acclaim and stepping onto the awards trail at the recent Cannes Film Festival, Fox Searchlight has announced that ‘Youth’ will be released domestically on Friday December 4th, 2015. This announcement from Fox Searchlight, which was the distributor of last years Best Picture winner Birdman, places Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’ directly in competition […]

Cannes Review: The Measure of a Man

Last year in Cannes, it was Marion Cotillard and the Dardennes brothers examining contemporary workplace relations in Two Days, One Night. That razor sharp, but repetitive critique of the ills of modern corporate practices is bested this year by The Measure of a Man which finds its unemployed protagonist facing a moral dilemma when he […]

Cannes Review: Marguerite and Julien

A little incest goes a long way in Marguerite and Julien, the new film from French director Valerie Donzelli. Spanning the young lives of the titular siblings as their love for each other deepens, it is like watching a PR campaign from someone who thinks Game of Thrones has given incest a bad name. What […]

Cannes Review: The Chosen Ones

A film about a 14 year old girl forced into prostitution demands to be handled with sensitivity. With The Chosen Ones, Mexican director David Pablos succeeds by not sensationalising his story, showing restraint in his depictions of the sex and violence in the screenplay. At the same time, viewers may feel that they have been […]

Cannes Review: Inside Out

If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on inside someone’s head, Pixar have created a wonderfully inventive answer in Inside Out. Back at the absolute top of their game, Pixar’s latest is fresh, funny and positively bursting with emotions from joy to sadness. Aptly enough, these two emotions are also the lead characters in Inside Out, […]

Cannes Review: Amy

Asif Kapadia’s latest documentary details Amy Winehouse’s woefully short life, in a way very similar to watching his previous film on the life and death of Formula One driver Aryton Senna. At all times, the experience is tainted by the knowledge of the impending fatality that hangs over the rest of the film like a […]

Cannes Review: The High Sun

The High Sun transports the viewer to coastal Balkan villages where the sea is refreshing, but the relations between the Serbians and Croats are frosty to say the least. Director Dalibor Matanic’s films requires little knowledge of the history of Yugoslavia, offering instead universal themes of love, lust, passion and hatred. The High Sun presents […]

Cannes Review: A Tale Of Love And Darkness

Natalie Portman, makes her feature directorial and screenwriting debut with her screen adaptation of Amos Oz’s best-selling autobiographical novel ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’. In 1945, in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel, the film details the life of young Amos […]

Cannes Review: My Mother

Deftly balancing comedy and drama, My Mother is a film that leaves audiences laughing hysterically in places, but drying their eyes by the conclusion. Primed for a miserable realist drama about a woman watching her elderly mother’s slow decline from pneumonia, My Mother frequently surprises the viewer with its perceptive prodding of the relationship between […]

Cannes Review: The Lobster

The challenges of being single may be a nightmare for some, but spare a thought for poor, short-sighted David (Colin Farrell), a man running out of time to find a mate, or else he will be turned into the titular sea creature. The Lobster takes the viewer to an alienating alternate reality where the social […]

Cannes Review: Son Of Saul

The gas chambers, the incinerators and the sickening machinery of genocide are all vividly dissected in Son of Saul as viewers are plunged into the midst of Hitler’s Final Solution at work. Audiences are dragged along on the gut wrenching journey of one man, a tiny cog in this machine of mass slaughter. For those […]