Our next film: The Handmaiden

14 March 2018 John Morrish 0

Our next film, on Tuesday 20 March, is Chan-Wook Park’s 2016 epic The Handmaiden. Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea, though adapted from a novel about Victorian Britain, this historical thriller is beautiful, ingenious and gripping. It was last year’s highest-grossing subtitled film in Britain and this year won the BAFTA for best foreign film. It is also suffused with eroticism [cont'd.]

Reactions to Clash

14 March 2018 John Morrish 0

Polarised opinions about Mohamed Diab’s intense and claustrophobic Clash last night, but still a strong score of 73.89 per cent. It was not an easy film to watch, and some people hated the constantly moving camera, but most appreciated the skill of the film-making and the relevance of the subject-matter. Some comments: “Genuinely unique film-making. Brutal, gut-wrenching, with beautiful moments of [cont'd.]

Our next film: Clash

7 March 2018 John Morrish 0

Our next presentation is Clash, an Egyptian/French film from 2016, directed by Mohamed Diab. During the Cairo riots of 2013, supporters and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi are thrown together in a police van. Tension rises as this disparate group of Egyptians accommodate themselves to their plight. Claustrophobic and intense. We will be showing a short film before the main [cont'd.]

Reactions to The Salesman

7 March 2018 John Morrish 0

A strong score of 83.42 per cent for Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman. Some comments: “Another excellent film. Well chosen!” “Riveting, uncompromising and very cruel. A compelling watch!” “Acting superb. Direction superb. Cinematography superb. Well worth the Oscar.” “Brilliant. As was his last film. Great director!” “Extraordinary storyteller. Great actors.” “Refreshing change, not being able to guess who did it until the [cont'd.]

Reactions to Day For Night

21 February 2018 John Morrish 0

Lots of enthusiasm for Day For Night, the final film in our François Truffaut mini-season, and an appreciation score of 77.07 per cent. Some comments: “Best film of the year.” “Genuine insight, humour, subtle, engaging characters.” “Insightful and entertaining.” “Brilliant. Learned a lot and loved the humour/music.” “Enjoyable, lovely. Truffaut in his element.” “Most enjoyable. What prima donnas!” “Most enlightening and [cont'd.]