Our next film, on Tuesday 22 January at 19:45, is Lean on Pete. It is this season’s coming-of-Age story. A 15-year-old boy forms a bond with a clapped-out racehorse, Lean on Pete and saves him from slaughter. The pair travel across the Pacific Northwest, facing obstacles with courage and optimism. Exquisite cinematography and an emotionally charged lead performance from young Charlie Plummer.
Our final film of the season, on 25 April at 19:45, is The Brand New Testament. In this irreverent and dark satire, God is an irascible individual, living in a tower block in Belgium along with his wife and 10-year-old daughter. Appalled by his behaviour, Ea sets out into the world to create her own testament and end the tyranny of her father. Visually inventive and frequently hilarious, this should be [cont'd.]
Our next film, on Tuesday 7 March at 19:45, is Dheepan, a topical and humane film about immigration. Directed by Jacques Audiard, who gave us the excellent Rust And Bone, it tells the story of a Tamil Tiger fighter who escapes from Sri Lanka as the civil war is nearing its end. He takes with him two strangers, a woman and a young girl, hoping that they will be able [cont'd.]
Mixed opinions about Alice In The Cities, with an appreciation score of 73.08 per cent. Some comments: “A beautiful film, thoughtful and subtle. A gem. Thank you.” “Loved it, but don’t know why. Great choice.” “Beautiful to look at: wonderful acting.” “Gentle, warm film, poetic.” “Ageless! Charming!” “The girl was stunning. A bit slow but then it drew me in.” “Good in parts.” “Far too slow.” “Boring. Never got anywhere.” [cont'd.]
Our next film, on 14 February 2017 at 7:45pm, is Girlhood, a startling insight into teenage life in the mainly black estates surrounding Paris. Marieme is bored and oppressed by her family life and schooling. So she drops out, changes her name and appearance, joins an all-girl gang, turns to petty crime and in the process acquires new confidence. A vivid and involving feature, largely cast with unprofessional actors plucked from the streets.