FILM OF THE WEEK
A Bigger Splash (Thursday 28 May, Film 4, 23.20) was the first English-language feature by Luca Guadagnino, later to find greater acclaim with Call Me by Your Name. Released in 2015, it is an intense, visually stunning film about a privileged foursome playing out their psychodramas around the pool of a Mediterranean villa.
Marianne (an almost mute Tilda Swanton) is a rock star seeking respite from her demanding career. Her boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) is a filmmaker. Then two disruptive influences arrive: Harry (Ralph Fiennes), an old flame, and Penelope (Dakota Johnson) his youthful daughter. Harry’s insufferable, near-manic bonhomie contrasts with Swanton’s near-silence, yet she is still drawn to him; Paul, meanwhile, is tempted by Penelope.
Filmed in the shimmering colour and light of one of Hockey’s swimming-pool paintings, A Bigger Splash is suffused with sex and intrigue, with a strong element of comedy along the way.
Other World Cinema films of interest in the coming week include an earlier film by Bong Joon Ho, director of the all-conquering Parasite. The ultra-violent Snowpiercer (2013) is an inventive piece of dystopian science fiction that is not for the squeamish. That’s on Sunday (24/5) on Film 4 at 21.00. Then there’s the 2017 documentary Makala, about a man struggling to support his family in the Democratic Republic of Congo by making and selling charcoal. That’s at 01.30 on Monday (25/5) on Film 4.
Some might fancy the absurdist comedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) on Thursday (28/5) at 01.50 on Film4. Jee-woon Kim’s The Age of Shadows (2016), a period drama about Korean resistance fighters struggling against the Japanese, is on Sunday morning (24/5) on BBC2 at 00.45.
Not strictly World Cinema, there is another chance to see Slumdog Millionaire (2008) while for those who prefer English-language films BBC2 has a week of classics: Citizen Kane (1941), Great Expectations (1946), She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Top Hat (1935) and King Kong (1933). Dates, times and channels for all the films are in the listings below.
|Saturday 23/5||11.00||Film 4||Arthur's Hallowed Ground||Charming cricket comedy|
|15.15||BBC2||Citizen Kane||Welles masterpiece|
|21.00||Sony Movies||Pulp Fiction||Witty and violent Tarantino|
|22.35||BBC4||Educating Rita||Caine-Walters classic|
|23.15||Channel 4||Slumdog Millionaire||Dev Patel wants to be one|
|Sunday 24/5||00.05||Sony Movies||21 Grams||Iñárritu crime drama|
|00.45||BBC2||The Age of Shadows||Korean period war film|
|10.35||BBC2||Great Expectations||David Lean masterpiece|
|14.05||Paramount||Attack!||Robert Aldrich WWII drama|
|15.35||BBC2||She Wore a Yellow Ribbon||John Ford Western classic|
|17.45||ITV1||Jurassic Park||Dinosaurs run amok|
|18.50||Film 4||The Madness of King George||From the Alan Bennett play|
|21.00||Film 4||Snowpiercer||Class war on an unstoppable train|
|23.05 (also Wednesday 23.15)||5 Star||Scream||Wes Craven comedy slasher|
|23.25||Channel 4||East is East||Culture-clash humour|
|Monday 25/5||01.15||Sony Movies||Donnie Brasco||Pacino, Depp, crime|
|01.25||Film 4||Makala||Award-winning doco|
|09.10 (also Friday 03.00)||Sony Movies||Moneyball||Brad Pitt baseball drama|
|14.50||BBC2||Top Hat||Classic Astaire & Rogers|
|15.45 (also Wednesday 20.00)||ITV4||Apollo 13||True-life space thriller|
|18.45||Film 4||Super 8||Nostalgic sci-fi treat|
|19.00||BBC1||Paddington 2||Hugh Grant dances!|
|22.00||Talking Pictures||The Naked Civil Servant||Quentin Crisp biopic|
|Tuesday 26/5||01.10||Sony Movies||Premium Rush||Bike messenger thriller|
|11.00||Film 4||Tiger Bay||Hayley Mills's film debut|
|15.05||BBC2||The Magnificent Ambersons||Another Welles masterpiece|
|21.00||Film 4||Arrival||Intelligent sci-fi|
|23.20||Film 4||Prisoners||Haunting kidnap thriller|
|Wednesday 27/5||11.00||Film 4||Stalag 17||Billy Wilder PoW drama|
|16.05||Film 4||A Night to Remember||Titanic disaster classic|
|21.00||Film 4||American Made||True drug-trafficking drama|
|Thursday 28/5||01.50||Film 4||A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence||Absurdist Swedish comedy|
|13.10||Film 4||Ride Lonesome||Randolph Scott Western|
|16.50||Film 4||The Man from Laramie||James Stewart Western|
|21.00||Film 4||Beast (2017)||Atmospheric Brit noir|
|23.10||Film 4||A Bigger Splash||Ralph Fiennes dances!|
|Friday 29/5||12.40||Film 4||The Way to the Stars||WWII RAF drama|
|14.50||BBC2||King Kong||Go ape|
|23.15||BBC1||Young Adult||US small-town satire|