BFI #LFF 2018: AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE Film Review

Alshaima’a Tayeb in AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE

Blending dark comedy with irony and wit, AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE exposes conflicted Saudi mores in this radical Saudi Arabian black comedy

Following the success of his debut film BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH in 2016, Saudi filmmaker Mahmoud Sabbagh makes a welcome return to the big screen with his second feature, AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE.

The 91-minute comedy tells the story of a 44-year-old housewife Amra who toils hard on an ever-tightening budget to provide for her three daughters and aili...

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BFI #LFF 2018: BEAUTIFUL BOY Film Review

Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet in BEAUTIFUL BOY

BEAUTIFUL BOY into is a powerful and moving account of a father and son’s struggle with addiction and its tragic consequences

Felix Van Groeningen takes a unique perspective on drug addiction in his English-language debut by shifting the focus from the addict to the family in BEAUTIFUL BOY.

David Sheff (Steve Carell) has a life many would envy: a beautiful older teenage son Nic (Timothée Chalamet) to whom he is close; two younger children from his happy second marriage to artist Karen (Maura ...

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BFI #LFF 2018: LAST CHILD Film Review

Kim Yeo-Jin and Seong Yu-bin in LAST CHILD

Shin Dong-Seok makes an impressive and understated debut with LAST CHILD, an emotionally wrenching family drama about loss and heartbreak

South Korean writer-director Shin Dong-Seok tackles a multitude of weighty themes in his impressive and understated feature debut LAST CHILD, an emotionally wrenching family drama about dealing with loss and heartbreak.

Six months after the death of their teenage son Eunchan, Misook (Kim Yeo-jin) and Sungcheol (Choi Moo-Seong) are still attempting to come to...

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Film Review: IL POSTINO

IL POSTINO

IL POSTINO’s balanced pacing and eye-catching cinematography make it a pleasure on the eye, while its charming and captivating script captures the heart

To my shame, I must admit that I wasn’t familiar with Michael Radford’s 1994 film IL POSTINO when the press release landed on my desk. Despite winning an Oscar, as well as several BAFTAs and a multitude of international awards, the foreign language film just seemed to have slipped through my net...

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INTERVIEW: Lizzy Skrzypiec Talks MURDER, SHE DIDN’T WRITE

Lizzy Skrzypiec in MURDER, SHE DIDN'T WRITE. Photo Credit: Jamie Corbin

Lizzy Skrzypiec in MURDER, SHE DIDN’T WRITE. Photo Credit: Jamie Corbin

Director and Performer Lizzy Skrzypiec talks to Frankly My Dear UK about MURDER, SHE DIDN’T WRITE and what audiences can expect from the show

Fresh from another successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Degrees of Error’s hilarious and innovative show MURDER, SHE DIDN’T WRITE heads back to the Leicester Square Theatre for an extended residency until November.

Using audience suggestions, evidence and ideas, MURDER...

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Theatre Review: CLOD ENSEMBLE: PLACEBO – The Lowry, Salford

CLOD ENSEMBLE: PLACEBO. Photo Credit: Camilla Greenwell

CLOD ENSEMBLE: PLACEBO. Photo Credit: Camilla Greenwell

Infectious movement becomes the medicine in this catchy dance experiment – or is it just another placebo?

The placebo effect is defined as being the positive outcome of using a fake drug or treatment, which has no actual beneficial properties other than the patient’s own beliefs that it does.

In a clever and somewhat manipulative way, director Suzy Willson recreates this process by using interdisciplinary dance performances on the stage t...

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BFI #LFF 2018: SHOCK WAVES – DIARY OF MY MIND (ONDES DE CHOC – JOURNAL DE MA TÊTE) Film Review

SHOCK WAVES - DIARY OF MY MIND

Ursula Meier’s searingly complex SHOCK WAVES: DIARY OF MY MIND is a fiercely intelligent piece of work that lingers long in the mind

It is often said that a teacher’s job to inspire their pupils. But what happens when a pupil claims to be “inspired” to commit a crime? Ursula Meier’s searingly complex SHOCK WAVES: DIARY OF MY MIND explores that very scenario in her dramatization of a real-life crime.

Set in 2009, SHOCK WAVES: DIARY OF MY MIND opens with high school student Benjamin Fel...

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BFI #LFF 2018: NAMDEV BHAU IN SEARCH OF SILENCE Film Review

NAMDEV BHAU IN SEARCH OF SILENCE Film

In her second outing behind the camera, Dar Gai delivers a film that is as visually striking as it is affecting with NAMDEV BHAU IN SEARCH OF SILENCE

From the opening scene of NAMDEV BHAU IN SEARCH OF SILENCE, it’s easy to see why Namdev Bhau craves silence. Driven mad by the never-ending jabbering of his family, the endless berating from his employer and the constant noise of Mumbai City, the 65-year-old chauffeur is at the end of his career and the end of his wits.

Desperate to escape, Nam...

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Film Review: LOST & FOUND

LOST & FOUND © Siar A Rachas Muid Productions Ltd.

LOST & FOUND © Siar A Rachas Muid Productions Ltd.

Despite its disjointed narrative, LOST & FOUND is a light-hearted, likeable comedy with a strong ensemble cast

Following his debut feature film THE BOOK THAT WROTE ITSELF (1999) and WC (2007), Irish writer and director Liam O Mochain returns to the big screen with LOST & FOUND, a warm-hearted comedy drama about a lost and found office in an Irish train station.

Inspired by true stories, LOST & FOUND follows seven interconnecting short stories...

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Theatre Review: MACBETH – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of MACBETH UK and Ireland tour. Photo Credit: BrinkhoffMogenburg

The cast of MACBETH UK and Ireland tour. Photo Credit: BrinkhoffMogenburg

Rufus Norris’ post-apocalyptic MACBETH is visually striking but doesn’t quite translate as well as hoped

When Rufus Norris’ MACBETH opened at the National Theatre back in March 2018, it was met with mixed reviews from the critics. Despite playing to sell-out crowds at the Olivier Theatre, the production earned a miserly one-star review from WhatsOnStage and just two stars from The Guardian and The Telegraph...

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