THEY HAVE ESCAPED NEW HE OVAT PAENNEET SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015 RATE: 4.10 website review by Julie Dargan Joni is a 19 year old who finds himself in a correctional facility for quite difficult teens as part of his civilian service. He quickly seems to go on the run with Raisa, one of the difficult teens. They go on the run Raisa and Joni are portrayed as two teenagers who do not how to behave in an adult world, yet, as with all teenagers, think they know it all.
This movie was rather frustrating for me. Perhaps I am too old school or simply wanted to be entertained, but I found this movie too slow and drawn out.
My score 4/10
THE GRUMP NEW MIELENSÄPAHOITTAJA SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015 RATE: 9/10 website review by Julie Dargan
The Grump is one film you must see at the Scandinavian film festival. To me this was not a story about a Grumpy old man but a man very much set in his ways. A father who did not seem to keep up with the times but managed to survive a life on the farm all of his adult life without need for modern advancements. Keeping up with technology can be difficult for most of us but to be thrust into the modern world due to falling down a staircase and having to live with your daughter in law and son can be a difficult task.
This movie had me in stitches with laughter at times and at other times I was deeply touched by how insensitive the younger generation can be towards the ageing population.
Everyone has something to offer in life, we all need to remember this and this film certainly shows us it is wise to look at life from a different angle sometimes and enjoy each precious moment.
This movie will turn your world upside down because it will... She can not let you touch her soul and leave you emotionless because SHE IS EMOTION, she is everything, there is a whole Universe in this woman. There are Universes in every woman like her - she gives you everything in life and on stage to the extend when there is nothing else left for her and she still finds power inside of her to continue living... She is gorgeous, she is powerful, she is talented... SHE IS Barbra Streisand but a rougher version of her... She is so talented there is not enough words for me to tell you all about her lyrics and how deep and bottomless it is, about her music and its waves, and finally about her distinct voice... I found a CD that I bought long time ago for my son and I never listened to it myself as I though that AMY was just a "fashionable" singer of her time... No, this is not the case - AMY is something that we all will call CLASSICAL. She is classical jazz singer and much more. When you watch the movie she will take you in her world and you will never be able to leave her world... She will keep you a prisoner of her talent and her voice forever... It is so interesting to note how such souls always manage to catch parasites that suck on them: be it their money, their energy or something else: how they find the pray.... When you watch the movie please pay attention to what Any calls a success in her life: for her SUCCESS IS FREEDOM... Not money (as we all tend to believe that money and publicity is a definition of success - not at all. As you will see her life was not a success as she was like a bird in the cage - she had everyone doing and planning her life for her. When you are not in control what you do next and tomorrow success is nothing as there is no freedom - you do not belong to yourself - you belong to the people who do things for you and manage your life for you... When you watch this movie (and you WILL watch it) please also pay attention how Amy describes music. MUSIC is a PERSON for her. She treats music like a lover - she can not live her life without the music... This movie is like a perfectly designed diamond - there are so many sides of it - we kept discussing it on our way home. The subjects are endless: how week men use powerful women and manipulate them; why drugs become the only option and the only escape; why powerful people become weak and addicted; the list goes on and on... The movie is a great reflection of our own lives; it is like a mirror you can see yourself in... Sometimes I think: why it happens with the best of us? Adored neglecting the sad ending...
A FAMILY AFFAIR NEW Mia oikogeneiaki ypothesi RATE: 6/10
This movie is so full of beautiful inspiring music you want to start dancing and singing yourself... NO matter how old you are: 70, 40 or 16 - the music lives in you like air, like your soul. For the Crete family of Xylouris music became more than just a joyful sound. One can see when they play the music becomes a part of the person who plays it. The music pattern never repeats itself, it is all pure improvisation, you can not play the same tune twice; you can play similar but not exactly the same. It is also such a pleasure to observe hos people live their land traditions and hos they respect what was given to them once by Gods. These people all look like Gods themselves - they have curly hair and deep eyes, they have beards and the music that flies from their fingers is divine like heaven. Why they can not see that they are Gods or may be they know... They make the other people so happy, dancing following their tunes, the musicians must be Gods for sure... When this thought crossed my mind while I was watching the movie suddenly the name Zeus appeared in one of the songs... like a magical sign of truth. It is great to observe how traditions are passed through generations from the older people to the green young off springs.
The movie is not only for those who love Greek music but for all happy people to watch!
You will find more information about the creator of this movie and all the actors who play themselves via this LINK
The Secret River is a two part mini series based on the novel by Kate Grenville.
Set in the early 19th Century during the British colonisation of NSW. Will Thornhill (played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen) along with his wife Sal Thornhill (Sarah Snook) claims a piece of land, which Will titles “Thornhill’s Point”, on the majestic and remote Hawkesbury River, aka The Secret River.
This is not another series of wronged men from the UK and Ireland being shipped to Australia for stealing some wood, as Will was guilty of. This series shows both sides of the heartache, turmoil and desperation during the early occupation.
Will brings with him an oppressed and impoverished past; a past that is reflected in many other pardon convicts that have also claimed land in NSW. What they have not countered on is the fact that the "savages” , that the aborigines are referred to in this series, are tired of the empty promises and are fighting back for their land that is slowly being taken away from them.
Be ready for some gruelling scenes! This series certainly opened my eyes up to the fear and desperation experienced by both settlers and Indigenous alike. Will be sure to get a discussion in any living room.
Spectacular scenery and brilliant sound track this is a mini series to be watched, and a book to be read.
My score 9/10
THE ABSENT ONE NEW Fasandræberne SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014 RATE: 8/10 website review by Julie Dargan
The Absent One is a part of a trilogy but do not let that deter you. The Absent One is the second instalment and I was enthralled without needing to view the first of the series. The Absent Ones is a story of rich, preppy adolescents in Denmark. They believe they are above the law, but the law usually has a way of catching up with them.
A father has to commit suicide to get the police to listen to him in his quest to see justice for the brutal rape and murder of his twin son and daughter. A cold case of 20 years prior with the wrong man jailed. Once the case was re-opended, a major pandoras box is unleashed with nauseating crimes never resolved being brought to light.
I loved the clever plot to this movie, you never knew which way it was going until the final end. Was it my imagination or was the present set in sepia with the past set in vivid colour?
As I was watching this movie I felt like I was reading a good thick, juicy novel that I did not want to put down. Long movies like this take a lot to keep my interest but this move had me entranced from beginning to end.
My score 8/10
SILENT HEART NEW SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website review by Irina Ivanova
Silent Heart (Danish: Stille hjerte, Quiet heart) is a 2014 family drama directed by the Academy-Award winning Bille August exploring the topic of euthanasia with all its excruciating agony of human emotions.
A family gathers for a Christmas dinner, however it is not a usual gathering – something heavy is hanging in the air, something very disturbing in the mood of the guests. The word "death" is no stranger for these people. It will soon become the only thing they can think and talk about.
The story takes place in a remote country house submerged in the pale and greyish hues of the cold Scandinavian autumn. The Christmas have come a few months earlier to this family, because Esther, the matriarch of the family, who is incurably ill, will not make it to the actual celebration and wants to have this final get-together with her beloved ones. The two sisters Heidi and Sanne have come to say the last goodbyes to their mother. The bared emotions of these irregular circumstances unfold the long-standing contradiction of the young females.
What seemed to be an agreed-on decision becomes a real torture for everybody involved. Some family members are suspected to be biased toward the death of the poor woman. This is when the characters are tested and some dark secrets are revealed. As the movie proves, it is painfully hard to find serenity in the knowing that this is what needs to be done when your loved one's life is at stake. It is never easy to let go…
UNDERDOG NEW SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015 RATE: 9/10 website media opening and review screening. Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Rachel Cassar and Asha Holmes for the opportunity to this editorial and festival advertising
In one word - the movie is like a book with many interesting pages, with many plots within one plot; the movie is more a book than a movie... Some thoughts: 1 on the plots within the plot. some of the "smaller plots" are mentioned by the way, some are pictured very vividly like a good quality painting that you can read and observe for a longer time... - the main character had a drinking problem - the main character has a father with drinking problem - the relationship between the husband and wife and "old sins" of the wife - the main character amazing drawing talents - the older sister character is pictured so naturally and so beautifully - fully developed character with her reactions on the events inside the family - the episodes with swimming of two girls and cycling at the end of the story are very powerful and so raw and so organic! - the episode at the hotel check-out is seemingly insignificant but shows the end of the love story also so realistic! 2. we were surprised to find out some political details with some history referencing about the Norway and Sweden relationship, nationalism and unbalance built on this 3. work relationship are shown in a very straightforward way: slavery of one nation by the other... 4. camera and director's work - sensational! 5. very gifted actors! 6. and finally overall - I highly recommend this movie to be watched by all cinema-loving people.
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LOVE AND MERCY NEW RATE: 6/10 website media preview - kind courtesy of Icon Films Distribution
Love and Mercy is a movie about life of Brian Wilson, a lead singer of The Beach Boys. Should I say the movie is very complex as complicated and eclectic as the soul of Brian himself. It is about Brian's life and his struggle with his own demons. In my personal opinion the films emphases way too much on the dark sides to the extend when the depression is almost unbearable and can be felt in the air so vividly filmed that it is almost harmful. I could not personally take any more of it and can only imagine what the main hero went through mentally and physically. I was very glad some very dark scenes were interrupted by memory flashing of a better times: with his new love... and should I say the camera work was outstanding as well as all the actors. Sometimes it takes only one right person in your life to set up a balance, to set things right and make your road smooth, happy and beautiful again... sounds almost like a miracle and I also believe it is a god's blessing to find your other half that could do it for you... Was gladly listening to all familiar good and old songs and music thinking the author should be a real genius to get it so right for all of us to enjoy! Y the way and you can read it also all across internet: "Love and Mercy" is the title of a song written by Brian Wilson. It is the opening track of his solo album "Brian Wilson', released July 1988. The time feeling was also captured brilliantly in this movie.Well, I do not want to be banal in my expressions but at the end I thought: everything is good when it ends up in a good way no matter how rocky the road was...
OUT OF NATURE NEW SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015 RATE: 5/10 website review by Julie Dargan
Out of Nature,
Out of Nature is considered in the category of comedy/drama. It is a basically a one man show where we follow Martin on a weekend journey in the breathtaking Norwegian landscape.
This film took me by surprise for its slow, rather boring, insight into one man. As the story progressed, we were taken deeper into Martin’s head while he is out of a weekend mountain trip. Full uncensored, egotistical, self-centered thoughts are shared by Martin but could easily be my thoughts (or your thoughts, although not every single one), at one time or another.
A rather slow movie for me, perhaps too much for one to bear, of Martin’s outpouring a life of discomfort into a 70 minute timeframe.
ZERO MOTIVATION NEW LIDO CINEMA OPENING CELEBRATION RATE: 8/10 website review by Rachel Sandey Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Georgina Wills, the cinemas Marketing Coordinator for this invite
Zero Motivation is a dark comedy written and directed by Talya Levie, an interesting new artist in Izraeli Cinematography. Film won the jury prize at the 2014 Festival. It's about low ranking female soldiers serving at some middle-of-nowhere military base, doing basic secretarial chores in an administrative office. The work is dull and in their opinion is unimportant. So, they are bored and mostly occupy and entertain themselves playing computer games. This might be the only film ever made to focus on Israeli military outside gunfire and politics. There is a sad , grim moment in the movie, like one of the girls commits suicide after finding her lover with another woman, but there are many funny moments, like one of the girls rebels against her superior officer and shredded all file's papers, stuffing all of it in the commander's office. Without going into further description of events in the movie I'd like to say, that it given us a chance to meet a new original artist, who happens to be really funny, intelligent and creative in her approach to filmmaking. My rating is 8/10
PAPER PLANES ON DVD NEW RATE: 10/10 website review by Julie Dargan, the Juice Masters, Australia
Paper Planes is an absolutely delightful film that the whole family can enjoy. Unique, witty, feel good, heart warming, smashing! It is a magical story about a boy who discovers a talent for paper plane making and flying. But there is so much more to this movie than another competition.
There are many diverse undertones working in harmony in this film. Dylan is a 12 year old who displays much determination and maturity far beyond his years. The masterfulness of Paper Planes is showing a society in the 21st century that knows how to have fun without technology. It also explores what can happen when obstacles are overcome.
In one scene, Dylan (played by Ed Oxenbould) tries to wake his depressed father (played by Sam Worthington) to take him for his first challenge. Unable to wake him, Dylan does not give up. He simply gets on his bike, catches the bus, and makes it to the challenge without complaint.
Dylan’s grandfather (played by the charismatic Terry Norris) shows a refreshing side to old-age, and life really is what you make of it.
The DVD set comes with some great tutorials of how to make your own paper plane, the perfect throw and interviews with the real life Paper Pilots. As a family we had great fun after the movie making planes and see who could throw the longest plane.
Most of all, as depicted in the movie, it is not really all about winning, but enjoying the journey and interaction of paper planes as a family is what counts. That is where we created our own magic.
My score 10/10.
POLDARK NEW RATE: 10/10 website review by Julie Dargan Poldark is a wonderful mini-series the whole family will enjoy. Set in the rugged and stunning backdrop of the Cornish Coastline in the UK in the time frame of 1783.
The storyline is not what you would expect. When Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns home after the American Revolutionary War he finds his childhood sweat engaged to his cousin immediately images of a broken man came to light. But this is not your usual Hollywood hype. This is real life in the 1780’s right down to the disgusting rotten teeth and obscene gluttony which makes this program so likeable. It depicts the times as it really is with no sugar coating.
What can we say? This is exactly the case when you go to see the movie and you do not have any expectations at all... Then it suddenly surprises you with everything, everything and everything: sensational music, amazing main cast )especially the young main character - charming Gioia of course (sorry I could not ind the full cast for this movie anywhere), camera, humor, very common problems in families: parents are expecting their child to do certain things but she has something else on her mind: more ambitious plans and a more colorful future. Why would she want to get married to someone her father likes very much? Why would she want to be imprisoned for the rest of her life when she wants to film the movie and to be in cinematography together with Woody Allen...serious...
The common issues on nationalism are played around so smartly and so lightly all you have to do is to laugh at those who separate people on "something" and "not something" ... all we have to do was to "haha" bit not only that... we enjoyed the movie very much - it was charming (but not too sweet), innocent (but not naive), honest (but not dry) and incredibly well done - sometimes you see immature can be a real gem!
With some movies I simply do not understand the point... They are about something and they are about nothing. They do not solve anything, they are just out there somewhere. They do not have any moral, nor they have a bottom line - they end up in nothing, like Australian desert - endless, red, boiling hot and dry... We both had very high expectations considering Nicole was there and she is usually a divine talent, but I seriously felt sorry for her taking this role...I was catching myself thinking: how incredible she is - she is giving all of herself in this movie that is many heads lower than her talent...
Again, stepping aside, we want to love the movie very much, but can not find what for.... just no point... Alex rudely called it at some point of our discussion: "empty psychological snots..." which I had trouble to agree with... But at some stage I started thinking: people will definitely go to see Nicole in this movie and plays amazingly in most episodes of this picture. Matthew, her husband who is a pharmacist is a character played by the actor who is unlikely to be a believable pharmacist: he looks more like a typical criminal rather than a guy with descent and noble medical profession. IMHO, a bad casting call in this part too... Not the movie that we would be highly attracted too to be honest no matter if I wanted to write this honest opinion or not...
Again, I always highly recommend our readers to read our view, to digest it but to go to the movies and see it for yourself to get your own opinion to compare with ours. We are not all the same so will allow some of subjective view on art work (especially when we talk about ART work). Nicole Kidman and camera from the helicopter and landscapes - my personal score is 10/10 for this movie...
SONG ONE website RATE: 8/10 review by Julie Dargan
Staring Anne Hathaway, but do not let that distract you. This is a movie that is the sum of its parts. Every actor plays their part in this wonderful movie. In saying that Anne Hathaway delivers a raw performance in this movie that is certainly one worth watching.
Anne plays the part of Franny, who rushes back to the states after her brother, Henry, is injured and hospitalised in a coma following a car accident. Her brother is a musician, while she is an archaeologist studying for her PHD. Two very different lives that now become one as Frannie copes with her own turmoils of shunning Henry’s life.
Frannie finds herself wanting to know more about the life of Henry that she was not aware of which is the basis of the movie.
This is a slow moving movie, but make sure you go along for the ride with a glass of bubbly or red wine at hand.
This is a beautiful, slow journey where gaining a university degree or making it big goes out the window. Family, friends and enjoyment of life should come first. France discovers another world she would never have been exposed to and come out the richer for it.
Music is a wonderful accompaniment to this movie. Makes you want to laugh, to cry, to want to stop the clock and take stock of life.
My score 8/10
WE ARE YOUNG, WE ARE STRONG AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS RATE: 8/10 website review by Julie Dargan We are Young, We are Strong.What a strange name for a movie, certainly young, but I would not say strong. I would call these young germans weak and preying on those less fortunate than themselves who are desperate to get their lives in order. Set in Rostock (Formerly East Berlin, set 3 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall) August 1992.
This movie is all set in black and white photography which only adds to the bleakness the situation. It is hard to imagine a country like Germany so soon after the horrors of the Holocaust, watching history repeat itself. Based on a true story following the events at Rostock, Asylum seekers are seen to be blamed for the lack of work amongst idle young Germans. If they are anything to go by in this movie, the young Germans were simply self-orientated, self-focused and blamed any scapegoat they could for their own lack of success.
Foreigners ARE THE SCAPEGOATS OF THE East is a catch phrase in this movie. Just as the Jews, Polish and gypsies were scapegoats in WW2, in the Rostock made the asylum seekers the scapegoats.
I found myself wanting to deck the perpetrators myself while watching this movie.
A compelling movie and could not say that I “enjoyed it” but the movie is very powerful in relaying the situation. Sound track is perfect and the characters play their part with great conviction.
My score 8/10
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK website review by Tamsin Korr
Orange is the New Black: Season 2 Review by Tamsin Khor ** warning: contains spoilers **
There were plenty of cliff-hangers to accompany the Christmas festivities at Litchfield correctional facility at the end of season 1. Red’s been kicked out of her own kitchen, Bennet and Daya are finding it tricky to keep their prison pregnancy a secret and Piper has lost both Alex and Larry, and the last we saw of her, she may or may not have beaten Pennsatucky to death.
With a cracker first season under its belt, season 2 of Orange is the New Black did not disappoint. Known for its witty punch lines, strong female characters, and colourful cast, season 2 further explores some of the relationship dynamics, while maintaining its fresh take on sexuality and pushing boundaries. The season opens with Piper being transferred to an unknown location – presumably for killing Pennsatucky. However it is soon revealed that both her and Alex are there to testify against one of Alex’s drug bosses. After a long discussion, Piper ends up perjuring herself on the stand while Alex is able to cut a deal and get out of prison.
Much of this season focuses on Piper’s development without Alex. We see the effect that being in prison has had on Piper through interactions with new inmate Soso, who is as Piper was when she first came to Litchfield; scared and overwhelmed. Rather than taking Soso under her wing, Piper tells her that she’s a “A lone wolf who rips out the throat of sheep.” Meanwhile Polly and Larry continue to grow closer in Piper’s absence.
A new antagonist also appears in the form of Vee – who, as we find out was Taystee’s mother figure, and also happened to be head of a drug ring. Vee’s main rivalry however is with Red, as the two compete to be top dog at Litchfield. Vee’s influence infiltrates all the groups at Litchfield but doesn’t affect anyone more than Suzanne aka Crazy Eyes. And this season Uzo Aduba really stole the show with her Emmy Award winning performance, she brought hilarity and humanity to her previously comic relief character.
It’s not all drama though, there are still plenty of laugh out loud moments including mock job fairs, plumbing problems and secret tunnels. The cast and crew have really managed to bring life to all the characters in the show which is one of the things that sets Orange is the New Black apart. In sum, if you loved season 1, you’ll definitely want to check yourself if for another term at Litchfield!
It is hard to find the worlds to describe the personal voyage one travels when watching Enchanted Kingdom. I love nature documentaries, but this one is in a league of its own. The magic and mystic of the wilderness captured on film in this documentary is second to none. You really feel like you are watching some make-believe science fiction type movie, travelling through the depth of imaginary landscapes and terrain. I couldn't begin to understand the thought processes that went on behind the ideas of the cinematographer in this movie. They have perfectly captured the souls of unique animals that you come eye to eye with. My eyes were opened to animals I had never heard of before. This movie is not just for environmental advocates, but it sure could convert you to one easily. Well done.
WOLF'S HALL (TV SERIES) RATE: 8/10 website review by Julie Dargan
This is a 6 part mini series following the time of Henry VIII’s need to dissolve his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and be allowed to marry Anne Boleyn in the hope that he manage to produce a male heir. It is a story we are all (well mostly all) aware of.
The series more follows Thomas Cromwell’s involvement at this point in time.
Set in England in 1520’s the movie set is stunning. The attention to detail has me feeling that I am living right back in 1520. Minute details such as the candle lightening, the costume set, sitting at a meal table without cutlery, wiping a glass before drinking from it gives the viewer a major insight into the idiosyncrasies of this era.
Knowing the Henry VIII story from a story book is very different to watching what potentially may have happened behind the scenes.
This is a an enjoyable series I would highly recommend anyone to watch.
My score 8/10
STATIONS OF THE CROSS Kreuzweg AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS 2015 RATE: 6/10 website review by Julie Dargan
Stations of the Cross follows the story of young Maria whose family are followers of a strict Catholic branch. Being a Catholic myself I found the movie very intense and wonder what others would think of the movie if they are not Catholics or Christians or are atheists. My advices if you are an atheist, do not brand all religious followers as such strict and rigid as the religious ethos depicted in this movie.
Maria is a naive 14 year old and very impressionable. Other young teenagers may be influenced to drink alcohol, or dabble in drugs whereas Maria delves deeper into her religion taking it all the way in order to save her brother.
The stations of the cross are what Christians re-enact at Easter and this movie shows a parallel in Maria’s life and her sacrifice. Intense settings, intense storyline. This movie is not one with a glass of wine but one with an open mind to try and understand, perhaps, the characters deep convictions and faith. They live by their faith and die by their faith.
My score 6/10
GEMMA BOVERY RATE: 9/10 website review by Sylvester Kroyherr and Rachel Sandey
Backlot Studios, Southbank (11.5.2015) A very engaging and enjoyable movie! Director Anne Fontaine cleverly adapted Posy Simmond's romantic novel of the same name. British couple, beautiful Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her husband Charles (Jason Fleming) move from London to the French Country Side, a village in Normandy - the same village where Flaubert wrote his literary classic masterpiece, "Madame Bovary" a hundred years ago. The local baker Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) happens to be a literary expert, who cannot help himself, but to draw the parallel between Gemma and the heroine of Flaubert's novel, whose life ended tragically. His attempts to help her in sorting out her affairs were not very successful. She dies of a freak accident, choking on a piece of fresh bread, which Martin brought to her earlier. Despite the sad ending, the movie doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste but gives us the true flavour of French provincial country life, with its picturesque tranquillity, interesting characters, sensuality and witty humour. It’s a must see movie!
Our score is 9/10 Rachel Sandey & Sylvester Kroyherr
SONG FROM THE FOREST AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS 2015 website review by Irina Kazhavets This movie “Song from the Forest” is not that kind of movie we use to watch on TV, it’s kind of biography – documentary movie about an African Man Louise, who used to live somewhere in the central Africa between Cameroon and Uganda but moved later to America.
The whole film is actually about his unexplained spiritual love to his isolated lifestyle he had when he was a little boy and later a young man and even throughout his all life. After he moved to America, sometimes he used to come back to the forest and live for a few months in the” tribe” with his relatives, friends and other people, enjoying his own music, and actually enjoying to be away from the civilization. There is no electricity or clean water, no hospitals and of course no internet or other parts modern life we use to have in our daily life at all. All people in that tribe: Old, young, woman, men, and teenagers enjoy spending their quality time together and actually they are so happy, and they don’t need anything, they are happy with what they‘ve got. It’s their world and that its their way of enjoying this life an be happy! That’s their happiness! They don’t understand what money is for…
During the whole movie there is a little boy, his nephew Samadi, who Louise brings to America and of course you can see how that little boy is amazed with everything he can see around, But what amazed me the most is when they were planning to get their bags and go back home little boy was very specific about the present he can bring to his tribe: he can’t bring toys, they need real things: clothes, weapon, medicine etc. (which I doubt you will ever hear from any 5 – 6 years old boy in our western world)
In general, I must say, this film is not that type of movie you will enjoy watching on Friday evening with you mates or girlfriend unless you enjoy this type of movies in general.
I would recommend for solo watching and trying to get the sense which editors and film makers tried to bring to us about the contrast of different lifestyle and what does the actual happiness means for all of us!
SAUDADE SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 6/10 review by Julie Dargan Loneliness, nostalgia, yearning, that is what Saudade means in Portuguese. This movie follows young Miguel coming of age at the age of 17. His father leaves him to seek his once estranged mother (who left him when he was 2 years old). Miguel sees his world falling apart and thus creates a new one for himself. All this is happening at the same time as the true-life major economic downturn in Ecuador.
Filmed in a very pastel setting, this is s slow moving movie with a tenderness and yearning in discovering what the future is all about once the innocence of youth is no longer a possibility.
My score 6/10
THE CIRCLE Der Kreis AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS website review by Irina Ivanova
The Circle - is an interesting insight into the life of gays building their living in Germany and visiting more culturally progressive Switzerland in the 1950’s-1960’s. Zurich was considered the most open-minded city at that period. It was a time of flourishing liberation from the oppressive and judgmental social boundaries. Adult homosexuality was not a criminal offence in Switzerland that made the country so attractive for young people to come and have fun at the famous gay clubs like Barfuesser in Niederdorf. There was no need for gays and lesbians to hide or defend themselves, so they could feel free expressing their inner tendencies and life choices. There even was a Friday flight set up by Lufthansa bringing party-goers from Frankfurt to Zurich every week. This “special trip” was called the “Queen Hansa Express” – how good is that?!
The movie is partially documentary including interviews of the characters of the story, which is very romantic with all the sweetness and greatness inherent to a young love. The characters belong to a special club, “The Circle”, which holds regular meetings and publishes its own magazine with rather frivolous – hence very catchy – contents. They meet, make new friends, find new channels to build their career through the support of same-minded individuals.
It has never been easy for gay people to prove their moral right to be happy and get understanding from those considered to be “normal” by society. However, luckily, the mindset of many nationalities in the world evolved from the wary and neglectful towards accepting and more morally mature, that allowed the minorities to find their peace of mind without struggle and trial.
DUST ON THE TONGUE SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 6/10 review by Julie Dargan
Thank you for the opportunity to review the movie Dust on the Tongue. A movie very different to the other movies I have reviewed from the Spanish Film Festival.
The storyline of this movie is a story about an abusive family patriarch who asks two of his grandchildren to help him die in return for access to his land. Most people were scared of this grandfather and his brutal ways and it was amazing to see his grandchildren still interacting enough even to talk to this megalomaniac.
This is a very bizarre movie, slow moving. This is the type of movie, much like a book, you want to watch when you want to immerse yourself and use your mind to absorb what is on the screen; watching the strange twists and turns. My score 6/10
KUMIKO RATE: Alex: 7/10 Natasha: 10/10
There are some thoughts:
Alex: I did not understand the movie Natasha: you just try to find associations with something that you watched before on screen but masterpieces are like this: they stand alone, there are no attachments, labels or associations from what you previously saw in cinematography of any kind: it is just one kind of picture. You just need to answer your own question: did you like it? Alex: No Natasha: did you enjoy it? Alex: I expected more, but I did not enjoy it that much... There are my thoughts: life can be boring on so many levels: your job sucks and you simply do it because otherwise you will be hungry; your friends are idiots (well, most of them), you do not want to spend time with them; your parents do not understand you and they keep asking you the same questions over and over again: when are you going to have a boyfriend / a husband / a wife, when are you going to date someone; or worse: when is your next work promotion comes? when will you find a better job for you? Your home surroundings are so dull and so monotonous you do not see the light even in coming back home from work anymore... You simply stuck in the routine, in the darkness around you... But you have one obsession, some blink of bright light that makes the difference, that keeps you afloat and going, that gives you strength and seeds love sparkles in your soul... For different people such dreams or obsessions can be absolutely different: for one girl from Tokyo it is a treasure in Minnesota, USA that she believes is real and she devotes all her life energy , all her thoughts and intentions to find it...One day she drops everything burning down all the bridges behind her: with dumb boss, with envy work colleagues, with hypo-energetic friends who seem to have everything right in their lives which makes you almost vomit; you get rid of a sim-card from your mobile so your mum can not reach you pestering you with annoying questions - and you leave home for your dream... You meet guides on your way who play certain roles in your life: for a day, an hour or two they help you on your way... Natasha: don't you think such guides just try to trap you in their own reality more than assisting you in finding your dream as all "guides" do - they do not know better - as they also try their best - how they see it - to help you... With these helpers you almost feel like that pet-rabbit in the cage you used to have in Tokyo and you remember: one day - you also let him free - one day just on your way to your dream... Alex: Yes, guides are also like this: they show you the way without asking if you want to head this way... It seems right to them but it might be right to you. Anyway, your destination is finally reached and your dream is fulfilled - how wonderful, how exciting - we almost buy it, the unbelievable has all happy-ended... but may be it is a pseudo-happy-end ? american hollywood dream of a suit case full of money is never going to materialise? as the dream remains in your dream (?) The movie director tricks us all... The ending is not to be revealed, but to be seen with our own eyes: to believe or not to believe... Natasha: so it seems you liked the movie?.. Is it original and unexpected as you said - it would not be nice if you got what you expected - surprises are always better in movies?.. Alex: I still did not like it... She will never come back home I think... I gave it 7/10 Natasha: I laughed at some scenes: on average American mentality when they think Korea, China and Japan are all the same country, on stupid Tokyo boss and on those graceful Japanese jokes, I loved the main charactee played so gently but powerful - all perfectly done; very good touching drama for it all: for laughing and for crying best from what I saw in the last year... My rate is 10/10
THEY ARE ALL DEAD TODOS ESTÁN MUERTOS SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website review by Julie Dargan
Here is my review for They are all Dead:
This movie is told from a 12 year olds perspective on his life. Pancho is a straight boy with a recluse mother who was once wild in her young, rock music heyday.
The storyline is a wonderful mix of a mothers struggle to see her daughter embrace life again and to be there for her son (Pancho).
"Imagine having a stutter and being unable to say the things you want to.” How many of us are unable to say the things we really want to but struggle to say them? This movie is a gentle reminder to us to say the words when we have the chance to say them because one day we may not be able to. Photography is this film is fantastic. I have loved all the movies I have seen from this years Spanish Film Festival for their attention to detail in portraying lives as they really are. No Hollywood dramatics, actors without make-up, pure reality life.
And the music! Never before have I enjoyed rock music but in this movie I am nearly tempted to go out and buy the sound track (not too sure if the Spanish do that either).
A wonderful movie, that will leave you feeling uplifted and wanting to get out and enjoy life me. You never know opportunities will come you way, and in the most surprising way.
My score 8/10
THE UNEXPECTED LIFE LA VIDA INESPERADA website SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 RATE: 8/10 review by Julie Dargan
thank you for the offer to review THE UNEXPECTED LIFE:
Life takes unexpected twists and turns. At a point in our lives, what we thought was important and had to be successful at, may be a dream that has to be shattered. Juan wanted to be an actor and not a shopkeeper like his father. He moves from Spain to live in America to pursue his dream.
Juan’s cousin comes to visit and it looks like he has everything. This come to him easy but rather than embrace each success, he feels unworthy his accomplishments and runs away. Runs away from love, a great job, into the arms of a woman who will make him miserable, but with not expectations. That way he does not let himself down, or anyone else.
Which cousin follows his heart, learns to take risks and starts living life? You must watch this movie to find out.
My score 8/10
EASY SEX, SAD MOVIES SEXO FÁCIL, PELÍCULAS TRISTES SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 review by Irina Ivanova
is at some point a softly floating story and partially – a crazy joyride describing the intricate process behind the creation of a sentimental romantic book, whose author Pablo is desperately trying to revive his own marriage and return to the harmonic state.
The movie reveals two intertwined love stories of couples (fictional – Victor and Marina, the characters of the book, and real – Pablo and his beautiful wife Valeria) whose relationships – like it usually happens in real life – start with a sweet romance and ground-shaking passion, selflessness and impetuosity, and later overgrow with doubts, fears and precaution burdening the lovers from making powerful, life changing decisions or leading them into the path of deceit and betrayal.
This story proves that life purposefully feeds us with complicated situations with plenty of possible outcomes. It gives us as many choices as we need to find our way, our life partner, our career and everything else that we surround ourselves with. All the sudden changes and unexpected turns that couples face put them into unstable positions which they maybe decide to escape just by running away from them or maybe, if the author decides so, overcome with all the courage and dedication that can be only brought into the world by true love.
TANGO GLORIES FERMÍN, GLORIAS DEL TANGO SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 wevsite RATE: 10/10 review by Julie Dargan
Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to watch the movie, Tango Glories.
In three words brilliant, brilliant and brilliant.
This movie is hauntingly stunning, music so uplifting, the tango was inspirational, a movie that has to be seen. I will not go into the storyline as it is so woven into the music and dancing it is difficult to dissect. I had to stop the movie half way and fetch myself a glass of wine in order to become at one with the movie. I have to take up Tango lessons and follow that with a trip to Buenos Aires where time seems to have stood still in this wonderful world of Tango.
A must see at the upcoming film festival. My score 10/10
WHO AM I - NO SYSTEM IS SAFE - NOMINATED THE BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS 2015 website RATE: 10/10
1. the movie is not a thriller but a psychological action movie. 2. actors are so brilliant we have not seen anything like this for a long time 3. camera, make up , styling, soundtrack details, the plot - on every aspect the movie is on the top - no loose points, even the titles are made with so much creativity! 4. we also believe may be if the real hackers would watch it they might laugh at some points, but for an ordinary people who do not know much about the cyber world this movie is an action where James Bond is resting quietly and shamefully in the corner... 5. a total pleasure to watch which was done in one breath.
AUDI FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILMS 2015 media opening night - kind invite of Miranda Brown Publicity and Goethe Institut wevsite
I need to first admit that this type of movie is just not my thing. I'm more of a Rom-Com cliche. So, it's a rainy Sunday afternoon, I am snuggled on the couch and begin what I think is going to be a 'chore of a movie' to watch. But no! I judged way too quick. The first thing that caught my eye in this movie was the amazing special effects based on technology which is predicted for the future. The imagination and skill to bring this concepts to life, on the screen, are epic. The idea that people can be 'SlipStreamed' into the future in itself is mind blowing. The idea that they can be broken down into almost data pieces and transported electronically is powerfully portrayed in this movie. Set in the hostile future of high unemployment and desperation (circa 23rd Century) biological agents, alien forces and a superior group of burly men off to fight the bad guys. Actors in this rare Aussie SciFi show talent and passion. Although I saw no familiar faces in this movie (yes, I didn't pick up on the Helmsworth), I will be sure to keep an eye out for future projects staring them. Their commitment to the characters was evident and I am sure they will continue to do Australia proud on the world stage. A rare find which has the feel of Mad Max and Aliens with the complex futuristic ideas of the Matrix.
WHILE WE'RE YOUNG RATE: 7.5/10
For some reason Alex did not like the movie at all. He just did not understand the plot that he found quite confusing and he did not understand the point of making such movie. I loved the movie. I found the whole dialogues very charming, the idea - cool and the actors - fantastic. I found generations apart interactions very organic and naturally created, especially Ben Stiller and Adam Drver's conversations. One of my discoveries: I could never realised that older people can be envy of young ones in their own way... It looks like success and luckiness just sticks to young people more often than it blesses the older ones. The younger seem more careless, more at ease , more interesting and flowing through like like a bicycle though a row of cars stuck in a traffic. These young people are just a breath of air for the older ones for whom life is just a sad reminder of their age every single minute from their physical bodies, their actions or their thoughts. Oh those young people... they seem so generous and so genuine... Aren't they?... They never have any hidden agendas - they are just the best ever... Aren't they? The movie is just anther reminder how friendship be fragile and how it can change shapes in a blink of an eye... The soundtrack is sensational... Well I give all my thumbs up for all four major characters in this movie
SPANISH AFFAIR OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website RATE: 6/10
The movie is a bit childish and for our taste is a bit long and sometimes pretty predictable. We did not know before about Basques and Andalusians arguments but it s probably similar to northern and southern regions of Russian people misunderstandings and fathers who do not want their daughters to marry a guy from the "other side"... The movie is a strange cocktail of everything: a proud father, a daughter who is unfortunate with the guys, a guy who does want this girl and lots of other strange things around the story... It was a bit "not believable" in some parts and even boring; sometimes I was thinking: does the film director know what is going on in his movie or he simply let it go and the actors play as they like? ... We have seen better Spanish Films and we know they are out there with the life that is easy with the eyes wide open... yes~ But enough of negative points from me... what about the things I liked about the movie? Clara Lago was a real discovery - very beautiful young actress who acts so well and natural... good music/soundtrack, singing, flamenco dancing opening the movie, some very funny moments. Spanish nature picturesque landscapes and colorful medieval buildings, breathtaking views from above the city and some very brilliant camera solution... The message of the movie is quite clear at the end: no matter who you are or where you are from love and human nature unites us all... Well let's put t together: it is light and simple romantic comedy that is excellent for entertaining and good for uplifting your mood for the evening indeed!