JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: FELIX AND MEIRA NEW FELIX ET MEIRA website RATE: 10/10
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RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2015: LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT NEW website ЛЮБИТ, НЕ ЛЮБИТ review by Julie Dargan
Love Me Love Me Not is a movie being presented at the Russian Resurrection Film Festival.
The plot revolves around Alex and Alana who became engaged in romantic Paris. A with every quirky love story, at the same time Alex meets Irina, a famous journalist, whose chaotic lifestyle makes Alex wonder what life and love actually is.
With Alena is calm and security, yet with Irina is adventure and wonder.
There are lots of laughs, twists and turns in this three way love plot. Many of the twists are not as predictable as you would think which makes the storyline fresh and vibrant.
Set against a backdrop of mesmerising St.Petersberg and Moscow, with a cameo of Paris, the movie showcases the wonders of modern Russia.
A delightful film that has you wondering who will Alex choose and will there be justice and happiness for Alena, or Irina?
My score 8/10.
LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION: THE CONFORMIST NEW website review by Marina Skliar
The Conformist is a movie based on a story that took place before Second World War. The movie is about strong political believes which sometimes take one's soul and become much stronger than love, human feelings and life, The movie is about betrayal, convenience and most of all disappointment in everything you believed in. It is about sacrificing the well being of your life and your family. The movie reflects one of many life that religiously believed in the goodness of nazism and had allowed the nazi party to destroy human face of the person and all we love including dearest of all - family.
He named me Malala is a very special movie we had an opportunity to watch.
The movie is structured so beautifully. Especially we loved the documentary blend with the animation; that was done so clever and so tender.
The main character is the girl to fall in love with: her heart , you simply feel it, it is not fake, there are no hiding, no faulty promises, no fake believes. She is so true to herself in every word she pronounces.. Many of us should learn from this young and beautiful little woman. When you watch the movie please make sure you keep observing Malala's eyes: they never lie as the truth is seen from the purest source there; I can not forget these eyes full of love and can not remember them without without tears in mine. We could also see Malala's names is used for some political purpose: for and against - both, but looking in her eyes you realise that she also knows about it but she is in the honest game to gain so much for the people. Her politics is not political so to speak and it makes her figure even more attractive. She lives beyond any laws and policies: she lives following one law: human.
There are so many details that are supporting the plot, you simply do not feel you watch a documentary so rich and so filling the story is. The plot doe snot look plain or as just like another propaganda movie.
There are so many thoughts that will visit you unexpectedly after watching the film. It has as strong aftertaste in a good meaning of this word.
THE BEAVER NEW DVD - kind courtesy of Icon Film Distribution review by Bryanna Reynolds
The Beaver isn’t the type of film you expect it to be.
I tend to judge a DVD by its cover but hear me out first; because I think this time I have been proven wrong. I like to analyse a cover before I watch a film to get a sense of what I think a film will be about as opposed to what it turns out to be. I thought that the film was going to be a light-hearted comedy that didn’t really delve into anything specific. But I admit I was wrong in this case to assume any such thing about this tantalising film, which focused on mental health in an interesting context.
The film revolves around an unsettled dysfunctional family who just don’t have anything going for them. But the audience are shown happier times which gives a sense of hope. The father Walter played by the talented Mel Gibson is depressed and in his darkest hour finds hope in the form of a Beaver hand puppet.
The audience are taken on a journey through the life of depressed father Walter who willingly becomes controlled by a beaver hand puppet. His wife played by Jodie Foster is put at ends as to how she best help her husband but it seems there is nothing she can do, to detach her husband from his new best friend, the puppet.
You may associate American actor Mel Gibson with films such as Braveheart, Lethal Weapon and the Mad Max Franchise as an action hero but after watching this film he has once again proved that he can play a multitude of characters. We see his character go through a roller coaster of emotion through suicidal thoughts to the mega brainy ideas to get his toy company back in business.
I think the film is trying to say that in our deepest darkest hour sometimes we wish that someone would step in and just take over our lives. Sometimes we search for something, anyone or anything to help and in this case it was a Beaver.
One of the best surprises at the end of the film was finding out that Jodie Foster actually directed the film as well as starred in it. I always find this impressive because it displays a sense of attachment with one person throughout the film who has worked on both sides of production. Meaning I appreciate when actors take a step onto the wild side behind the scenes and work on the technical side of the film. Although in saying this Mel Gibson is no stranger to the world of Directing he has even won an Academy Award: Best Director for Braveheart in 1995.
I would recommend this film to anyone who has room in their heart to be inspired to learn a little more and take a step back in life and realise what is really important to them. This film teaches us that you can bounce back once you have hit rock bottom, and most importantly teaches us that you should always believe there is someone out there thinking of you.
ANOTHER YEAR NEW DVD - kind courtesy of Icon Film Distribution review by Bryanna Reynolds
Another Year is a film by Mike Leigh.
As the film title suggests “Another Year” is simply about a year and follows the life of some work mates and friends who take on some extra challenges.
The main characters are a happily married couple close to retirement that have decent jobs and are just good, down to earth people. The wife is a counsellor and the husband a geologist.
One of the main themes was discovery and help. What the main characters taught us was that there are always going to be people around you, willing to help you out when you need it.
I was however conflicted with the film by two things.
First of all I noticed the all-star cast that were going to be in the film. Upon watching the film and seeing all these fabulous actors and recognising them from other work such as Harry Potter and Bridget Jones Diary, I was a little disappointed in the film or was it sadness I felt?
Although this could also be a sign that the film was indeed doing something right because it did make me feel emotion and question things. In the end this is generally what I use to measure weather I have enjoyed a film.
There were elements that I did enjoy and could understand but the issue was probably that I was not the intended audience for this film.
If I had to recommend this film to an age group it would be people in there 30’s and early retirement. This group of people I feel would absolutely be able to relate to the issues that were discussed in the film such as a grown up family.
The concept that the film evolved around a year of seasons was quite lovely and I liked how the audience were alerted in the change of season because it helped move the story along.
I feel that if there was a soundtrack also the films emotions could have been much more intense than how it came across. This is just something I found personally.
To conclude I feel that the film was missing something, or maybe I just missed something. This also just goes to show that we cant love every movie, but we can learn something by watching a movie and seeing what works and what doesn’t. If we liked everything then we wouldn’t have anything to measure our own hopes and dreams and I think that is ultimately what I took away from this film.
If you are in the age group I recommended I think you will really like this film and be able to enjoy it as intended.
IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015: TIME TO LOVE NEW RATE: 8/10 website review by Julie Dargan
A Time for Love , written by Roya Mohaghegh, directed by Alireza Raisian and featuring Leila Hatami as a divorce lawyer whose world is turned upside down due to a client seeking assistance, who is unaware of her role in the resulting chain of events that unfold.
Do not be fooled by the title of this movie, this is not a story about love but is a story of betrayal and revenge.
It is a wonderful insight into Iranian lifestyle and culture of not only the elite but also the common class. Leila plays the role of wife, mother as well as a successful professional with ease and compassion who does not deserve the treatment she receives indirectly from disgruntled clients.
An amazing insight into marriage, family life, fashion and roles the woman plays on modern Iran. A few slights on their view of the Western world makes for an interesting twist.
I thoroughly loved this movie and was engrossed from beginning to end. Has Iran on my list of countries to visit for sure!
If you go to see this movie with some one I bet you will feel very uncomfortable to the extend of being revolted by some scenes.
If the director tried t show his vision of sex I can see that he is a bit of a sick person to put it i a soft way. The episodes with people experimenting with love and making love with close ups to the cameras look on a boarder of a pornographic movies. Such episodes take 90% of the film. I do not see the sense of much scenes as they do not add the artistic value to the movie. The story is very weak not to say almost primitive. The young couple is experimenting with sex trying all there is offered in this world. Eventually the guy impregnates a young 16 year old stranger and has to marry her. He seems to be stuck in his thoughts about his past with his girlfriend, the love if his life that is gone forever. I kept asking him during the whole movie: why do you suffer, as the mistakes are all created by you and no one else but he could not hear me and kept blaming himself for all the years he lived and still lives.
I loved the lights in the movie and some good director's solution and "time travelling" jumping from the one to another episode in the past to the reality in front of him.
I also loved the music that suited the depressive mood and the erotic actions.
I found the major actor Murphy playing to be not very believable in some parts of the movie and it needs to be worked on (Juan Saavedra) Aomi Muyock was ok, but not 100$ perfect.
Apart from that the movie did not tell me anything knew nor I discovered any fresh thoughts or ideas. Boring: no, but way too long for the point the director wanted to deliver.
If some one asks me : so what are the good erotic movies about sex that came out after the famous Empire of Passion s the movie where the couple also makes love for the entire film, I would say: Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur and Little Death by Josh Lawson are very cleverly made, funny, no unnecessary suffering - just pure passion. There are a couple of other good movies about love, sex and passion but I will leave you, our dear readers with this for now...
This movie is all about acting, acting and acting and the actors are incredible. I personally believe that this was Dev Patel's best role so far and he is owning every episode in this movie with his incredible performance. His roommate, Vincent a guy with sensational eyes is also amazing in acting as well as Marie. So big standing applause for those three teenagers. All characters are very well developed as it should be a good quality prose.
Really loved the plot that was so unpredictable you would not be guessing not the ending but where the next two minutes of the movie will lead you. It was very well shaped and not plain at all.
The movie has a good healthy, not vulgar but very well balanced sense of humor that made the cinema audience laugh many times.
The complex problems are discussed not lightly but in a very intelligent form, but you can not also say that the movie was not deep enough for such complicated subject: the teenagers with different behavioral and mental disorders. Not boring, but very harmonically made movie.
It was incredible to notice how the director managed to include some slices of nice nature, psychological drama, even some detective elements without going overboard but making it mixed very harmonically like a well designed mosaic with intrigues and twists.
Really loved the movie
IRANIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015: I AM DIEGO MARADONA NEW من دیه گو مارادونا هستم website review by Julie Dargan RATE: 7/10
"I am Diego Maradona" is a movie from the Iranian Film Festival. The storyline starts with an event, like most events, a small incident that escalates beyond being reasonable and brings many issues to the surface.
A small pebble is thrown at a window without incident, soon becomes a rock nearly killing a man lying in his bed. What follows is an amazing insight into the lives of an Iranian family, extended way the typical 2 adults and 2 children Australian family.
There is some reference to Diego Maradona, but not in the way you expect. I found myself with a headache at times with all the tension transpiring on the screen, and moving with passion following Maradona on the soccer field.
A film with great passion and a rare insight into family life (extended and all) of Iran.
My verdict 7/10
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR NEW on DVD/blu-ray and digital website
review by Bryanna Reynolds
Infinitely Polar Bear, released in 2014 has an all star cast to provide a heart warming and entertaining down to earth dramady about the dysfunctional family. Interestingly the film was written and directed by Maya Forbes and is semi biographical in that the film draws inspiration from her childhood, growing up with a father with manic depression now known as Bi-Polar Disorder.
The film takes the audience through the ups and downs of mental illness and the effects it can have on a family. I love how the film dealt with Bi-Polar Disorder. It didn’t follow the journey of a mental illness but instead focused on a man who just happened to have a mental illness.
The story focuses on a father played by Mark Ruffalo who has to step up and take care of his two children when his wife moves interstate to pursue a M.B.A. The story is beautifully connected to the themes of family, relationship and health.
Mark Ruffalo was fabulous to watch and he proved he can just about step foot into anyone’s shoes when it comes to acting.
The film explores the effects of mental illness in the 1970’s. It was interesting to see the differences time had on the treatment and discussion of mental illness, which I found fascinating.
I love how the film reminds the audience that just because someone is diagnosed with a mental illness, this does not mean they are any less of a person because of it and can do anything they set their mind to.
The films soundtrack was absolutely beautiful and complimented the journey the characters were taking. There was a mix of blues and jazz, which made you feel the emotions along with the characters.
The film is relatable in the fact that we all have some sort of dysfunctional element of family that we live with. The film reminds us that we all come across challenges in life and just to remember that there are most definitely people out there who are going through the same things as you.
Learning to Drive is a pretty symbolic title as it can be understood in many ways: learning to drive a car and learning to drive your life. This is exactly what we see in this movie: while learning to drive the main character, a middle age woman who has just been divorced following the initiative of her husband who decided to leave her for someone different. It is very hard to find yourself after such separation as life seems to loose its move, its force and its drive... Then suddenly the right person comes. He is not the one you would have relationship with, she is just very fond of him, he is extremely honest and kind, he is her driving teacher and even more. He is that force that will assist her to get out of her lost state of mind.
The movie is very well structured: it has the slow development,culmination and resolution. It is very harmonically built. The plot is written with wit, sincerely and intelligently. It flows like a smooth road.
The characters are all well developed and their growth is seen very clearly from the beginning of the movie till the last title. There are no unnecessarily episode shown or silly word said: everything has its weight and significance.
It is also very interesting to observe the different cultures and acception of one by the other. Would you ever marry a person you have not even met once in your life? We sometimes fail to build the true relationship with the ones that we know and see, try to do it with someone you have never seen in your life.
From all the episodes we discussed one: when the new wife of just married Indian couple puts way too much spices in her dish she cooks for her husband. There is a lot of symbolism in that small episode. It is both funny and very deep.
It is very light and enjoyable movie to watch an perhaps learn...
RUSSIAN RESURRECTION FILM FESTIVAL 2016: YOLKI 1914 NEW website review by Julie Dargan RATE: 9/10 Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Ned and Co for the opportunity to review the RRFF movies prior to their screening
This is a wonderful, witty, funny yet meaningful piece of entertainment.
The plot revolves around one soldiers desire to have a Christmas tree in Russian 1914. The problem is that the Mother Country would like to have it banned because they consider it a German tradition.
So many storylines that weave in and out of each other you wonder which direction the director is going to take. My advice is to sit back and be swept away from the story. You will not be disappointed.
Just when you think it is just a comedy, it has a depth to it that brought tears to my eyes and brought a deeper appreciation of the power of the people, and the power of Christmas.
A must at the upcoming Russian Movie Festival. This showcases Russia in its glorious 1914 heyday.
My score 9/10
GREEK FILM FESTIVAL 2015: AGORA FROM DEMOCRACY TO THE MARKET NEW website Αγορά: Από τη Δημοκρατία στις Αγορές review byNick and ANgela GOtzamanis Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Asha HOlmes Publicity for the opportunity to review the festival movies before their official release date.
Agora is where it all began, the foundation of just about every Modern Democratic Government today, where citizens would gather, trade goods, discuss politics, where laws were posted, courts were held, announcements made. Some of the greatest minds as Aristotle, Plato, Socrates frequented the Athenian Agora floating new ideas about science, philosophy, nurturing new theories and lecturing students in an informal and casual manner. Pythagoras the mathematician and Hippocrates the father of modern medicine who's oath is still sworn upon to this day by graduates of medicine, would also socialise and share ideas, teach at there their own city's Agoras.
Which now brings us to documentary in question and the filmmakers challenge of portraying this Greek tragedy, the deeply emotional atmosphere, the hurt the pain, frustration, tension, betrayal of people and the nation as whole to the audience. I will not give too much away, but what makes it especially intriguing is that these events are taking place in modern European country that is not at war, yet I felt at times I was watching scenes reminiscent of post world war 2.
The filmmaker has done a great job of simplifying a very complex subject of breakdown of Democracy and society by using a timeline of events that occurred, based on facts switching back and forth by interviewing politicians and prominent figures blatant false claims to the stark reality of the situation at hand, capturing the complete disconnection of the government and the people.
With austerity measures implemented for the granting of relief funds from the Troika In the guise of a bailout with 98% going to directly to the banks and only 2% left to the people. Pensions are cut, jobs are lost, hunger, food hand outs, families falling apart, suicides increase by almost 30%, homeless increase of middle class & educates by 25%, clashes and riots entail.
The film delves deeper into an almost surreal atmosphere, bringing rise to a Neo Nazi Party by frustrated voters, with the party seizing on the people's vulnerability and xenophobic fears, targeting migrants with acts of violence and supporters of the party taking out political executions only to be met with retaliatory executions from newly formed groups.
The country now falling into further chaos with harsher austerity, politicians only concerned about gaining or staying in power. The film also captures many moments convincingly engaging many emotions. Amongst all the misery & misfortune with acts of human kindness, people sharing food and medication.
The Agora is where Democracy was born and now where the forced impoverished scavenge for food scraps.
Can you really change the world or this is just your ego talking? What challenges can you possibly face when doing this? Well, I remember that one person actually tried it and he was crucified. It was 2000 years ago. Isn't the result very obvious? Are there any rules when you go on that road of changing something on this planet? The Greenpeace started with stopping nuclear tests in Amchitka, Canada and eventually grew into defending planet Earth from destruction of many kinds: be it animal defending or protecting wild life. We know now that if it is green it is Greenpeace. It started with brave pioneers who were looked at as national heroes. the film describes what actually was happening inside the organisation, how it developed and what were the issues its members and the great minds faced. What are they now and what was achieved and where were the weakest links - it is all discussed in this movie. I recommend everyone interested in the environmental factors on planet Earth to watch this movie.
SMART PEOPLE NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
Smart People is a down to earth, damn right funny film. It reminds you that we are all humans learning from our mistakes and simply living in a world where circumstances can change at the drop of a hat.
The film stars Dennis Quaid in the role of a father who is simply an unhappy miserable man, which the audience come to realise is the result of his late wife’s passing.
The film doesn’t have a simple beginning, middle and end which works well because it evolves as a continuous journey for not just Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) but for the cast as a whole. It is easy to relate to the characters and the events that are happening also in their personal lives.
Self-discovery is a major theme of the film, particularly for the daughter (Ellen Page) who evolves from a young, over achiever who is often taken for granted by her family since the death of her mother. It is with the help of her fathers adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church) that she protrudes from her shell and learns to live a little.
With the introduction of legendary actress Sarah Jessica Parker playing the love interest of Lawrence Wetherhold, whom he meets after a bang to his head and visit to the ER. We finally see the grumpy man let down his guard and learn to love again.
The films all star cast work magnificently together to create a comedy that a range of audiences can relate to.
It is always enjoyable to sit back and watch a film like this one, where characters evolve and teach the audience to self reflect and take a look at your own life. The film makes you question what truly makes you happy. In the end it comes down to the people you surround yourself with.
The soundtrack was beautiful and laid back, with special credit to Nuno Bettencourt a talented musician whose music adds a touch of romanticism to the film as a whole.
I would recommend this film to anyone looking for inspiration to move on or get back to a time in place where happiness was their main concern. The film makes you want to be the best person you possibly can. It teaches you to surround yourself with positivity. But at the same time shows the effects of negativity in the home.
MISS YOU ALREADY NEW website RATE: 8/10 Again: I am full of disbelief when it comes to movies about cancer patients, so mine Alex's positive attitude went separate ways this time again. While he found the actors' performance on a very good level, I could not be sadder in my frustration about their interpretation. Alex adored the story line and found it very natural and organic, while I was very disturbed by the strange feeling of "fragmentation". The mother character I found more than absurd. Alex's main thought:very true story filmed showing the life with cancer from different angles: inside the family with issues with kids, husband and the rest of the family; people's reaction at work place; friend's acceptance and assistance. Natasha's main thought: Drew Barrymore is a very cute actor, good and talented, it was the first time I saw her on screen and she did not disappoint: very unpredictable performer with her heart in cinematography. The same I can say about Toni Collette - sensational in most of the episodes of the film; the aspects of friendship challenged by difficult circumstances, self sacrifice towards relationship and decisions made on the shaky edge: family or friends; some scenes are more than painful to take in, some are extremely funny, some just dull, some are heartbreaking and full of tears, but Drew's smile is so healing and it dominates. My 7 and Alex's 9 gave it 8/10.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2015 CLOSING NIGHT: THE MAGIC VOICE OF A REBEL NEW Magický hlas rebelky RATE: 7/10 website
People love their freedom. No matter who is in power: Russians, Czechs or Germans, they do not like to accept the fact that someone is conducting the show. To rebel is also a feature of any talented artist, musician or entertainer. For them freedom is more important because you simply can not created if you are limited by someone or something. Art exists beyond politics but it is often political as it can be related to a nation or it can express certain calls and feelings related to politics. So it is finally political, As long as there is politics everywhere there will be art that will be rejected for different reasons: it is not reflecting the main aim of certain party or it is simply too revealing or etc or etc. There are just some thoughts...
There is also another thought: the singer shown in this movie is so talented and so charming. I can only compare her with Anna German. Who could ever think such a gem was living next just door: in Czechoslovakia. Marta was loved by the whole nation.
This is what we forget when we live and take everything Earth gives us for free: plants, animals, air, water, natural resources, warmth and sun. We never treat this given for free with respect - we take everything for granted. Those who talk to the animals and talk to the birds we call crazy; those who talk to the water and treat it like you treat your mother - with love and care - we hardly ever met. Such people all disappeared from the face of the Earth one day and water just became something that serves us. When we take we never think we have to thank and give back in return. But the bill is accumulating slowly: there is no more credit line. Water is connecting everything on this planet as you as a human being in the first place are made out of 90% of water. Water particles talk to each other as small living creatures and mini-universes. What we say to ourselves - all the springs and waterfalls, all lakes and oceans know the same minute. They know what we think and what our intentions are. They read our thoughts and they are still innocent servants of ours as their love is unconditional; it is there for us in abundance and it is not based on how much money we have to pay it back. Water surrounds us from the sky to the soil from one side of the river to the other and from our birth to our last breath.
But it is not the only part of our being-ness. What strikes me in this film is the history, the knowledge of the generation that we so easily forget and choose not to learn , not to take with us on our journey and not to hear. It is not much of that knowledge that is left. The knowledge is not in building the machinery for mining that destroys , but the wisdom of life and living. Do you remember last time you saw someone of your grand-parents or relatives making fire or rain or showing you how to find the right path in the woods, how to build a shelter and how to feel healthy. When was the last time you gave your child a real medicine instead of something in a plastic wrapper from the local pharmacy?
The movie shows a journey of one man and his tribe over decades. There are episodes of their life filmed many years from now and the today's living. Yes, we change, but I would also like my kids to remember the right way of treating the nature and the people around. They will be making mistakes like everyone of us but there is a certain unbroken god-like core inside all of us that is unchangeable. It is so deep you are scared to look close into it as you feel you might get lost inside of it. I would love to see people to be the leaders of themselves and to be truthful to themselves looking inside their inner being. Only this way they can find their true identity, only this way they will feel they are not lonely and they are comfortable, happy and not bored with their own company, alone with themselves.
Kurtal is a source of water and life for one Australian tribe, This is the place where the new born come from and this is the place where the spirit goes when people pass away. It is the source of joy and the essence of life for these people. But it is much more than that. This is the place where people make rain and where water creates people and their souls.
The story was very emotional for me as I remembered my own water place far away from here, pure and clean like a reflection of the best part of Self and so cold you almost can taste the stones and ice of the places it was coming from. The film was very touching I could not even put a rate on such movie. There are no numbers present ,just silent words... Thank you!
SIMSHAR NEW website RATE: 10/10 media invite - kind courtesy of Lido Cinemas PR and Marketing Team and Erin Jameson
Our mind simply works this way: we often cling to the negativity of something too much neglecting life's simple beauty in everything that comes. It is poisonous from one side , but from the other side you do not know what can be worse. And it CAN be worse. If you thunk the situation is bad, it can be much worse. You are without the boat in the open sea with your son and an illegal immigrant, no water, no food, no people around to hep you... It can be worse: your only helper is gone now - the African immigrant who assisted you in every step of this survival is gone now; now it is only you and your son on two pieces of plastic miles away from the shores and your son is injured... but wait as it can be even worse than that! We should appreciate what life give us every moment and stop complaining about small and insignificant things as life is much bigger than that small spot on your face - loosing your child will never bring you back to what it was when he was alive... Let's appreciate each and every moment we live caring!
Amazing actors too especially Clare Agius, very natural acting and this is neglecting the fact that many people were actually playing themselves.
Although the movie started off 7 years ago nowadays the painful subjects of many aspects touched in the movie are even more ACTUAL.and FACTUAL. We appreciate the braveness of the director, Rebecca Cremona and her beautiful and sharp mind that takes us on, the viewers on such a realistic journey. She looked in the future definitely when she started filming many years ago - this is the mind of a real genius and we say it without over-valuing this as we heard Rebecca speaking after the movie screening at the Q&A session and appreciate her genuine soul. As a matter of fact we are still under the impression of her sometimes silent but very powerful messages to all the humanity. The questions raised are not simple, the subjects discussed and sometimes not pronounced loudly are complex and the plot is more like a Russian doll (matreshka): it has many layers and each one is revealing itself with more painful thoughts and surprises than the other.
The movie is like a life: the tragedy and the comedy are mixed up there with philosophy and love, and it is hard to distinguish one from another. Despite the Stanislavski's famous words you want to scream out loud: : "I BELIEVE!" but would it change anything? When in the big picture (in Rebecca's words) people are seem like a grey mass and only when you come up closer you start seeing faces and differentiate their personal problems - this is when the society becomes personal, this is ho w you see people making and influencing history development etc. It is right to say: we see in this world animals have more rights than people, especially someone yells at you up in the middle of the street and you can not say anything in return because you know the person is not right and there is nothing to say in return and you also know: THERE IS NO RSPCA for people to defend you.
Rebecca stressed that this is partially a fiction not a documentary, but the story based on real events.
The film is very well structured: two separate story lines are mixed and balanced very well and watched in one single breath although I have say:this is the movie not for everyone to watch. Like someone from the full cinema audience said" " Rebecca, I wish every Australian watched this movie and understand this" Yes, it is more important than James Bond fake, exciting but tasteless adventures.
Big thank you for Rebecca whom we saw as a great master even this is her first long film created. The movie is very well balanced as we mentioned: it is not very smooth, nor it is mixed up - it is just the right blend for a good and appreciative viewer. There is last paint brush in our review: it was very exciting to see life of Maltese community - this is not every day that we go to see Malta and its people.
23 Russian films, including 18 premiere titles, will screen at the Melbourne season of the 12th Russian Resurrection Film Festival, to be held at ACMI from 5 to 15 November.
And in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Victory Day, the 2015 line-up will feature a stunning selection of new and classic war films, for which Russian cinema is internationally famed.
The 2015 epic historical drama, Battalion, which was a huge box office hit in Russia, will launch the Festival’s Melbourne season. Set in the spring of 1917 at the height of WWI and based on a true story, Battalion is the tale of the First Russian Women’s Battalion, led by the peasant Maria Bochkareva. The battalion was formed with the idea that women warriors would shame timid soldiers into resuming their combat duties. Battalion is directed by Dmitriy Meskhiev, whose 2004 film, Our Own, is also part this year’s war film programme stream.
Said Festival Director, Nicholas Maksymow, “Our 2015 line-up is particularly strong and will hopefully create a deeper understanding of Russia. Through a varied and uncompromising presentation of Russian culture, we hope to provide audiences with the diversity of voices and ideas that are present in Russian society, as showcased by our cinema which is continually evolving and developing.”
This year’s Festival incorporates an eclectic slate of dramas, comedies and romantic fare, with highlights including Battle for Sevastopol, Teacha, Soulless 2, Sunstroke, The Man from our Cemetery, Yolki 1914, Divorce on a Whim and the beautiful animated features, Snow Queen 2 (3D) and Extraordinary Adventures of Serafima. For full details of the 2015 line-up please refer to the Press Kit accompanying this Release.
The Russian Resurrection Film Festival receives the support of the Russian Ministry of Culture, Russkiy Mir Foundation, Event Cinemas, ACMI and Rialto Cinemas and will screen around Australia and New Zealand as follows:
Auckland NZ Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket 21 – 26 October
Sydney Event Cinemas George St & Burwood 23 October – 4 November
Brisbane Event Cinemas Myer Centre 28 October – 4 November
Canberra Greater Union Manuka 4 – 11 November
Melbourne ACMI 5 – 15 November
Perth Cinema Paradiso 12 – 18 November
BORGIA FAITH AND FEAR SEASON 2 NEW website RATE: 10/10 Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Icon Films Distribution Australia for the opportunity to revie wthis movie and for the support of our work
I have to admit I started watching the Borgia story from s2. I loved it so much I had to watch s1 and then I re-watched s2 and I could not stop: s3 had to follow. I was bewitched in my core self by the powerful characters, I was poisoned to the bottom of my soul with their deeds and mis-deeds, I was charmed to the deepest corners of my heart by the talented script of Tom Fontana (whose works sound like works of group of people rather than a single writer) and more to that: I can not imagine my life with out these people who surrounded my whole household for so many days and hours for the last couple of weeks. They speak from every corner of my rooms, I can hear their voices and the Borgia's series soundtrack lives within me for ever now.
The story got me so seduced I had to learn as much as possible about this time of history: I read all possible material that I could find in wiki (I would love to get to some sacred archives but I think I am not the one who is entitled to do so as this must be the privilege of the historians who assisted in script writing and to the people who keep the Vatican seals). I had to know more, I had to know what was true and was falsification in the movie; I guess it was hard to figure out to the writers themselves: and for god sake, this is a movie so we should expect some fiction there no matter how close to the real life it was created there is always the room to the imagination! The more I learnt about the family and its life the more curious my mind became: I watched so many videos on youtube with the speeches of Borgia times analysts, the lectures by famous modern historians and endless interviews with those who specialise in this particular era.
What a movie! I guess every character has to be spoken about separately but at the same time should be collectively united as not only they belong to the same family tree but because of the powerful characters they inherited.
Alexander VI. As we all know by now, those who are currently in power, they are the ones who write the history, so what we know with all the documents that are available on hand for our attention might not be about the reality of the people in focus - those who lived more than 500 years ago. Apparently his cruelty was famous but is it all that we know as the people who inherited the Pope's throne after Alexander VI (aka Rodrigo Borgia) might have changed so many facts of his biography. Julius II who ruled sometime after Alexander VI was his worst enemy. Not only Rodrigo's grave was destroyed but I trust many of important documents were gone at that time. I also believe the more powerful the ruler is the more positive (as well as the more negative) actions he will be accused of. Envy is the mother of many gossips. But from this historical window let's go back to the widely opened window of the film itself. What I loved about the series that it showed both sides of human nature of this historical figure: his weak and kind sides and his strong and evil half: light and dark is present in all of us. Many thoughts were disturbing me while watching the s2: to get the power of spiritually governing the country is one very hard task, but to remain in power is another totally different and much more laborious duty especially when you are surrounded by enemies who watch your every step and every fall down,who try to accuse you in all possible sins to get this power in their own hands. Not you have to be very powerful but you have to be smart, cunning and wise in both politics and diplomacy. Surrounding yourself with devoted people will not help you as eventually they all play their own games and they all live their own truths. The trust is a feeling that does not belong to this house where betrayals, lust and back stabbing will bring you an advantage in your enemies' eyes. WE can say more or less, the fact remains untouched: Pope Alexander VI was one of the most outstanding popes since St Peter.
Cesare Borgia, legitimate son of Pope Alexander VI and his long-term mistress Vannozza dei Cattanei. According to some historians, Borgia family originates from Jewish Spain, and one of the most distinctive Borgias, Cesare was perhaps the most sharp-minded figure when it came to war, victories to win women and victories in politics. "You are more powerful then the legends about you say" - one of his servants and soldiers said to him once. The dialogues in the script created for Cesare and his friends or opponents are the most significant, full of deep philosophical ideas and enriched by the talented performance during the acting. Italy at that time was divided by dutchies, small kingdoms, Roman independent provinces etc and surrounded by enemies and more powerful governors in France and Spain; the dangers could also come from Ottoman Empire and many other countries: the wars as we know them are not only about the women, land and gold, people who work on that land, they are also about the religion as if you own the spirit you own the nation an your people. Cesare is even more complicated figure on that chess board of political, diplomacy and international intrigue. He is also the master in everything he does: be it winning the hearts of women, heading the fights or seducing the minds of legendary kings. His main ambition is seemingly simple: uniting of Italy but what is inside his heart, his head and what is in his mind, truly and genuinely? Do we know the real Cesare Borgia? Like a golden coin in his father's chests he also has two sides: head and tail, good and evil are so closely live together inside of him he, himself does not know who he really is: or perhaps he is just a a man with a Christ face and the Satan's eyes. No matter who he is we can always see ourselves in his narcissistic reflection in the mirror: while he lives, sins, suffers, merciless kills and genuinely forgives to best that he knows. We live all his inner feeligns with this character: we drink wine at his party and we do not know if it was poisoned, we love his women, we dance flamenco on the wedding day of his sister and we are disgusted when e sets on his bulldogs on those who laugh at him.
Lucrezia, a legitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI and a courtesan, Vannozza dei Cattanei. Lucrezia seems to always be a victim of either political games of her father, brothers, lovers or husbands; she is always under the circumstances when she has to marry the men for strengthening her country and building alliances with powerful families, to enhance her family's international positions or simply following her family mercantile interests. She would be the most powerful out of all Borgia's family due to her feminine nature in addition to all the other natural powers Borgias had. Lucrezia is a spiritual core of Borgias. Spirituality enriches us, the religion limits. Her role in the family is more than significant, she is a face of forgiveness itself and an opposite in her believes to Cesare. While he is solving the arguments with wars and violence, Lucrezia is using all her diplomatic maneuverings to settle up the enemies' battles. Her femininity is winning the most dangerous games of Borgias. But is it all about her? What is hiding behind her angel's looks? Does she also have hidden desires, does she also play the same games as men do?
If we start the talk about all the other characters in the series we will not have enough gb space in our pc - the characters are all well depicted and developed in the series' plot; all the actors performances are beyond any imaginable expectations - just brilliant. You live and breath the century of inquisition, renaissance, church dominance and crusades together with the people who created the movie. I really was enchanted by many things I saw in these series: the most fascinating was some scenes set up: as if they were taken from the renaissance paintings of the greatest masters : the colors, the surroundings, the angles and the perspectives. You catch yourself up thinking: is it still the same now: the time and the people? Are the ecclesiastical and political affairs of Borgias in the 15-th and 16-th centuries remain the same: the icon we all look up on and the example of modern rulers' behavior? Are the crimes, including adultery, incest, simony, theft, bribery and so on govern our lives or our values have been amended by the more spiritual ones? Are we still been lied to by those in power? Do we still learn from what to do and what to avoid, to war or not to war, do we have the same values or have we changed? The Borgia family tree might give you the answers but not to all the questions.
The last paintbrush stroke from me: while watching the series one will have a chance to observe most sacred Vatican traditions of that time of which some still remain in power. I also loved some of details captured of the everyday life of that time: the lives of ordinary people, markets, streets, plazas, dresses and gowns, food and drinks, even houses furnishing. You can see that a lot of work has been put into creating a true atmosphere of that time with seemingly insignificant details but a glove on the hand of a courtesan, a bird in the cage, some white grapes on the table, strawberries in the bowl, black wine bottles, the smallest mirrors, frescas on the walls, laces on the collars and sleeves of the aristocracy, rabbits and dogs, blood on the poor and rich clothes, curtains in the Mediterranean windows give it all out as your eyes capture small details on the subconscious level while you watch the main story and your belief in that story unfolding in front of your eyes grows stronger and stronger. You do not have a present time anymore - all your being-ness is devoted to the Borgias times whose offsprings all have throned more than half of the Europe after Pope Alexander's death and some of them are stil remain in power. This was one enrapturing and delightful time spent with Borgias. Thank you!
INFINITELY POLAR BEAR NEW website review by Alice Slamani Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Icon Films Distribution Australia for the opportunity to revie wthis movie and for the support of our work
InfinitelyPolarBear captures the difficult world of mental illness, specifically bi-polar disorder. Mark Ruffalo takes on the challenges to portray Cameron, and mentally unstable, father of two. His outstanding performance really captures the struggles and liberates one that is trapped in a world of despair. His leading lady, a love her or hate her character, is Zoe Saldana. Her character, Maggie, is written perfectly. She makes you laugh, she almost brings you to tears. It is a difficult feat, playing a somewhat unlikeable character, but she does it with ease and the chemistry she has with Mark Ruffalo is obvious. The shining light on this movie are the two daughters of Maggie and Cameron. Their performances steal the show and I am sure we will be seeing a lot of these young girls in the future. Overall, this is a good movie. It touches on some dark areas which might be confronting to some, similar to that of the 2014 movie 'Still Alice'. You don't want to walk away saying how brilliant it is, because it is such a personally challenging story, but still, it gets a poignant message across and delves into the world on mental illness and it's lasting effects of human lives.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2015: SNAKE BROTHERS NEW Kobry a užovky website RATE: 8/10
I visited my past today while watching this movie at the Festival Opening Night: the reality which is so vivid, so disturbing and so unfriendly it feels like you are surrounded by reptiles.
There are so many well developed story lines in this movie to follow it feels like a 100-layers cake: - the relationship between a husband and his too-easy-going-with -other-men-wife - the relationship between brothers when one of them is a drag addict and the other one is trying to run an honest business - the relationship between two other brothers when hey are involved in business - the relationship between friends when one is covering for another - the relationship between a loved child and his mother and unloved child and his mother - the relationship at work - the relationship between lovers - the relationship between a granny and her grandsons All mixed up in a woolen ball of strings making the world on its own, rotating, sometimes painful and prickly, sometimes horrible, dirty and unbearable, sometimes dumb and unforgiving and sometimes light and funny.
The movie is greatly made and deserving the attention among the most famous film critics and just ordinary people who go to the movies to watch and entertain themselves. I simply loved the story that ended up not with an exclamation mark, not with a question mark, not with the three full stops but this a semi column: uncertainty on the border of trust.
Beautiful music soundtrack you will fall in love with and many other details of the Western Europe modern life not glamorous but truthful to its very core.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2015: FILM ADVENTURE KAREL ZEMAN NEW website review by Bryanna Reynolds
Film Adventurer with Karel Zeman takes us on a journey through the Czech Directors early days as a boy and reveals the truth about his family life and upbringing. I think it is interesting that it is revealed as a young adult that film was something that his step father did not want him to be involved in, instead he was pushing for him to take up a career in Law. Thank goodness he followed his passion.
If you have not heard of Karel Zeman let me introduce you to the man I find myself thanking for letting my imagination run wild. He was a man of many talents and from what ever job he was working he would draw upon these skills and put them into action creating animations combined with live action footage. Combining these elements Zeman created masterpieces that were only seen again decades later in films like Star Wars.
The film is biographical and features inspirational words from present day directors, producers and filmmakers. My favourite guest in this film would have to be the addition of Tim Burton. I can see the similar features between Zeman and Burtons film work in its exploration of fantasy worlds and love for creating out of this world experiences for their audiences.
I personally love watching films where you learn something about the behind the scenes stories of people who have become successful. We learn that the cameramen Zeman worked with on his early works were not well versed with cinema at all but instead were apprentice photographers.
The thing I loved most about the Film was that it gave me hope personally that anything is possible. Whilst Zeman was self-taught in animation the team he worked with as well to create stop motion were all also learning alongside Zeman. This is truly inspirational because many years later we are all still learning as a generation.
I think a lot of people in the film and entertainment industry will be able to relate to this film, as it confirms to the struggling or unqualified artist that anything is possible. There is a sense of achievement and magic capability throughout the film that I myself cannot believe.
I would recommend this film for any one who is a fan of Karel Zeman’s films. For people unfamiliar with Zemans work this film is a beautiful introduction to his world and the mindset he has for creativity and exploring the unimaginable. If you love learning and being swept of your feet in a whirl of creativity then let this film take your mind away.
I look forward to more filmmakers using the genius techniques Zeman used to bring his ideas to life. There is just something so unique and bewildering about the magic in his films that you don’t get from special effects now a day.
CZECH AND SLOVAK FILM FESTIVAL 2015 OPENING NIGHT NEW website
This movie is a heart-stopping experience: perfect life set up shown of 70-s. There is a happy couple we have in front of our eyes: no secrets, nothing to hide, perfect love everyone can be envy about. But apparently the past hides much more than one person can hide. The hidden always gets revealed today or later on. If this past is not as perfect as your partner has in her imagination - too bad. Then your past suddenly appears in front of you in a form of a bad-tempered man. His temper is so out of control he can kill easily and with no regrets. Can such past be accepted now by your love? Looks like an honest job is not that rewarding anymore also and the past somehow attracts more than the present and the future. The dilemma can be solved one way only and this way is full of crime, drama and blood. The actors' performance is above any expectations: it is simply brilliant especially of Pommie's ((Sullivan Stapleton) who simply owns the stage at every scene.
One issue I have with such movies: what do they teach? Why suddenly the criminal becomes the high end hero and he is the lowest rank in the society - why does he win our applauses. Why do we all suddenly trust him more than anyone else? I simply have more questions in this movie than answers.
The movie is extremely entertaining to watch but I hate to be surrounded by hero-criminals.
BARELY LETHAL NEW website RATE: 7.5/10 review by Julie Dargan
Barely Lethal is a movie the whole family will enjoy. Agent 83 is a trained assassin nurtured from the age of 5 (let your imagination run wild here!). After reaching 16, 83 decides she wants to live like a normal teenager. The storyline is humorous yet subtle in the message all teenagers need to hear.
My score 7/10. My teenagers score 8/10.
FOOTBALLER WANTS A WIFE NEW TV SHOW RED CARPET EVENT website RATE: 5/10 review by Rachel Sandey
This is actually not a movie. This is a parody on TV Shows like "Bachelor" or "Farmer wants a wife"
I personally don't like this kind of shows, as it is an artificially created romance and usually men are forced to choose himself a lifetime partner in a very short time frame which can not be real and lasting relationship. Obviously, this is exactly what motivated the the creators to make this parody. The show directed by Jo O'Shaughnessy, produced by Julian V Costanzo & Jonathon Dutton. The parody is created by Ben Nickolas.
As long as this is a parody, everything there is exaggerated. instead of one main character there are three footballers looking for a wife. I am not a Footy expert, but I think they are real footballers. The acting is overdone and I suppose it was done purposely.
It is funny at times, but not hilarious. It is a typical Aussie humor, not very sharp and some times a bit rude. I'd say this type of shows deserve to be laughed at but they are not my cup of tea. My rating 5/10
KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015: CLOSING NIGHT SPECIAL SCREENING MADONNA NEW (마돈나) website RATE: 6/10
The movie is so hard to watch as the disturbing plot is turning and changing its stream so unexpectedly. No, to be honest it is not pleasant to watch the older person in come and almost dead and his son keeping him alive only because of money. It is hard to see raping scenes as there were way too many of them and they were shown too naturally. It was hard to see a woman murdering her own just born child. It was hard to see that no one can protect weak and poor it is even harder to see the people who can say something against such deeds but they keep their months shut. It is sad to see that life does not have value unless there are money attached. There is no light in this movie and there is no escape from a dark reality of he streets, hospitals and some minds. There is only one light though: a new born baby with no parents. This was the saddest movie we have seen in years.
Our opinions on this Shakespeare play's remarkable cinemaographic interpretation divided significantly. While I really adored this highly artistic theater inside the movie Alex mentioned he did not find anything new in this picture and found it rather over-acted by the performers.
I could not resist to think about Andrei Tarkovski's films as the atmosphere of disaster was so vividly expressed.One felt that once mistaken in his deeds committing a deadly sin of killing an innocent person the man found himself close to the mental illness when he could not stop what he started: one murder usually tends to another. If the the murderer personality is soft and weak he is facing a disaster. The logical question arises: should we ever place in power the person who desires to lead as there is nothing on this mind apart from power that is usually based on blood and suffering. Should we on the contrary elect the people who do not want to govern us? Then with such ruler would not we face frequent interventions from the outsiders, from the enemies who would want to enslave the nation with such ruler? Is there a balance in between then? Would not we also face the issue while electing the governors of them being dishonest showing us they do not want to rule but in the deepest corners of the soul he actually would love to do it? The array of questions is endless. But the movie is not exactly about it. You all know the plot of the play more or less well enough.
Macbeth, the wife of an honest and bravest warrior poisons him with the thoughts of killing the king to clear the way of the couple to rule the country. He follows her advice thinking that one murder would not change the world. Not at all, as it never comes without the punishment, with out the act witnessed and without self degradation. The act leads the warrior to more sins and to self destruction as a physical and spiritual being, he was not prepared to commit such crimes but there is no escape from this game anymore. His soul is corrupted and can not be returned to a peaceful state anymore. I only thought the last episode with the last battle was a bit overacted. I found the movie was well done from artistic point of view creating the right dark and trash atmosphere of war and mass murdering. The final scene of a boy running away with a sword is very significant as it shows a never ending story of killing and murdering as long as there are hate and revenge that is in our core intentions. I found the interpretation was quite powerful and the movie is definitely deserves the highest marks due to distinctive format of the famous play delivery. I gave the movie 9/10
I will also write about Alex's opinion. He found the movie very difficult to understand not only because of the complicated language but because he could not connect. He mentioned that the movie is not winning any points as such text should only be delivered from the theater stage with minimum decorations. He also could not find any associations with Tarkovski's best movies and found the artistic part of the movie rather disturbing. He did not want to rate the movie at all saying that he is not in the position to rate something which was not his type of film at all. He also noticed the actors over - playing in many other scenes apart from the final battle.
THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ROBERT DURST website RATE: 7/10 review by Julie Dargan DVD Release date: Sep 16 Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Roadshow Entertainment for the opportunity to review the movie
Here is my review of the 6 part documentary series of The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.
This series had me intrigued from the beginning. A gruesome torso is found washed ashore followed by arms and legs, but never the head. As gruesome as this find was, the series explodes in an absolutely unbelievable tale of how money and influence can keep a man out of jail.
The story infuriated me. So many times we hear of lower socioeconomic men and women being jailed for lengthy sentences for a crime they did not commit (due to the flimsiest of evidence) yet this man has so much evidence against him yet he is free to roam the streets.
Robert Durst appears to make a mockery of the system by being caught shoplifting a sandwich while having thousands of dollars in his car at the time.
The series was compelling in the original footage of Robert Durst. No replacement actor here. The theme song is a success in itself. Eels the band, Fresh Blood is the title, is a menacing theme song for a menacing mini series.
The final insult for me was the discovery that the Hurst family and their money is the group behind the building of the Freedom Tower. Any lesser family would never have been considered the contract. But not this family, they are the true Untouchables.
My score 7/10
MONKEYS REVEALED website review by Jess Dey, Skullwindows Photography
Monkeys Revealed provides a breath of fresh air for nature documentaries, opting to focus on the social structures and hierarchies of primates instead of their physical statistics. Each 40 minute episode covers a broad variety of our simian relatives; from chimpan-A to chimpanzee.
One of the highlights of this series is the inclusion of lesser known species such as Gibraltar natives - the Barbary Macaques - who vy for dominance through kidnapping and exchanging of infant monkeys.
The use of modern technology has enabled the program to capture footage of extremely intimate moments without disturbing their subjects, allowing for an incredibly realistic experience of the many unique ways in which monkeys interact with one another. The first episode has amazing infrared footage of Chacma Baboons hiding in pitch black caverns.
Monkeys Revealed is a definite must-watch for nature lovers, and is currently available for purchase on DVD at various retailers online and offline.
KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015: HOW TO STEAL A DOG 개를 훔치는 완벽한 방법 website RATE: 7/10
How To Steal A Dog is a movie with perfect instructions on how not to steal a dog. The movie is a great entertainment event for the whole family: it is funny for both adults and children. The kids are the major actors in the film and they perform brilliantly. But the movie is not as light as it seems in the first place. Deep beneath there are lots of hidden messages: when parents get separated children are the first ones to suffer as they are the physical projection of their parents spiritual love - they are the jewels in the crown. When spiritual love vanishes so the children feel that they are not needed any more too as the essence of their existence is broken forever. More to that, children simply do not understand what made their parents go separate ways; why their father left them as they are never told why. They cry and suffer but the reason will be only revealed to them many years later. You may ask me: what is it to do with stealing a dog? Well, a lot! Please go an see the movie with your kids - they will love it and they may see much more in this movie than we think...
KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015
6th Korean Film Festival in Australia ( run by Korean Cultural Centre Australia) opened today in Melbourne at ACMI and will run till Thursday Sep 10http://koffia.com.au/ When you choose a movie to watch please keep in mind - this year there is an array of some absolutely stunning historical pictures, some thrillers, comedies action, dramas and so much more for every possible taste. The festival opened with a funny but very well done family movie called How To Steal A Dog. our review is coming up soon but today I publish some photos from one elegant reception the festival offered to the guests:
I remember once I said to my dad: "This family is so perfect, they never argue, they are just something that can be an example to our dysfunctional family" My dad wisely replied: "You so naive... Every family is dysfunctional. Some are just better actors in hiding it...Never trust what you see, but rather see with your "other eyes" - with your soul, than you will see much more."
If every family is dysfunctional ad there is always comic dramas going on inside no matter how good or bad the actors are inside this play, than I should admit the Latin Lover is one fantastically created example of such family and relationship inside it.
The infidelity to start with of men and women, multiple lovers, daughters from different women, loving and fighting "wives" and ex-es, sudden discoveries about sexual orientation, endless dramas and funny moments, heavy drinks and dinners together, children of different colors running around, pasta and clams, rice and potatoes - it is one mad house - yes, it sounds like a typically classical Italian movie in its best traditions of cinematography. All the actors are perfect,they play like those who know each other for many years of close life.
The 10th anniversary since the death of one important man in their family is celebrated and in a couple of hours they discover more about themselves and about each other than they expected. The seemingly peaceful celebration finally turns into an orgasmic drama with all its witty sides (for the external observer of course).
The family is very intercontinentale as the father of so many "international" daughters had way too many affairs all over the globe: French, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, American and god know what else. All his daughters' names start with "S" letter and all of them have various characters and personalities depending on the country of their mothers' origins. It is a mixture of cultures, traditions and habits. Hard to imagine Saverrio, the Latin Lover was so loving and definitely knew for sure what women want from men.
I was pretty sure someone would be killed at the end of the movie considering the mixed temperaments and attitudes. I think if you would like to find out what happened and how some very twisted situations were "resolved" you will need to see the movie. The tickets are on sale (please follow the website link above). Totally recommending this movie to everyone as it is very entertaining and so true!
LATIN LOVER website review by Bryanna Reynolds Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Asha Holmes Publicity, Asha Holmes and Stephanie Payne for organising this screening for our group so well at the Palace Cinemas Como and for this opportunity to review this movie as part of Lavazza Film Festival
Latin Lover was a beautiful work of art and an utter joy to watch unfold on screen. The narrative was relatable in the sense that it featured the unravelling of a dysfunctional family brought together for the anniversary of their father.
This comedy, drama explores the aftermath one man has on a family 10 years after his passing. The family are brought together for an event and they realise there was more to their father than what they thought.
The cinematography of the film as a whole worked exceptionally, and made me want to get on the next flight to Italy.
The film explores sexuality in a comedic way and it really makes the situation light hearted. The audience are made to understand situations and this is what makes it come together, it is so natural.
I love the fact that technology isn’t used as a character in the film, which is becoming ever so popular now a days. It really was a pleasure to enjoy the film as a narrative evolving around relationships and family as the central theme.
The film reminded me of the film Death At A Funeral, in the sense that the narrative reveals more to the life of a man that has passed away.
The film is subtitled in English, but even watching it Italian without would make sense as the acting is on key. The cast work really well together, and portray all the drama under the sun.
I would recommend this film if you are looking for a comedy to watch with friends and family. I cannot wait to see further work from the director Cristina Comencini.
The movie is your perfect "James Bond" film but made in Europe. If you love pretty, smart and tough girls, lots of action, fast European cars, bullets that never miss, millions of dollars, chases, expensive yachts, private jets, mysterious signs, a deep scars, handsome and intelligent men (well not all of them, but some are very good looking!) then this movie is definitely for you! There are bad guys, very bad guys, better guys and extremely bad girls: The latter will kill, burn and destroy everything you ask them to eliminate on your way to be a winner in the action game, no matter what the is the purpose. They kill out of revenge, they kill out of rage and they kill with no apparent reason. They break anything and everything: gates, windows, noses and laws.
The Transporter: Refueled is one movie created with one purpose: to entertain you and your friends and to make you feel good.
60 REASONS TO ‘MAKE A DATE’ WITH JIFF 2015 Proudly presenting 60 outstanding international premiere features and documentaries, the Jewish International Film Festival returns to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast and New Zealand from late October for its spectacular 2015 season!
Cementing its reputation for delivering stimulating and diverse cinema that engages audiences from within and beyond the Jewish community, Festival Director, Eddie Tamir, has selected a mesmerizing line-up, with every film and documentary an Australian premiere. Both a celebration and exploration of this gloriously, eclectic culture, the award-winning programme will showcase works from as far afield as Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Latvia, Romania, South Africa, United Kingdom and USA with a special emphasis on the foremost films to emerge from Israel in the past year.
2015 feature highlights include Son of Saul (screening courtesy of Sony Pictures), the acclaimed Hungarian drama, which is hotly tipped as a major 2016 Oscar contender. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, this remarkable piece of cinema follows a father’s quest for moral redemption amidst the horrors of Auschwitz. There’s Natalie Portman’s striking directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, based on the memoir of Israeli novelist and journalist, Amos Oz, whilst renowned Israeli director Shemi Zarhin’s unique tone of dramedy shines throughout The Kind Words, likely to be Israel’s 2016 Oscar entry and the most nominated film at this year’s Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars). Zarhin’s latest movie follows three siblings who, upon the death of their mother, embark on a life-changing journey into the past. And if you’re craving excitement, Fauda (Arabic for ‘chaos’), the cult Israeli TV series that depicts both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will draw audiences onto a tightrope of intrigue, drama and suspense.
Experimenter (screening courtesy of Rialto Pictures), starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder, revisits the controversial 1960s experiments of social psychologist, Stanley Milgram. Germany’s ‘grande dame’ of cinema, Hannelore Elsner, takes centre stage in To Life! as an aging cabaret singer whose unlikely bond with a dispirited, young man gives both new meaning. There’s also Labyrinth of Lies (Germany’s 2016 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film), a fact-based drama starring Alexander Fehling (Inglourious Basterds) as a principled young prosecutor in post-WW2 Frankfurt, intent on exposing the conspiracy of prominent institutions and officials who sought to hide the crimes of former Nazis.
Those seeking romance will savour the Canadian drama, Félix and Meira, which depicts an affair between two people who inhabit the same neighborhood yet reside within very different worlds. In the French smash hit, Serial (Bad) Weddings, a prosperous Catholic couple, with Jewish, Arab and Asian son-in-laws, are ‘momentarily’ delighted when their remaining daughter falls for a Catholic. Also from France is My Shortest Love Affair, which shows that trying to rekindle one’s first love is not always such a good idea.
And in keeping with its reputation for screening outstanding documentaries, JIFF 2015 has an utterly thrilling selection. A few samples include the critically feted Censored Voices, which reveals provocative and, until now, suppressed recordings of Israeli soldiers fresh from the battlefield of 1967’s Six-Day war. Latvia’s Beyond the Fear investigates the complex story of Yigal Amir, the assassin of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The utterly engrossing Seed of Life charts a bereaved mother’s quest to make her late son a father through the devoted assistance of a fertility doctor and a surrogate. Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa focuses on the famed lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter. And from Australia we have On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music, an uplifting musical odyssey that uncovers the hidden – and almost erased – story of Iraqi music as well as Pockets of Hope, a film about facing up to a difficult past, whilst creating a hopeful future, through the healing power of music.
The 2015 Jewish International Film Festival will screen as follows:
Holding The Man is a touching and dramatic story of two men in love. It all starts very romantically from the school years that the boys spent together. The story then progresses with the boys growing and the plot evolves into one not only social but personal dramas. The acting of all actors is beyond any expectations: I have to highlight not only absolutely brilliant performance of both boys but of their parents too who play so naturally and so organic that you are very close to believe that these are their real families and they are real people involved in these events . While observing the parents'reaction on the news of their boys revealing to them their sexual preferences I caught myself thinking: how one should react to such news? Do we all have to feel happy that people (our kids in particular) fall in love as it is rare these days to feel such genuine emotions. Do I have to tell people that such relationship are not normal, that the boys, they both have hormonal imbalance and that the future of such relationship is not necessarily very bright and promising? You only feel it when your close ones are in such situations and it is hard to imagine what parents go through after such discoveries: it is a tragedy in some religious families, it might be a more of a tragedy knowing what infidelity in such relationship can bring. It was very hard t observe how the world was disappearing for the boys, how when romantic side vanished the reality opened its ugly truth to them; how full of energy and life fit and beautiful bodies melt away in front of your eyes... It is a dreadful experience! How do they handle it and will the difficulties bring them close to each other? Are they going to realise and distinguish the right and the wrong? What Love can be?
I would recommend to watch the movie to all our readers and to young parents in particular: they have to learn themselves and educate themselves and their children before it will be too late. One good film can say it all!
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL 2015: 130 km to Heaven website review by Bryanna Reynolds
The short film 130km To Heaven is a relatable and inspiring journey about two young men following a dream. The film begins in a dark place of insecurities and abandonment from family and this is presented beautifully through the cinematography.
The audience are soon introduced to the over arching narrative about two young men chasing a job opportunity in a place far from home. Just like any journey they are victim to false promises and trust issues from the people they meet along the way.
The multi-talented Khaled Khella starred in, directed and was the DOP. This is noticeable throughout the film, as the love and dedication between these two friends melts together in harmony with the visual aspect the audience preview.
I think this film is relatable to anyone who has had a dream in life to be someone, and to achieve greatness.
Khaled Khella uses a range of techniques to convey the story including time lapses, but mostly still frame shots, which in a way works because it leaves the audience wondering emotionally what the outcome of their journey will be.
The key themes touched on are religion, which provides a philosophical debate for the audience to think about, whilst learning about the characters. The other two are travel and friendship, which go hand in hand.The film is subtitled in English and is easily understood. I would recommend this film for anyone who loves films about friendship and achievement, because it was a film about making dreams come true.
AICE ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2015: ROCK THE RED ZONE website RATE:9/10 review by Jennifer Zaman A documentary it is and yet it leaves you with such an impact that might linger on in your minds for days. It holds no characteristic of a conventional movie but it’s a must watch for people whose hearts are left with a little space for empathy. Directed by Los Angeles-based film maker Laura Bialis, who shared an emotional proximity with Israel right from her childhood shoots its major parts living in Sderot, a war-torn city of Israel.
The documentary narrates the plight of the Israelis living in and belonging to Sderot, initially a refugee town sheltering Jews from all over the world, but since the last fourteen years has been at the receiving end of Qassam and Hammas rockets day in day out. Sderot is a frontline border town not far from Gaza Strip; the shells fired from Gaza fall into it destroying life and property creating anarchy all year around. People live amidst fear for their lives and that of their loved ones, hiding in bomb-shelters once the red alarm resounds in the air. The red alarm is stimulated once a rocket (Qassam) is fired from across Gaza. In the underground bomb shelters, with the government-neglected town of Sderot struggling for a life of dignity and freedom from fear above, is produced extraordinary music which goes on to win the hearts of music lovers around the world. The music of Sderot depicts the heart-rending stories and scared memories of the natives who are way too much in love with the town to leave it and claim safety. The music pours out from wailing hearts carrying the lament of Israelis living in this unfortunate piece of land with no one sharing apathy with them.
This film has a calling, so strong, that barely anyone could be spared from making a silent prayer for those suffering from failed government actions and political nuisance. Made me cry throughout.
AICE ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2015: ALIZA website review by Alice Slamani
It took me some time to realise that Aliza was an actual documentary. It's not scripted, but flows like a docu-movie, and left me wondering how the perfect timing of conversations, interviews and scattered exerts of film strips ended up being so perfectly spoken, timed and delivered to the audience. I will admit, I was confused with its content. I found myself all over the place wondering, yet I couldn't turn away. The passionate language immersed me, and not speaking Hebrew bust simply reading the subtitles, I felt the emotions of those on screen. Time slipped by and I was left feeling like a better person that could understand the world in a brighter stronger way after watching Alize. It's not going to be for everyone, it's difficult to put into words, but slip away into this movie and learn about the complexities of on screen characters and how heavily their pseudo world impacts real life.
BETWEEN THE FROCK AND THE HARD PLACE website review by Bryanna Reynolds Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Roadshow Home Entertainment for the constant support of our publicity work and te opportunity to review the new release movies and DVDs
Between A Frock & A Hard Place (2015) is a documentary, behind the scenes look at The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994). It explores the movement in gay culture over the past 50 years, specifically in Australia.
The audience are taken on a journey with Stephan Elliot, the director of Priscilla, through his teenage years and explores the fear of homophobia. Elliot addresses this fear throughout the documentary and really brings to light the real life fear people were living with in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
“To be homosexual was illegal, you were an outcast” says Elliot.
It was at 13 years of age; Elliot’s parents divorced and he began to question everything. Over the next couple of years in Sydney the gay underworld began to grow.
Elliot explains it to be in likeness to a “Flame that drew exotic creatures into the light”.
The documentary explores the initial fear, society had towards Drag Queens. It is described by the cast of Priscilla in interviews with Hugo, Terence and Guy as not being Australia’s idea, of the typical 70’s man. But it was the reaction from their friends and fellow queens that made them the bravest men in Australia, and it was thanks to Priscilla they would later become an icon.
It is through the representation of the 80’s where a shift is introduced through Stephan Elliot’s, personal journey of working at The Albury in Sydney. At the time Sydney was described as being a gay bubble.
Stephan Elliot describes a time, in which he was out to dinner with his partner and a mother of two boys utterly humiliated him in public. It was the humiliation of not being able to fight back that launched Elliot’s first script for Priscilla, which he wrote within a couple of days.
The documentary takes the audience on a journey through the gay underworld of Oxford Street in Sydney right through to the change in Police involvement in the annual Mardi Gra parades, celebrating pride.
People forget that during this time in Australia, gay sex was still illegal in some parts of the country. This is juxtaposed with events in the film Priscilla and this documentary. It is still hard to believe that homosexuality was treated as a mental illness and would result in either treatment from a psychiatrist, aversion therapy or a lobotomy. People would risk loosing their friends, family, jobs, and homes and it would often result in violence.
The reason I love this documentary, is not because it is just a behind the scene’s look at the film Priscilla, but because it explores the evolution of gay culture and drag in Australia.
I think the documentary is really about the journey that Stephan Elliot has taken in his life. Being able to identify with the creator of Priscilla, it is easy to feel the pain and torture he would have had to overcome. Stephan Elliot is a true inspiration and if it wasn’t for him being able to transcribe the real life events of tragedy and inspiration into the film Priscilla, where would Australian cinema be and how would the drag and LGBTQI community be represented and accepted in mainstream media.
I expected the documentary to explore the glitz and glam life of drag, I was surprised though and realised how naïve I was. Kids born in the 90’s and now are extremely lucky and I feel I have taken this for granted. I am so grateful to the generation before me for speaking up and making it easier for people to express their sexuality and gender nowadays.
The harsh reality of growing up LGBTQI in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s is that it was a time of violence and death relating to homosexual bashings and murders. The documentary address’s the fear of being a homosexual in Sydney only a few years before the film Priscilla was released.
In the late 80’s rumours were that “society hate gays, cops hate gays, so we can hate gays”.
The reality of ‘poofter bashings’ as a form of initiation for homophobes often lead to murder along the popular cliffs and beach side’s of Sydney around Bondi.
The audience are introduced to a victim’s family, whose death was initially ruled as suicide off a cliff. It is terrifying to think that this was taking place not that long ago, thinking about it now, I am still fearful.
Terence Stamp, who plays transsexual Bernadette Bassanger, narrates the documentary beautifully. It provides a smooth narrative tone to the documentary, and really ties together the events that were happening in real life Sydney, and the film Priscilla from an actors’ perspective.
Visually the documentary focuses more so on interviews with leading actors from the film Priscilla but more so the icons that helped inspire Elliot in the first place, such as legendary drag queen, Cindy Pastel.
Actors Hugo Weaving, Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce provide a comforting conclusion to the violence felt by the LGBTQI community at the time. They share their fears with the audience for playing characters that were not mainstream and roles they were use too.
They recall the night they went out together for the first time dressed in drag. This provides an inside look into the comfort of being a part of the drag community. They loved that they could just have fun and no one knew who they were it was “ Incredibly liberating”.
One of the most interesting things to be shared by actor Terence Stamp was the fact he was incredibly frightened of his portrayal as transsexual Bernadette. Elliot did not allow him to see his character in a mirror or in the daily rushes. He came to a point where he had to perform at a bar in the country and once he had done the first number he became a different person.
“I just crossed a barrier, I’m not frightened anymore, I’m not frightened of anything”.
Again the actors lives are juxtaposed to the real life events that were unfolding in Sydney. Prejudice emerged and the liberating homosexual life people were able to live became prejudiced by people and horrible newspaper reports.
There is a beautiful anecdote by Cindy Pastel in which she describes the performance of drag as being like a performance for the troops. The LGBTQI community were facing HIV and their armour was sequins and strength.
“Fuck that, if I’m going to die, it’s going to be in a colourful streak”.
The documentary concludes with a recap of the past decade. In which we have seen the Police salute and join forces with the Mardi Gra celebrations, we even have politicians walking.
Elliot describes Priscilla as being “A film about a gay man coming out to his son, and he has spent his entire life working to that moment”.
I think this perfectly sums up the story being told in this documentary as well. It has been the coming of age story of director Stephan Elliot and the journey he has taken within the LGBTQI community. He is the one person tying it all together and thanks to Elliot there was a movement in Australia, and film culture. I hope that Elliot continues to share the journey and inspire other young people to explore issues that people fear due to society’s representations.
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE 2015: COURT 2015 website review by Dheepa D Awtani RATE: 9/10
A crystal clear view of the bureaucratic incompetency, fanciful-entertaining-delayed adjudications & opinions, wisdom taken wrong & nil impetus to usher betterment in the society (contrasting the very inception of judicial system) , Chaitanya Tamhane deserves a wild applaud for his first fabulous feature film.
Australian Premier: Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2015 Director: Chaitanya Tamhane Cast: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi, Shirish Pawar Genre: Dramedy (Drama and Comedy) Languages:Marathi | Gujarati | Hindi |and English with s/t Runtime: 116 min.
Slapstick, silently devastating and absurd, slice of life yet entertaining- Court is full of substance and its tasteful take on direction and life would make you keep watching it till the end. No melodrama, action, romance, obsceneness, twist or turns, just minimal background score and mind-blowing screenplay & acting- it has already been awarded several national and international accolades for its pure & simple story with an eye opening message. Remarkably, Court is the first feature written and directed by Chaitanya Tamhane, it just affirms that he has lots more sophisticated artistry & experience to showcase as a filmmaker and we are definitely waiting for his future films. His venture kind of shows us a mirror and mind you, you will have a mirthful smirk & laugh at first but sheer embarrassment later at the cynical look of yours. You would think of a courtroom being articulate in their sessions; jury being well polished, concerned and intriguing as people’s fate are decided in that square piece of land. Well…you are correct in your imagination as this all looks only real in our heads. Court shows the reality in acerbic yet with a can’t-do-much attitude: the lawyers are not good orators, the documents are misplaced, racist influence on the prosecution, judge convicts people with bogus charges, and the arguments are technical and redundant and makes you feel amused by the setting, which is yet another day in the venal institutional & judicial world.
Court actually personates the eponymous dialogue by actor Sunny Deol “Tareekh pe tareekh, tareekh pe tareekh” (date after date the case is being deferred to) from the famous Bollywood movie ‘Damini’. Here is how the movie unfolds: Narayan Kamble (Vira Sathidar)A Dalit activist-poet-folklore singer is held ‘responsible’ for the ‘suicide’ of sewage cleaner, arresting him on the grounds of abetment of suicide and is now undergoing judicial remand and hearings. Kamble had performed one of his songs near the deceased’s locality just two days before the body was discovered underground, and prosecutor Nutan (Geetanjali Kulkarni) presents a case where it is outlined that it is Narayan’s song at that performance which instigated impoverished workers to shed light upon injustice by eradicating themselves from the society by committing suicide. The trial continues in multiple sessions showcasing no urgency or need to establish justice in proper time. Kamble’s defense attorney, Vinay Vora (Vivek Gomber), with all his reattempts almost proves that the death in question was not a suicide but an accident, highlighting the investigating officer & witnesses as incompetent in his perseverance. Prosecutor Nutan who comes from a lower-middle class section should rather have been more empathetic to the case as her personality shown clearly can relate to the situations of these workers and she herself at one point understands that it was an accident but she rather wants to win and get over the case, even if that calls for Narayan getting a 20 year jail sentence.
Vindication is far off the horizon. In fact, the witnesses are probed and led into giving the desired answer rather than them stating actually what they want to, leading to the accused being royally faulted. The beauty of the movie is the brutal contrast portrayed: Vinayak hails from a rich family, is well educated, well responsive and behaved, even when he would talk to people below-the-poverty line, drives a car and even pays off Narayan’s huge bail amount just to seek justice (even though delayed); while Nutan comes from a lower section, travels via public transport and still shows not even an iota of understanding in this entire situation- such a snide reality. The only thing that could have added more beauty to the movie if the cynical/racist remarks would have been more clear rather than indication which would have made the plea for democracy shining out to the Western eyes.
Funny bit, when you think the movie is about to end, authorities simply find a new reason to arrest Kamble and start the process again. I personally loved the entire filmmaking- it actually makes you feel that you are there, performing jury duty.Kudos to the fine & professional ensemble of cast offered; the stark, fixed angles and on-time focus on each of the characters; not to forget the strong lyrical folk lore, so deep and intense yet jolly-I am still laughing at a few stanzas.
Whether a cinephile or not, it is a must watch. Brilliant!
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy website Review by Dheepa D Awtani RATE: 6.5/10
Set up in a gorgeously rendered 1940s-Calcutta atmosphere,
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! promises to take us on a self- indulgent whodunnit
thriller but the ! turns into ? sooner as the movie is overlong and lacks the
usual Bollywood song romance and twist drama feel.
Directed by the much-lauded National film award-winner
Dibakar Banerjee: Circa November 1942, the adventure begins where the story
intertwines the episodes of opium smuggling & gangster scare, Japanese
ruling and fight for freedom in war-torn Calcutta.Japanese and Chinese agents and
smugglers were engaged in furtive & selfish activities to detach the city
from British control to get traction in the Indian and Burmese markets.
Amidst the tirless and proxy war in the state, introducing
our smart & desi hero Byomkesh Bakshy (Sushant Singh Rajput): who has got a shrewd & raw mind like
that of Sherlock Holmes. He is
socially-awkward youngster, but believes that he has great analytical mind
which is just waiting for a venture to be unfolded to make him a star detective.
Tada! He is blessed by the approach of Ajit Bandopadhyay (Anand Tiwari), who is
searching for his missing father Bhuvan.
Before we look
into what the movie has got for us, the notable highlights & applaud
winning positives were: The attention to detail is obvious in almost every
frame of the film of this pre-independence Calcutta set up. From the right
clothes to correct signboards, every detail has been so meticulously imagined,
planned & executed you actually feel that you are in the mystical culture
melting frame. The diffused lights & the darkness in which the film has
been shot give you the chills of questioning your existence in the war &
scheming filled state. The entire cast has done justice to the noir crime
action feel of the movie giving impetus to the way the story is meant to
unravel.This film will take the enigma around the popular Bengali sleuth many
notches higher! Sushant Singh commands as Bakshy! And particularly striking is femme
fatale Anguri (Swastika Mukherjee) and the way her beauty has been harnessed
with the use of glowing shafts of lights makes her opaque, exotic &
bedazzling as a shining butter paper. The cinematography is completely &
mind-blowingly intoxicating: the darkness always smolders; right amount of glow
across characters’ faces; curlicues of smoke rise from cigarettes and much
Comign back to the reel, when Byomkesh Bakshy’s sleuth mind
gets searching, he lands up discovering that Bhuvan had not gone missing, but
had been ruthlessly murdered. His journey is now flipped to rather find the
killers of Bhuvan & bring in justice for son Ajit. As and when the case
progresses, he keeps on meeting various characters, at one point he thinks he
has solved the case only to find out he was being misguided by one of his own
accomplice and restarts the case with further more ado. More twists and turns keep spiraling in the
film, which also includes merciless murders at regular intervals. In this
tumultuous search, glamour is brought in with a very seductive Devi/ Anguri (Swastika
Mukherjee) who obviously is on the sides of the gangsters(psst..poor Bakshy
doesn’t know this…ahem! Well everything is fair rather blind in love and war)
and tries her level best to seduce him to blur his focus on the important
points of the case. Amidst all this, bloodshed and violence, Byomkesh Bakshy,
suddenly, gets his hands on a crucially mysterious map. What is the mystery of
the map, does Byomkesh Bakshy become successful in nabbing the culprit of
Bhuvan, the reason behind his assassination and also the culprit behind the
series of murders and the reason for their murders is what forms the rest of
However, the pro-longed concept of showing pre-independence,
violence and the darkness associated at times makes the attempt a lackluster
one. The movie should have been truncated as it gets overtly stretched and
looses the audience participation and becomes a whocares! from a whodunnit?
Going to a theater for 2+hours and not having a song dance drama episode
doesn’t go down well with masses and makes it likeable only among a selected
group loving the ‘period’ genre films. This indeed outlines that Dibakar took a
very courageous and ambitious project with a prepared outcome.
Verdict: This movie would have been an excellent literary
piece and a smashing hit among avid novel readers. As a no-song, no-typical
Bollywood drama, dark thriller it would get a thumbs up by you if you are a fan
of ‘period crime fiction’ genre movie. Definitely worth a shot to appreciate
the aesthetics of the movie.
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE: NH10 website review by Jennifer Zaman RATE: 7/10
An Indian crime-thriller co-produced by the lead actor (Anushka Sharma) herself. “NH10” refers to the National Highway running from Delhi across the metropolitan Gurgaon and further into the lawless lands of Haryana. A young urban couple on their weekend get-away to a private resort takes, a rather meaningless, detour that endangers their lives leaving them with no other alternative other than to flee or fight. The story easily draws similarities from many a movie based on road trips gone wrong and the protagonists braving their way towards chance survivals. Nevertheless, the inclusion of an incident related to “honour killing” (an ugly truth) in North Indian gives this one a fresh take.
Meera (played by Anushka) and Arjun (played by Neil Bhoopalam) decide to celebrate Meera’s birthday in a luxurious resort outside the city limits of Gurgaon. On their way, they get themselves entangled in an incident of “honour killing” which is widely prevalent in certain pockets of India; it’s another name for brutal and repent less murder of the couple, committed by their families, in case of inter-caste marriages. The harrowed scenes of torture and eventual murder of the young couple by the girl’s own brothers and uncle would make one shiver with fright at the utter display of barbarism. Since Meera and Arjun happen to witness the crime, the blood-thirsty hoodlums chase them with murderous intent. The major chunk of the movie revolves around this chase and run between the couple and these rustic locals. NH10 is high paced and thrilling; one needs to hold on fast to one’s heart lest it burst out with trepidation. The movie wears a thick blanket of tension and dread throughout with Meera struggling alone in that fateful night to access some help, since Arjun gets badly injured fighting one of the hoodlums. It comes out that even the local police vent the same hostility towards the couple in this lawless wild of Haryana where caste based violence is the order of the day. The story proves that the impetus for survival in humans in so intense that it can turn anyone into a savage, and the character of Meera played no exception. It is an unarmed and ordinary woman’s war against a misogynist cult and states vividly that it is sheer suicide to underestimate the sublime power of a woman.
Anushka Sharma’s work goes unquestioned; with her unsurpassed talent, it is only she who could have pulled such an unusual role with so much confidence and convincing-ness. And so did the rest of the cast. The movie is power-packed, racy and gory- so much that one dare not blink one’s eyes even for split second.
In spite of all the positives, the movie keeps one wondering what exactly is it trying to sketch- is it the everyday struggle of a woman in the male chauvinistic world? or does it deal with the subject of “honour killings”? or is it about women empowerment and/ or revenge? The movie gives a taste of all of these without holding a firm focus on any. A great watch for action-thriller lovers.
RICKI AND THE FLASH website RATE: 6.5/10 very grateful to Sony Pictures for this opportunity to preview the movie
The movie is about a rock musician, Linda or Ricki ( Meryl Streep) who changed her family life with a loving husband and three kids to be a musician. Ricki's rocky road made her broke and not as successful as she thought it would be perhaps. More to that her family does not recognise her not even as a mother but a close family member. She does not have a place there. It also seems that she did not create her new relationship in the finest way. Will she finally prove that she deserves to be accepted for who she is inside her old family or will she fail?
This is what Alex commented: Seemingly typical Hollywood drama with a taste of comedy, the film where everyone yells that America is the best country of the world really does not resonate in our souls and tastes more like an old chewing gum. More to that: it seems a bit cheap even for the ordinary viewer. Interesting and funny moments as well as Meryl Streep's excellent acting do not save the movie to be the one you will forget soon - actually the next day. There is nothing new, nothing to think and nothing to talk about. Hollywood sweet ending when everyone unites hugs and kisses - is a classical to finish this parade of luxurious houses, dirty hotels and people dancing in the pubs.
This is what I commented: I believe many girls of 30-40 and 50s will find this feel-good movie very entertaining for apparent reasons: good movies simply vanished from the screens and there is only one Woody Allen for all of us and he can only make one movie per year.
We loved the vanilla ice cream for the advance screening guests- it made Ricki and The Flash even sweeter.
PLAY IT SAFE website very grateful to Ned and Con and to Annette Smith personally for this opportunity
We are all actors in this life and the majority of us try to play these roles in a safe way: - in relationship we try to be loving and compassionate, caring and understanding - in family we obey what the parents say to us and follow their advises. we play it safe to make them happy - at work we play the role of good and devoted employees who follow the rules and avoid conflict situations. - with the others we also play it safe: trying to keep the friendship we are polite to our friends; we are those who rarely say something to hurt them - to play safe we even learn to think safe thoughts so we are innocent in front of god's eyes
But what about our inner truth? When we are in relationship are we ourselves or do we try to accommodate the others? In the family: are we choosing the right path to be who we want to be? At work: do we always play the safe rules or do we try something innovative we know the boss will never like but you know this is right for the business? In friendship do we always say the truth to each other? When are we ourselves? When are we true to ourselves? When the real YOU shows up? It would be perfect if we would be together with the person we love, if we can express ourselves at work and do what we like at work and it would be amazing if our parents' ambitions about us would match our ambitions about ourselves. But in many situations we find compromises to be in balance and something between "playing it safe" and creating.
I loved the music in this gentle and real movie. When you go to watch the film expect something different. The movie is excellent to watch for all creative young people who try to find their true path in life in the most human way.
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL: I AM NOT A HE, BUT SHE website RATE: 7/10 review by Jen Zaman
Naanu Avanalla... Avalu (I am not he...she) – Review 7/10
Since time immemorial, our society witnessed a vendetta between the two genders- male and female; however in midst of this feud something got disregarded- the third gender, usually known as the transgender.“Naanu Avanalla...”narrates the plight of this left-out gender when one is born that way. It is a Kannada movie (from the State of Karnataka, India) based on the exemplary life of Vidya, a south-Indian transgender (played by Sanchari Vijay) as depicted in her auto-biography“I am Vidya”.
Madesha (the birth-name of Vidya) lives in rural Karnataka with his parents and elder sister. He is mocked at by all his classmates for his feminine ways of walking which makes him depressed, and yet there is little he can do about it. He grows up aspiring to be like his sister someday; wear her clothes, accessories and groom up as a girl. Madesha realises it quite early that his aspirations are unlike the norms the society, they lived in, had set. He lives a life full of confusion and dejection which makes him leave his village for the city. This new place gives him his new identity “Vidya” allowing him to shed his old masculine skin and wear a new feminine one. Until now, Madesha felt like a woman trapped in a man’s body facing the turmoil of a blurred identity, and wanting to get rid of his maleness. But this transition does not come without a cost. The movie goes on to unravel the much turmoil and trauma Madesha’s future had in store for him/her, something which he could never have anticipated.
The movie portrays the consequences of social exclusion faced by the transgender communities and how this ostracism spares them no option other than to work as prostitutes for a living. It is a story of extraordinary courage, perseverance and resilience. It describes the long traumatic journey of declaration and claiming of an identity, a yearning for acceptance and freedom from humiliation.
Director BS Lingadevaru is known to have traveled far and wide, in search of transgender localities, in a bid to make the movie looks realistic. His hard work does show up throughout the movie giving it the aura it needed for a superb creation.
It is no wonder that the protagonist Sanchari Vijay won the “Best Actor Award” at the 62nd National Awards, India for his role in “Naanu Avanalla...”
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL: GHADI - THE BEST MOVIE OF THE MONTH website RATE: 10/10
Ghadi is one extraordinary movie that you will love and remember. It is so French in the way it is made - you will be thinking about some good French comedies while watching this film: it is the way to offer some unusual solutions to the issues that could only be solved this way: with the light and good sense of humor.
When the movie starts you will be not sure where it will lead you to: it starts in a strange way; the visit to the past (when the student meets his old teacher to ask him life depending questions and to say thank you for what the teacher has done for him) - at that exact moment the film takes off on a different level and unfolds its rare beauty in all its power. What stroke us the most was the moment the music teacher advises his student to accept everything god offer to him with open hearts: even a sick child, to name him before he is born and to start loving him already... and how this life loving person's advice changes not only the life of his student, who also became a music teacher following the steps of his master, but the habits of the entire neighborhood it is hard to believe but we do not have to believe.... or as the song says: when we start believing in miracle the miracle does not have any other choice but to eventuate.
Take the miracle away from the person and the emptiness, the void in his heart will be like the end of the road - no where to go, nothing to dream of...
We highly recommend all our readers to watch this movie as it is a blessing to the soul not only a good story!
ARAB FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2015: MAN IN THE MIRROR SHORT FILM website
"People think they know me, but they don't. Not really. Actually, I am one of the loneliest people on this earth. I cry sometimes, because it hurts. It does. To be honest, I guess you could say that it hurts to be me." It is a story about a mini-celebrity: Abbas Sharhani, an Iranian refugee who after discovering he looks like Michael Jackson started round the clock training of MJ moves and became famous and it is not only because Ali Mousawi who decided to film Abbas' story. You will not only love the story but you will hear the voice of the soul behind the MJs looks. Brilliant seven minutes story that tells you a life of one talented man and very enjoyable to watch!
This is a funny movie so be prepared for some giggles. The movie is based on the book A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson and I heard it is one extraordinary book. There is one quotation from the film that we loved: "Books... they are like TV for smart people.." I will publish some more quotes later
The camera work is brilliant: the landscapes are so spectacular you simply feel like star walking down the same path with the two old and funny guys.
The actors are a real bliss: Robert Redford is named first on my list.
It is a comedy about serious things: life challenges and your life path in general. You will have a real pleasure watching it especially if you love hiking in nature; you will feel relaxed and you will love your time spent at the movies. But from the other side this movie is so filling; it is getting into your hidden soul places and fills you up. It is full of deep messages and inspiration. There are many new thoughts, idea and images that you will find can change your life style. You can watch the characters growing from one episode to the other till they both part and go back home. The dynamic of the movie is quite good.
There is only one small hiccup that we both noticed: the movie is very fragmented. One minute the actors talk at one place and suddenly they appear in some other location unexpectedly.
It is extremely sad to watch how one culture is killing the other. The more sad part is that there is no solution to this situation. The symbolic messages are very strong in this movie. As an example: it starts with a wild kangaroo, trapped inside the fence being surrounded by dogs and later killed, cooked in the fire and chopped in pieces by the people. The aboriginal culture and traditions are vanishing and people are getting trapped inside a s culture that is strange to them a similar way.
We build national parks to keep the wild animals safe and secure. They live their own lives there, no one disturbs them. Some groups of people are treated in the worse way than we treat our animals. Can they be left as they are? Don't they deserve what they get by their universal laws and rights? The result of someone trying to project their culture's rules and dominate the others is always the same: no one gains anything a[art from power of authority and the opportunity to control more and more. It is complicated already as the process has been started already: these people can not go back to their original way of life anymore nor they can adapt to the new way of life.
The boredom flourishes in this small town , Ramingining located 400 km away from civilization. The only message you hear: "Leave us alone..." there are still traditions in art, knowledge, music and dancing passed from one generation to another but this is so little left as the new generation has its own influences from the modern culture now. It is sad, sad, sad to see how something is dying in front of your eyes. But should I add that there is a very light and fine humor behind the messages and you watch it as a tale of the man who sees more than we all see.
There is also a very strong message about waste. Aboriginal culture never has any waste: what was taken from the land would always come back to the land. The things were made the old way from what nature had to offer: it reminded me my grandma's country house as what surprised me there - there was no rubbish bins: no packaging, no plastic, just baskets made out of canes; all food scraps would go back to feed the domestic animals. the more we consume the more we rubbish our planet, the less we care about our land.
The movie strongly reminded us Charlie's Country movie and its ideas. It is done in a very original way. Just it is sad to watch it as the solution is not offered... May be there is no solution?.. Shall we all talk about it a bit more? Shall it a not prohibited subject, then may be a wise solution of collaborating cultures can come and flourish?..
AICE ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2015: YONA website RATE: 9/10 review by Jennifer Zaman
An extra-ordinary film depicting the extra-ordinary life and work of an extra-ordinary person. “Yona” is a biopic based on the tales of Yona Wallach, a vivacious and celebrated poetess of Hebrew literature. Watching it is like riding in a roller-coaster of a genre of emotions; it holds an engrossing experience in itself.
Yona (played by the much talented Naomi Levov), an aspiring poet, with a troubled adolescence, cares nothing more than achieving fame in the world of Poetry. The movie dates back to a time when poetry was in much demand and considered worthwhile. It was indeed a great era during which literary geniuses were born and nurtured. Yona lives with her mother and sister in a village called Kefar Ono, Israel. The story begins when she somehow manages to get her poem published in the Tel Aviv Literary Journal in the 1960s and there would not be any looking back after that. She instantly climbs the ladder of success with publishing houses competing with each other to publish her work. This could hardly content Yona who yearned for more, pleasing her publishers with all she had. Yona gets into a relationship with one of her publisher friends Amos (Itamar Rothchild), a man with wife and a baby, who leaves her after a short stint to go and work in London. This desertion does not go well with her and torments her till many years to come. She gets into many more evanescent relationships with both men and women but marries none.
Yona’s success is also accompanied by her psychic conditions and hallucinations accentuated by her shrouded childhood memories and the longing for her father, who was killed in the Independence War in 1948. She voluntarily commits herself to Talbieh Mental Hospital and came to be classified as “Paranoid Schizophrenic”. The sympathetic Dr. Luria refrains from prescribing her any pill ignoring her continuous pleadings and inspires her to write more. However, in an attempt to understand the subconscious turmoil of Yona’s mind, Dr. Luria administers her special LSD pills which drive her crazy with more hallucinations and fits. There she falls for a Polish immigrant Tadeusz (Tom Hagi), with who she later moves in and gets impregnated. Her first book completes publication in the meantime and bounds her in happiness. The lust for fame brings back her erratic self and Yona estranges from Tadeusz and aborts his baby. Her life becomes a craft work of her devilish self and whimsical decisions. At the height of success, she also builds a tendency to succumb to criticisms. She proves to be a bad loser and attempts to commit suicide unable to accept negative critics for her second book. Submitting to the vicious cycle of life, she returns to the Talbieh Mental Hospital in a state of lunacy unable to compose poems no matter how hard she tried. With much endeavor, Yona begins her writing once again in the Talbieh. From there she comes out as a healed person, writing like there is no stop.
Yona works on to receive the Hebrew Prize and become a poetess unprecedented in the history of Israel. She dies in 1985 at the age of 41 due to breast cancer which she decided not to treat.
Yona Wallace was an exemplary woman who thought like a man and refused to consent to conventional ways of life. She took pleasure in blatantly defying the norms set in a male chauvinistic society and emerged as a deity of talent, beauty and motivation. Her wayward living set her apart and painted a personality unforeseen during that period. Her person can be deciphered from her own words (an excerpt from her diary) -“The inner self is made of the most delicate materials, the most torn materials, the most melting... I don’t want my personality to change. I am crude and wild and that is how I am...I, Yona, wanted to know everything. I wanted to be a complete person.”
“Yona” is a must-watch kind of movie; it is enriching and brings brilliance to the art of story-telling.
KILL ME THREE TIMES website RATE: 5.10 review by Jennifer Zaman Bohemian Rhapsody Club is extremely grateful to eOne Home Entertainment and Laura Kongvongsa-Patel personally for supporting our editorial and advertising work What a wonderful talent and the picturesque natural beauty of Western Australia! But I should say: the trailer hold promises of a comedy thriller but honestly speaking I was a bit disappointed. The story spins around a planned murder of a hotel owner’s wife Alice (Alice Braga), however, with all the interesting-looking plot and twists, the murder fails and instead the plotter ends up getting killed.
Simon Pegg plays the ruthless and weirdly comic contract-killer Charlie Wolfe who can talk over the phone with one hand and kill someone point-blank with the other. The hotel owner Jack (Callan Mulvey), an overly jealous and abusive husband, hires Wolfe to kill his wife when he discovers her extra-marital affair with a local auto mechanic Dylan (Luke Hemsworth). In the course of action, Wolfe comes to face the fact that he is not the only one planning to murder her. Meanwhile, Jack’s avaricious sister Lucy (Teresa Palmer) and her feeble-minded dentist husband Nathan (Sullivan Stapleton), discreetly carry out the murder of Alice deployed to look like an accident. Lucy and Nathan chalked out an insurance scam making Alice’s murder a part of it with connivance with the dirty cop (Bryan Brown) whose vital interest lies in extorting money. The murder unfolds in three different chapters, all reclining into one as the movie goes further.
The latter half of the movie divulges the mysteries created in the previous flash-backs; Alice’s plan of eloping with Dylan after sacking her husband’s revolver and cash, the design of the murder executed by Lucy and Nathan and how Wolfe comes into the big gory picture. The whole chaos, fueled by too many episodic scenes and flash-backs, ends with Dylan killing Jack and Lucy, Wolfe murdering Nathan and the dirty cop, Alice killing Wolfe, all for no apparent reason (result of too many worked-up minds).
The movie leaves everyone wondering “what was it all about?” Simon Pegg’s variation in this role of a mused assassin fails to entertain the lot and seems like something very important was lost in the movie . There were way too many gruesome murders and criminal minds, which is not really a short-cut to successful movie-making. Was fun to watch but somehow purposeless. I must tell perhaps it was not my kind of movie at all.
We had a privilege today to be part of the first audience to watch the movie The Will To Fly about The Olympic Games aerial skiing champion Lydia Lassila; a beautifully crafted movie created by Leo Baker and Katie Bennie Bender. Please read our thoughts about the movie (we also hope you will love the movie after it is released on October 15 nationally in Australia)
This is what we usually do after we leave the theater: we talk about the movie. I ask Alex to reveal his three (four or five) thoughts depending on the movie. This is what we discussed tonight:
When you hear you will watch the documentary you usually go : eeehhhh... just another one and probably it will be boring again. This is what we thought. Not for a second this thought crossed our minds again after the first picture that we saw in this film. We could not breathe - literally. There was no air so intense this film was. I would say some fiction movies stay way below this story of one strong character: Lydua. The emotions were very close tot the Olympic Stadium emotions: she did it, she did not, she did again , she did not... We both were holding our hands - this is how we felt and how much we wanted this amazing girl to win on every page of her life.
The movie is created with such wonderful skill and attention: it keeps you always on the edge; it is like a spirit, mind and body game. It is so powerful with many strong messages behind the words: you should not look at your self in the past, you always should create Yourself as you visualise yourself in the future... and when the aim is so noble there is no boundaries.
There is the third thought: we could never imagine this sport is so sexy and so elegant! This was the first time the beauty of this sport was revealed to us - thank you Lydia and that you everyone who was part of this creation including Lydia's family!
KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA 2015: A HARD DAY ( 끝까지간다) Review by Dheepa D Awtani website Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to David Park and Korean Culture Organisation for the opportunity to review these movies
A well made action thriller with non-stop flashes of stone cold humor, unrelenting suspense and skull cracking chase between the hard luck cop and the invincible villain- keeps you at the edge of your seat until the end.
Director Kim Seong-hun offers a slick flick with on-target technical execution, narrative poise & arm rest gripping combat scenes.
Festival Dates: 12 August, 2015 – 27 September, 2015; Melbourne 3 – 10 Sep SYDN Sat 15th Aug, 6:45PM, BRIS Sun 30th Aug, 6:10PM MELB Sat 5th Sep, 7:15PM CANB Sun 6th Sep, 6:30PM PERT Sat 19th Sep, 4:45PM ADEL Sat 26th Sep, 4:45PM
Director: Kim Seong-hun. Cast: Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Jin-woong. Genre: Crime Action Thriller Runtime: 111 min. Korean w/English Subtitles Rate: 7.5/10.
A hit and run case or rather should we call it chase?
Homicide Detective Ko Gun-soo (Lee Sun-kyun) is having a hard day. Ko- a morally, personally & professionally compromised corrupt cop- you would say he kind of deserves it as it seems like the karma is just biting back. Enter : Park Chang-min (Cho Jin-woong) our over the top ruthless villain who epitomes Die Another Day and has no intentions of ceasing the pursuit of getting his mission accomplished using Ko as a catalyst. Despite Ko’s no remorse persona, director Kim encapsulates him as a hero and makes you bank for his win and yes, you would jump with joy when Ko stunts many times to get himself out from Park’s clutches.
The movie spins out with Ko recklessly driving to his work station midnight while being constantly bothered by his sister and teammates over the mobile phone. His mother has just died and the funeral is being organized by his family, he is hurriedly summoned by his chief & teammates as the internal affairs are raiding the office unveiling their collective racketeering and the stashes of bribe money. Amidst chaos hits despair which starts his hard journey. While speeding down pitch-black highway, he swerves to avoid hitting a dog and ends up running over a man. Braving the most conscience-pricking stare from his pooch witness, the corrupt cop actually intends to do the right thing by calling emergency services but a rather inopportune follow up phone call from his sister disrupts and diverts his decision. The sudden (& well calculated) sight of a nearby police van shakes Ko up and he hastily stashes the body in his car’s trunk and keeps going.
Hereby, the proverb ‘necessity is the mother of all inventions’ takes reel life.Ko then seeks forgiveness from his deceased mother as he disposes off the body in her casket (!!!, yes you read it right) and experiences his mind being rest in peace(in literal sense) as the casket is buried down under. Little did he know that with this novel stunt he has actually dug his own grave much deeper. A sudden order makes him & his teammates in charge of a case to find a much wanted murderer who is small time crook with underworld and drug racket connections. Introducing Lee Dwang Min —Tada! That’s the same guy whom Ko generously allowed to share space in his mother’s casket.Which means that almost every next second the bitter truth is about to be unveiled by his teammates as they try to decipher actionable intelligence. And Ko’s attempts to divert the team’s attention and contest their findings will only leave you with nail biting suspense yet laughter in splits.
Just when he thought it was all over, Ko gets a mysterious call from a person claiming that he was the sole witness to the crime, who now begins to blackmail him to get Lee’s body back.That stalker finally comes face to face with Ko as Park Chang-min (Cho Jin-woong) and ensues Ko with the formidable mission. While Park offers numerous gripping turning points, at one point you think get the end in quickly and let someone win once and for all, as the movie gives many finales obeying the thriller law of ending multiple times.
Though the cinematography is punctuated with adroit panning, treating us with breathtaking high-angle and flyover shots of chases and reckless yet perfect-to-the-feel driving sequences, it does a fantastic job at moving us along with Ko’s restless state of mind. The dramatic lens shifting & zolly superbly outlines the oppressively tight closeups of combat & nerve-racking situations against the most simplistic set ups that the film has been shot at. No fancy or special effects but pure mastery. My personal notable call out would be for the tussle in the toilet between Ko & Park, where the director has chosen to keep it realistic and eschews bloodshed- stomach churning ouch! Well, actually many times the chase translates into the one between Tom & Jerry, however a ferocious version where many times you would assume one has almost conquered another & Bamm! It restarts- Like a tap out between count 2 and 3.
Most loved part of A Hard day is the comic relief that keeps spiraling throughout the morbid scenarios. Social satire, political bites and surrealism which gives a rather acceptable shade to Ko’s quirky yet convoluted plans. His attempt to go from one room to another by jumping over the balconies; the key props in his endeavors were a toy soldier, shoe thread, bunch of yellow balloons and nailing the casket with his elbow. We actually might have done the same in haste though(just the elbow part)-keeping the reality absurd but very acceptable. Terminator like Tom and Mario like Jerry-a thorough hilarious, inventive & entertaining case s ‘A Hard day’ indeed.
Remarkably well constructed & written movie. Whether the finish is a happy dawn or a daunting dusk, it is certainly a worth a watch to find out.
CLOCKWORK DOLL DAHLIA RAVIKOVITCH - AICE ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2015 RATE: 6/10 website review by Jennifer Zaman Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Erin Jameson, Helen O'Malley and Jameson and Co Marketing and Publicity Team for the opportunity to review the AICE Israeli Film Festival movies
A documentary depicting the life and work of the great Hebrew poet of Israel, Dahlia Ravikovitch (1936-2005). The title “Clockwork Doll” has been adopted from one of her own poems bearing the same name published in 1961. The film stars the poet herself and all the people who were close to her during her doleful and melancholy lifetime. It bears testimonies from her ex-husbands, friends and colleagues who witnessed the trajectory of her life. Each of her poems is a clear and subtle description of her solitude and agony, and nakedly exposes her sensitive facet.
Dahlia was born in a suburb of Tel Aviv and, after her father’s death, was sent to live in a kibbutz (orphanage). This transition incubated the ever-lasting feelings of solitude and drove her suicidal, so much so that no matter how much one tried, it was impossible to bring her back to accept the facts of life. She married thrice and divorced, and yet found solace only when she bore a son during her third marriage. She shared a relationship of close proximity with her only son and derived divine happiness in his existence. This too was short lived, since after her divorce the custody of her son went to her last husband. Dahlia spent her whole life feeling forlorn and dejected, desiring to end her life time and again.
Despite her woebegone heart, she curved masterpieces out of it, putting them plainly in a language that no bard needs to fret about. All her poems revolved around the plight of her life and incidents that touched her. Her writings contributed to the enthusiastic readership in Israel and abroad and Dahlia emerged as one of the most brilliant and versatile Israeli poets. Apart from her artistry, this poet is also admired for her courage as a peace activist, fighting against Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian population in the occupied territories.
Dahlia Ravikovitch was the recipient of several awards, inclusive of the Israel Prize, considered the highest National award, in 1998. It was accepted on her behalf by her son Ido Kalir.
It is interesting that although Dahlia lived with a constant desire to kill herself, she died due to natural causes at her residence in 2005.
This film is rich in its content and is an honest attempt to eulogise the exemplary life and work of Dahlia Ravikovitch. Audiences must keep in mind that “Clockwork Doll” is a short documentary and bears no characteristic of a conventional movie.
PRINCESS - AICE ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL 2015 website review by Irina Ivanova
“Princess”, by Israeli director Tali Shalom-Ezer, is a complex emotional drama investigating unorthodox relationships within a family. It is a story of a 12-year-old girl Adar, living with her mother Alma and stepfather Michael, who seem to be very much in love. Willingly sharing Michael’s adoration of her mother, Adar fantasizes about romance and passion. Though soon the boundaries of normality begin to blur… The erotic scenes constantly occurring right in front of the girl’s eyes boil up the young imagination and thirst for the sexual experience. The adults openly demonstrate their affection and eventually involve Adar into their foreplay.
Since Alma spends lots of time at work, Adar does not get proper parental attention. For missing too many classes she’s going to be expelled from school, but neither Adar, nor her mother is bothered by this fact. The girl is left alone to decide for herself how to deal with her life. Wondering the streets she meets Alan, a homeless teenage boy, who amazingly looks exactly like her. Adar, attracted by his mysterious incomprehensible demeanour, swiftly makes friends with the boy and invites him to stay at their home. The lookalikes create a deep emotional bond embarking on the explorative journey of their sensuality and desire.
Meanwhile the unemployed Michael, Adar’s stepfather, spends all his time at home playing with the two “princes” – as he calls them both, hence the name of the movie, – and these games start to get overboard. The consequent events are full of ambiguity, erasing the boundaries between reality and play of imagination. Like a stream of reflections, the story flows through the inappropriate connections towards anger and frustration.
I must admit that this movie has left me in very disturbed thoughts stretching far beyond my comfort zone. Pedophilia is considered to be a psychiatric disorder, however the movie demonstrates that the line between harmless attraction and forced abuse is very narrow when triggered by the interest of prepubescent creatures. “Princess” is a valuable outlook on the teenage perception of relationships and sexuality. It is also a warning message for the parents that this age needs more attention and patience since there’s so much confusion in little heads that should not be left without adult’s educative direction. Although my overall impression of the movie was quite heavy, I really enjoyed the crafty operator’s work and delicate performances from the cast.
THE FAREWELL PARTY MITA TOVA, ISRAEL 2014 RATE: 9/10 DVD - kind courtesy of Lido Cinemas PR and Marketing team. website review by Julie Dargan
The Farewell Party is a movie that certainly moved me.
"Their bodies are old but they're still children inside.”
This resonated with me. Many elderly people are often ignored without any acknowledgement of having a vibrant mind and/or body and still have a lot to give to society.
This is a moving story, allowing the viewer to gain insight to the plight of the aged and terminally population.
Dying of cancer, Max wants to end his life by way of assistance (euthanasia), which is illegal in Israel, where the movie is set. Being legal in Switzerland, travelling there becomes an option but Max is too weak to make the trip. Hence enters Yehezkel who comes up with a plan to build a machine that would allow the patient to self-administer their own medication to thus end their life.
A controversial story, but one that needs to be told from the perspective of those suffering and from those left behind.
Funny at times, brilliant acting and a pleasure to feel connected with the characters and understand their pain and frustration.