Monday 20 May 2019 at 7.45 pm.

SHOPLIFTERS (15)

 

Japan 2018.  121 minutes.  In Japanese with English subtitles.

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.  Starring: Lily Franky and Mayu Matsuoka.

A warm and understated Japanese drama about a family who take in a small child they find left outside in the freezing cold.  Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets and tests the bonds that unite them.  In the hands of a different director, a plot like this could be the basis of a thriller, but the story feels more like that of a contemporary Dickens.  

 

 

Monday 24 June 2019 at 7.45 pm.

FACES, PLACES (12A)

 

France 2017.  89 minutes.  In French with English subtitles.

Directed by Agnes Varda and JR.

A beguiling French documentary created by veteran New Wave director Agnes Varda in collaboration with JR, a young photographer.  The two set off on a road trip across rural France, exploring villages and small towns and creating portraits of the people they meet on the way.  FACES, PLACES is a charming and life-affirming exploration of both the power of community and the inspiration that comes from the most cross-generational of friendships.

 

 

Monday 29 July 2019 at 7.45 pm.

THE GO-BETWEEN (12A)

 

 

UK 1971.  111 minutes.  In English with hard of hearing subtitles.

Directed by Joseph Losey.  Starring: Julie Christie, Alan Bates and Michael Redgrave.

A classic British drama scripted by Harold Pinter and based on the LP Hartley novel of the same name.  Norfolk 1900.  Leo is spending summer on the estate belonging to his friend Marcus’ wealthy family.  Leo develops a crush on Marcus’ sister, a beauty soon to be engaged to Hugh, a viscount and jolly good sort.  Marian makes a favourite of Leo and asks him to carry messages for her.  Elegant and stylish, this wonderful evocation of England before WWI was shot in Melton Constable Hall, Heydon and Norwich.

 

Monday 30 September 2019 at 7.45 pm

 

THE GUILTY (15)

 

 

Denmark 2018.  85 minutes.  In Danish with English subtitles.

Directed by Gustav Moller.  Starring Jakob Cedergren and Jessica Dinnage.

 

A taut Danish drama which takes one man, a dark room and a phone to create a cop thriller as gripping as any blockbuster.  Asger, a police-officer temporarily assigned to desk duties, takes an emergency call from a kidnapped woman.  When the police are slow to respond, Asger takes matters into his own hands.

 

 

Monday 28 October 2019 at 7.45 pm

 

WAJIB (15)

 

 

Palestine/France/Colombia/Germany/UAE/Qatar/Norway 2017.  96 minutes.  In Arabic with English subtitles.

 

Directed by Annemarie Jacir.  Starring Mohammad and Saleh Bacri.

 

An enjoyable Palestinian road movie set in Nazareth which interleaves simmering tension in the Israeli town with moments of terrific comedy.  A traditional father is reunited with his fiery, ex-pat son when the two are obliged to spend time together delivering family wedding invitations according to age-old tradition – the ‘wajib’ of the title, which loosely translates as ‘social duty’. With its rich sense of place and multidimensional characters, WAJIB is too seductive to resist.

 

 

 

Monday 25 November 2019 at 7.45 pm

 

THE HEDGEHOG (12)

 

 

France 2009.  100 minutes.  In French with English subtitles.

Directed by Mona Achache.  Starring Josiane Balasko and Garance Le Guillermic.

 

This French coming-of-age drama revolves around the lives of two residents of a Paris apartment block: precocious Paloma, an 11 year old bent on finding a way out of her cold bourgeois life, and unsociable concierge Renée.  Freely adapted from the international best-seller THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG, and starring Josiane Balasco, one of the most accomplished screen comediennes in France, THE HEDGEHOG is a sophisticated and touching comedy.