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Of wings and pillow talk

LOSING A PARENT is immensely painful. Losing a parent suddenly can knock not only the wind out of you, but also a whole lot of unresolved issues into the ether. And some of them you may not want to revisit. This is how Antoinette Beumer focuses her complex, […]

Evil giants; hapless mermaids

HOW DO YOU tell your beautiful little six-year-old daughter that she faces a sheer cliff in terms of how the year ahead may look for her health? Little girls are supposed to be thinking about unicorns and mermaids, dragon slayers and princesses, not about whether their arms and […]

How to look after a curmudgeon

RELATIONSHIPS ARE THE glue to life. And they’re the lubricant to most stories. The professional relationship between Aïssa (Déborah Lukumuena) and Georges (Gérard Depardieu) is central to Constance Meyer’s film Robust, which is widely punted as a tale of contrasts. It is available online and without cost, as […]

Death, be not precious

WHAT IF YOU knew that there was a special injunction among the dead that, like the living, they have nine months of a gestation period before they leave us forever? This is one of the premises of a curious Portuguese film entitled The Year of the Death of […]

Srebrenica: Lest we forget

WAR IS WELL-TRODDEN story-telling material. It’s about loyalties and politics, love and conflict. It’s about cruelty and kindness, territory and wealth. In short, it’s a microcosm of what makes society tick, ramped up to its most violent. Jasmila Zbanic’s film Quo Vadis, Aida? an extraordinary tale of a […]

Save the last dance for me

WHEN YOU ARE finished being a teenager, you may look back on those years with a curious mix of nostalgia, gentleness and maybe condemnation. Your sixteen-year old self was you, but unformed, less confident, more unaware. More physically perfect, but less able to know that. In thinking all […]

Ultimate betrayal

WHEN YOU ARE confronted with the idea of losing your person, you will turn into a demon if you have to. You will break heaven and earth with the hope that these combats may twist the path of the stars. Even if you know that you are just […]

Suffer the little high school children

“IF YOU WERE born in Morocco, but only lived there for two years, why do you still consider it your homeland?” This and other myriad, somewhat intrusive and philosophically complex questions put to adolescents are central to Maria Speth’s immersive documentary, Mr Bachmann and his Class, which will […]