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TrumanSunday 8th October 2017 First of the new season

Truman (2015; Spanish, subtitled)

Dir Cesc Gay (Spain/Argentina)

Rating: 89%

Comments: Difficult subject, well done; Excellent; Really enjoyed; Very good; Uplifting; Bit dreary but well made and acted.


 

PhoenixSunday 14th May 2017

Phoenix  Dir Christian Petzold (Germany/Poland) 2014

Rating 88.3%

Comments: Wow! Excellent; So stylish; Great ending: Excellent – brilliant ending; Fine story; Mysterious; Curious but good; Very good ending, much of the rest was unengaging.

Thanks to you all for a great 8th Season!!


Sunday 9th April 2017

Annual General Meeting

followed by the film:

TaxiTehranTaxi Tehran  Dir Jafar Panahi (Iran) 2015

Rating 83%

Comments: Brave film; Fascinating and depressing, but as a film a bit different; Clever film; Excellent brave film; Thought provoking; I hope he is not in prison, brave film.

Not our highest rating. The film was conspicuously lacking in production values, being shot on small cameras in a taxi. But it’s an important film, made by a director who was banned from film making by the regime. The characters in the film were passengers he picked up, and their combination of basic humanity along with resignation to the edicts of the authorities told a story that we need to hear, but are generally prevented from hearing. 


Difret

Sunday 12th March 2017

Difret  Dir Zeresenay Mehari (Ethiopia/USA) 2014

Rating 96%

Comments: More!; Shocking and realistic, but maybe not a big film; Great choice; Hard to watch but worth it; Very moving; Awesome; Excellent insight into a ‘Christian’ culture.


TestamentSunday 12th February 2017

Brand New Testament Dir Jaco Van Dormael (Belgium) 2015

Rating 94%.

Comments: Bizzare, crazy, fun; Delightfully wacky; Crazy but amusing; Wonderful; Women should rule; Best yet – why no Oscar?; Delightfully bonkers.

Once more we had spontaneous applause from the 63-strong audience. Very encouraging.


MustangSunday 8th January 2017

Mustang  Dir Deniz Gamze Erguven (France/Germany/Turkey)

Rating 93%

Comments: Triumph of the human spirit; Why was it called Mustang?; Different; What a performance by Lale; Scary; Lale wonderful; Music very good

Spontaneous applause followed this Oscar nominated film from Turkey about five spirited teenage girls’ coming of age in an oppressive society where marriage and “purity” are the only important considerations. Also a nice high attendance for this first film of 2017.


MarshlandSunday 11th December 2016

Marshland Dir Alberto Rodriguez (Spain)

Rating 79%

Comments: Atmospheric/authentic; Complicated; Stunning; Great cinematography; Dirty Harry; Not sure I understand it all; Loved it; Excellent; Clever take on cop thriller; An allegory of reconciliation in Spain; Too gratuitous; Loose ends; Too violent, though well made.


Tangerines

Sunday 13th November 2016

Tangerines Dir Zaza Urushadze (Estonia, Georgia)

Rating of 95%

Comments – Really good choice for 11 11; ***!!!; Should be compulsory viewing for all; Excellent and thought provoking; Great cinema; Very atmospheric; Devastating, the best and the worst of mankind; Excruciatingly real; Where did they get all the food? Another one on the futility of war, but still excellent.


LaFamilleBellierSunday 9th October 2016

La Famille Bélier Dir Eric Lartigau (France) 2014 French.

Rating of 91%. A great start to the season. Applause at the end – always nice.

Comments: Fantastic; More like that please; Great fun; Brilliant; Fab film to start the season; Best ever; Excellent, uplifting; More like that please; Just lovely; Charmingly ridiculous; Good photography and scenery; Ghastly.


TwoDaysSunday 08 May 2016

Two Days, One Night Dir JP and L Dardenne . (Belgium) 2014. 1hr 35 mins. French.

Overall rating 70%. Comments “Good analysis of someone recovering from a breakdown; Interesting but too French, went on and on; What a torture to watch such a situation; Slow but worth it; Hard subject;
Hope at the end; Interesting – many elements; A bit slow; Good acting but it could have been longer with more background; Depressing; Disappointing end to the season.”
A great central performance from Marion Cotillard, but really a bit slow and lacking in plot, resulting in something of an anti-climax to the year’s films. It’s been generally a very good year though, and we look forward to next year’s films starting in October.


Force_MajeurSunday 10 April 2016

Force Majeur Dir Ruben Ostlund . (Swedish) 2014. 2 hrs. Swedish.

Attendance 41, 33 members and 8 tickets. Rating 61%. One of our worst! Comments “Thought provoking; Weird; The reviews rated it far better than it was; Hope I don’t win it in next year’s AGM raffle (a topical comment, as the film followed this year’s AGM, where we raffled off the films we’ve shown since the last AGM. One more reason to be a member!) Irritating music; Worst film I’ve seen at the LFS”


IdaSunday 13 March 2016 7:30 PM

Ida Dir Pawel Pawlikowski. (Polish) 2013. 1hr 22 mins. Polish.

Attendance 56, 37 members and 19 tickets. Rating 96%. Comments: Very moving portrayal of that period after the war; Breathtakingly beautiful and sad; Great story, hopeless ending; Must have been a bad year for the BAFTA, Oscar.


Women_6thSunday 14 February 2016 7:30 PM

The Women on the 6th Floor Dir Philippe Le Guay . (France) 2010. 1hrs 42 mins. French.

Good attendance and very well received. Quite a few laughs from the audience, and applause at the end. 33 members and 21 tickets. Comments: Uplifting; Delightful; Brilliant; Ab fab; More please; Vive l’amour; Very entertaining; Very French; Tres bien.


RocketSunday 10 January 2016 7:30 PM

The Rocket Dir Kim Mordaunt . (Laos/Australia) 2013. 1hr 36mins . Lao.

Not terrific attendance but most of those who came enjoyed it. 30 members + 4 tickets. Rating 91% Comments: Amazing story writing – so real; Very touching; Sweet film; A few scary moments but very good, thank you; Boring


Ex_MachinaSunday 13 December 2015 7:30 PM

Ex-Machina Dir Alex Garland. (UK) 2015. 1hr 48mins. English.

A terrific film, made all the more fascinating by the talk from Ben Salisbury one of the two composers of the score. The film is effectively a three-hander – with the music being the “fourth character”. Long slow shots held together and given mood by the sound track. The film left more questions than it answered. Did the characters intend their fate? What would happen next? Will Alicia Vikander get the Golden Globe, and maybe more? We had 49 attendees, 37 members and 12 tickets. 20 slips returned with a rating of 89%. Comments: “Enthralling; Would not have picked a movie of this type – really enjoyed; Loved having the composer, the soundtrack was the 4th character; Very intelligent; AI is not possible in this world; Pity about the synch going wrong; Didn’t really get it; Intricate; Fascinating – great music; Too slow; Very unusual.” The comment about the synch referred to an unfortunate glitch in the Blu-Ray player which put the sound about 1/5 second early on the picture from the start of chapter 10 of the disc. Frustrating!


 RocketSunday 10 January 2016 7:30 PM

The Rocket Dir Kim Mordaunt . (Laos/Australia) 2013. 1hr 36mins . Lao.

Not terrific attendance but most of those who came enjoyed it. 30 members + 4 tickets. Rating 91% Comments: Amazing story writing – so real; Very touching; Sweet film; A few scary moments but very good, thank you; Boring


TimbuktuTimbuktu Dir Abderrahmane Sissako . (France/Mauritania) 2015. 1hr 37mins. French/Arabic . Shown 8/11/2015

A very different film this month. The all-pervading and ever tightening effects of living, or trying to live, in a jihadi-dominated area, where the local interpretation of Sharia law is administered via the barrel of a gun.
46 attendees. 32 members and 14 tickets. 22 slips returned (thank you). Rating 90%. Comments: “Grim but punchy; Harrowing; Tragic; Beyond words; Harrowing but achingly beautiful; Captivating and scary; Football scene very good”


Wild_talesWild Tales Dir Damian Szifron . (Argentina) 2014. 2hr 2mins. Spanish. Shown 11/10/2015

From the short – but sharp – intro right to the end this set of four short tales of personal battles, revenge, and their consequences kept a large audience laughing, and occasionally gasping, throughout. A great kickoff to the season.
Score of 92%. 47 members, 22 tickets on the door
Comments: Very funny; very clever and entertaining; amusing; more please!; harrowingly excellent; genius; terrific.


 hedgehogThe Hedgehog Dir Mona Achache. (France) 2011. 1hr 40 mins. French. Cert 12 Shown: 10/05/2015

Inspired by the book “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” (Muriel Barbery), this touching film has us looking through the eyes of the lonely precocious 11 year old Paloma. Whilst making a documentary of the hypocritical world of the privileged haut-bourgeoisie in the smart Parisian apartment block where she lives, she befriends the concierge, who has an equally sour outlook on life. As friendship grows, they discover that change is always possible, and it’s never too late to embrace love or life.


ComeAsYouAreCome as You Are Dir Geoffrey Enthoven. (Belgium) 2011. 1 hr 55 mins. Flemish. Cert 15 Shown: 12/04/2015

Under the guise of a wine tour, three twenty year olds set out on a road trip to Spain, in search of independence and their first sexual experience. Nothing will stop them – not even their handicaps. “Warmly humorous, thoroughly uplifting, this tale of triumph of human spirit over disability is a true treat, making it a worthy companion to Untouchable” (Dave Aldridge, Radio Times). Won Peoples Choice Best European Film at the EFA 2012


hijacking_1A Hijacking Dir Tobias Lindholm. (Denmark) 2012. 1hr 43 mins. Danish. Cert 15 Shown: 08/03/2015

Lindholm (The Hunt) has created a tense drama with this skillful rendering of the complex chess game of hostage negotiation in the Indian Ocean. A past master in high stakes drama, having scripted numerous episodes of the TV series Borgen, his scrupulous attention to the nuts and bolts of the situation provides gripping viewing


PastThe Past Dir Asghar Farhadi. (France) 2013. 2hrs 10 mins. French/Farsi. Cert 12A Shown: 08/02/2015

Attendance 57. 42 Members and 15 tickets. Rating 83%. Comments: Fab acting, good but bleak; Excellent; Brilliant; Terrific; Quite long, good acting; Well done but bleak; Bit too long, great performance; bleak; On the slow side; A barrel of laughs again!; Can we have a funny one next please?


blancanievesBlancanieves Dir Pablo Berger. (Spain) 2012. 1hr 44mins. Silent. Monochrome. Cert 12A Shown: 11/01/2015

49 members plus 13 tickets on the door. Rating 91% (25 rated A, 13 rated B). Comments” Stunning; great close-up shots; enchanting; enjoyed it much; macabre; very dramatic, excellent music; great fun – very different; weird but utterly compelling; the old ones are the best; enjoyable at panto level”. This Spanish black and white silent film was very Spanish, and very black and white, using the medium to be almost surreal in places. The wicked stepmother was fabulously vain and wicked. Snow White was wonderfully beautiful and innocent.


lunchbox Dir Ritesh Batra. (India) 2013. 1hr 44mins. Hindi. Cert PG Shown: 14/12/2014

A mistaken delivery leads to a touching correspondence and unexpected friendship in this charming film. 45 members and 26 tickets. The evening was enhanced by the mulled wine. Comments “Charming; Interesting to see that the Koula Cafe exists; delightful film; Just like Brief Encounter; Beautiful; Another good insight into a different culture”


MetromanillaMetro Manila Dir Sean Ellis. (UK/Philippines) 2013. 1hr 55 mins. Tagalog. Cert 15 Shown: 09/11/2014

Attendance 59. Overall rating of 95% Comments: Brilliant; Depressing; Overwhelming: Shocking but excellent; Not too kitsch like last time; Tense, tragic, what an ending!; Harrowing but excellent; Very clever, but tragic story. Hard-hitting and moving, amazingly acted, beautifully shot. We were very fortunate to have Dave Pen who performed the final song on the film. Dave introduced the film and talked about the music sound track, which was excellent – haunting without being syrupy


PopulairePopulaire Dir Regis Roinsard. (French) 2012. 1hr 51 mins. French. Cert 12 Shown: 12/10/2014

What fun! Beautifully shot and acted with just enough French 50’s to keep you smiling. The eponymous Populaire turned out to be a typewriter, at the hands of our unlikely heroine in an international battle to be the fastest typist, with a romance thrown in for good measure. A nice meringue to start the season. Attendance 53 including 43 members. Rating 94%. Comments: Insane but brilliant; Sweet, good to see 50s style; Delightfully daft; Enjoyable candy floss; Fabuleux; Great to have a cheerful film; Fabulous vintage fun; Brilliant; Great fun; Uniquely French


Superclasico_138x92Superclasico – MEMBERS ONLY PRE-SEASON SCREENING Dir Ole Christian Madsen . (Danish) 2011. 1hr 39 mins. Danish. Shown: 28/09/2014

Attendance 35 for this Members only special in the Malt Hall. Rating of 96% – not bad! Comments include: Funny and correct ending; Great sound; Sweet and sad; Good story and cast; Very enjoyable; Very amusing; A thoughtful comedy; Excellent sound and visual quality; Very funny, clever entertainment.


HouseIn the House Dir Francois Ozon . (France) 2012. 1hr 45mins. French. Shown: 11/05/2014

Attendance 61 including 39 members. Score 83%. Very varied comments. “Brilliant film”, “Drole”, Intriguing”, Clever plot”, through “Well made but irritating” to “Tedious” and “Disturbing”. A strong end to a good season.


HuntThe Hunt Dir Thomas Vinterberg . (Denmark) 2012. 1hr 55mins. Danish. Shown: 13/04/2014

Attendance 34, including 29 members. Score 88%. Comments from “Absolutely brilliant”, “Good acting” to “Hackneyed theme”, “Another depressive Scandi-drama”


WadjaWadjda Dir Haifaa Al-Mansour . (Saudi Arabia) 2012. 1hr 38mins. Arabic. Shown: 09/03/2014

Comments: A lovely film; Very Sensitive and Informative; Vivid and Worthy; Great choice, fascinating insights. Attendance 53 (including 35 members) Rating 92%


I_wishI Wish Dir Hirokazu Koreeda . (Japan) 2011. 2hrs 8mins. Japanese. Shown: 09/02/2014

With the lowest rating so far this year, this film definitely divided the ranks. Was it a sweet tale of a little boy hoping for a minor miracle to help with his family’s very real problems, or was just too slow moving to keep us involved? Positive comments “Delightful, will keep me smiling for days; very sweet and heart warming; fascinating insight into Japan; beautiful photography” Negative comments “Too long and slow, I wish it had ended sooner! Score 66%


Rust&BoneRust and Bone Dir Jacques Audiard . (France) 2012. 2hrs. French. Shown: 12/01/2014

The lives of a struggling single father and a renowned whale trainer who suffers a horrific accident become entwined as a deep bond forms between them. Positive comments: “Well acted”.”Impressive CGI, she really didn’t seem to have any legs” Negative comments: “Difficult to feel sympathy for main character.” “Good, but not my cup of tea.” “Too many cliches, but at least he didn’t join the foreign legion.” Score 72%


NONo Dir Pablo Larrain . (Chile) 2012. 1hr 58mins. Spanish. Shown: 08/12/2013

Gripping historical dramatisation of Chile’s “Berlin Wall” moment – an ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum. Oscar nomination 2013. 37 members plus 22 paying guests. Positive comments “Brilliant, fascinating,very effective way of approaching subject, what do we make of freedom” Negative comments “Subtitles (at times too fast, too long, poorly translated), slow/not very gripping, quite boring”. Score 82%


LoreLore Dir Cate Shortland. (Australia/Germany) 2012. 1hr 49mins. German. Shown: 10/11/2013

A fascinating insight into the social breakdown of Germany at the end of WWII, as children of Nazi parents struggle to cross a country that has turned against them. It was followed by a fascinating Questions and Answers session with screenwriter Robin Mukherjee. Comments “Spellbinding, Wonderful evening, Fascinating insights, Great to meet screenwriter, Could have heard a pin drop, Unusual subject very welcome, Excellent Q and A – more please!” Score 88%


LahzarM Lazhar Dir Philippe Falardeau. (French) 2011. Shown: 13/10/2013

51 members and non-members attended this “Simple quiet start for this year’s programme”. “Very moving” Beautifully acted” “Loved music”…


The Kid with a Bike Shown: 19/05/2013

Fine acting but a somewhat tired plot. The film went down well but it couldn’t come up to the previous one. Score: 80%


Untouchable Shown: 14/04/2013

A fabulous film, played to a packed house (over 100) funny, tragic, and exciting all in one. Best film to date. Score: 98%


Carancho Shown: 10/03/2013

Not widely enjoyed and suffered the lowest score to date. Score: 66%


After the Wedding Shown: 10/02/2013

An audience just short of 60 people thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Interesting plot well acted. Fans of Birgen were reminded that this was Danish film! Score: 83.1%


Even the Rain Shown: 13/01/2013

“Even the Rain” was a quite stunning movie enjoyed by a small but enthusiastic audience. The film scored extremely well on the feedback slips, one person commenting that this was a lot of film packed into 103 minutes! If you weren’t there and you get a chance to see this film in the future, take the chance to see it. Score: 94.6%


A Royal Affair Shown: 09/12/2012

Bit of a brooding Scandinavian costume drama but very good for all that. Score: 84.6%


Incendies Shown: 11/11/2012

Excellent movie with an amazing start and shocking ending. Went down very well with our audience. Score: 92%


Le Havre Dir Shown 14/10/2012.

Well enjoyed film despite rather dated genre. Great story with a few somewhat obscure French movie references. Quite a fantasy, but very likeable for all that. Score: 76.92%


The Chorus (Les Choristes) Shown: 13/05/2012

Lovely film which got the best score and comments of the season. Well attended and fully enjoyed. Score: 94%


The Sea Inside Shown: 01/04/2012

“Brilliant;” “a tour de force” – just a couple of the comments made about this film. Low attendance but highly rated film! Score: 87%


A Separation Shown: 11/03/2012

Very well received film which provoked much thought and discussion. Score: 91%


Le Concert Shown: 12/02/2012

Very well received and enjoyed. Great music and nice story. Nearly 60 people came – pretty good for a cold night. Score: 91%


The Edge of Heaven Shown: 08/01/2012

Another very well received film – “thought provoking”; “absorbing, great film”; “very good plot, very good acting” – just some of the comments. Score: 91%


Nine Queens Shown: 11/12/2011

Very widely enjoyed comedy; final scene came as a surprise. Excellent Score: 94%


Of Gods and Men Shown: 13/11/2011

A moving and beautifully told true story which screened to nearly 70 people! Score: 89%


The Band’s Visit Shown: 09/10/2011

Almost 60 people enjoyed our first film of the 2011/12 season. A wry comedy with some nice touches. Score: 83%


Broken Embraces Shown: 08/05/2011

Almost the largest audience of the season to see this, latest Almodovar offering. Widely enjoyed on the night though it was thought a bit long. Nevertheless, a great end to the season. Score: 86%


Everlasting Moments Shown: 10/04/2011

“Beautiful and tender film”, “hugely enjoyable”. Well appreciated by another good audience. Score: 91%


The Secret in their Eyes Shown: 13/03/2011

Cracking movie enjoyed by everyone who attended. Excellent; Terrific; three films in one! Score: 98%


Il Postino Shown: 13/02/2011

Well attended (despite the terrible weather) and very widely appreciated. “Wonderful choice” & “Utterly charming” were just two of the comments made afterwards. Still a most charming and endearing movie. Score: 97%


Summer Hours Shown: 09/01/2011

Very widely enjoyed; a classic french film and appreciated as such. Much discussed afterwards. Score: 81%


The White Ribbon (Das Weiss Band) Shown: 12/12/2010

This potentially bleak and disturbing film was very well received by the audience on the night. It is a long film and ends without clear resolution; but it was pretty gripping all the way through as the plot twisted and turned. As it was Christmas mulled wine and warm mince pies were served before the start…..LOVELY. Score: 83%


Seraphine Shown: 14/11/2010

Very well received despite a glitch in the middle. A fine film from a talented cast. Score: 76%


Mid August Lunch Shown: 10/10/2010

Very well attended first film of the 2010/11 season. Charming movie with an easy and light humour running through it. Very well liked on the night. Score: 86%


Goodbye Solo Shown: 09/05/2010

A larger audience for the last film of the season. Well received, but still some comments about sound quality – to be resolved. Not the easiest film to follow but better received than many. Score: 62.5%


Helen Shown: 11/04/2010

Poorly received by smallest audience of the season (well it was a lovely evening)! A low budget film in which the sound quality and slow pace were amongst many negative comments. Score: 41%


Genova Shown: 14/03/2010

Very much a film typical of this director (Winterbottom) who seems keen to use natural lighting and unfiltered sound. In this case not everyone appreciated his efforts and, despite Colin Firth’s best intentions, the movie wasn’t up to the usual standard. Score: 57%


The Counterfeiters Shown: 28/02/2010

Excellent WWII film, postponed from early January due to the snow (remember!). Very well enjoyed on the night despite a potentially grim subject area. More applause! Wow. Score: 91%


Caramel Shown: 14/02/2010

First film shown in the new hall. Very well received – despite an unforeseen and accidental intermission! Score: 83%


Encounters at the end of the World Shown: 13/12/2009

Very well received; an intelligent documentary. Score: 84%


Lemon Tree (Etz Limon) Shown: 08/11/2009

Very widely enjoyed movie; guests even applauded! . . “scores” are based on recognised “Audience Reaction Index”. Score: 90%


The Pope’s Toilet (El Bano del Papa) Shown: 11/10/2009

Showed to an almost full house. Widely appreciated despite the projection error that resulted in a “Super-cinemascope” picture. Next film promises fewer 10ft long cows and 4ft high people! Score: 69%


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