A Separation

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  It’s rare to get the whole crux of a movie in an opening scene but that’s exactly what happens here when we see Nader & Simin facing a judge on their own in an otherwise empty room arguing about getting a divorce.  They are a successful middle-aged professional couple living in present day Iran who had agreed in principle … Continue reading


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  Writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda’s extraordinary and brilliant new film about a disparate Japanese makeshift family may start in a gentle and slightly confusing manner, but by the time the final credits role you will be totally engrossed in the movie that won the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes last summer.  The family live crammed into a small dilapidated … Continue reading

The Assistant

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French directing duo Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri are back with a new movie after an absence of ten years from our screens. For their return they have chosen a wonderfully tense and stylized very European thriller about a grieving mother exacting revenge for the death of her teenager Sebastian son who was killed in a car accident nine … Continue reading

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