dir Atom Egoyan; with Julianne Moore, Amada Seyfried 09/Canada ****
This lush, insinuating remake of the rather muted French film Nathalie benefits from a much more emotionally charged script and lively, layered performances. It also has director Egoyan's playful skill at exploring images and perceptions ... REVIEW >
dir Heitor Dhalia; with Vincent Cassel, Laura Nieva 09/Brazil ***
Seductive and dark, this beach holiday drama tells its story from the perspective of 14-year-old Filipa (Nieva), who feels like she's a grown-up and gets increasingly frustrated with her friends (both boys and girls) and her parents, none of whom seem to be behaving by the rules of relationships as she sees them. Worst of all is the fact that her father (the superb Cassel) is carrying on with another woman. Of course, this is a story about how children can't possibly understand the subtleties of an adult world, and that's laid on a bit thickly as the film progresses. But it's shot and acted with a sun-kissed glow and earthy honesty that makes it thoroughly watchable.
Bunny & the Bull
dir Paul King; with Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby 09/UK ***
With its homemade effects and strong emotional kick, this film feels almost like a Michel Gondry movie. Although a deranged sense of humour makes it thoroughly British. It's an odd concoction, but it gets under the skin ... REVIEW >