Here are some film highlights today...
dir Ducastel/Martineau 10/Fr ****
This sleek and classy French drama centres on a family struggling with grief when a rather big skeleton comes clattering out of the closet. It grapples with all kinds of important issues, most notably how we work to give our families a sheen of normality when "normal" is a myth. Fine performances and deep, gorgeous photography make the film thoroughly involving.
with Harry Treadaway, Emma Booth 10/UK ***
A dark drama about a suicidal bird-watcher might be a hard sell commercially, but this film is sensitively well made and very nicely acted by Treadaway as a young man caught between his emotions, his twitcher pals and his activist girlfriend (Booth), who seems to have a death wish herself - indeed, they met on a suicide website. The film is a little too morose for it's own good, but is worth a look.
World's Greatest Dad
dir Bobcat Goldthwait; with Robin Williams 09/US ****
Robin Williams gives one of his best performances in years in this super-black comedy about a man who does somethig pretty unthinkable. ... MORE >
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
with Dwight Yoakam, Jon Foster 10/US **
So highly stylised that it isn't remotely believable, this convoluted Western follows its bitter characters into Mexico and back to resolve old feuds, and so forth. It's dark and grim and annoyingly overplayed, but there are moments that hold the interest.