Art House/Indie Film Group
SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE FROM MANON
Under normal circumstances the film group meets on the third and fifth Wednesdays of each month in a member's home from 2-5pm. Time is flexible as films vary so much in content and duration. Then there is time for refreshments and discussion.
However, we are now running remotely. A list of interesting films will be emailed to group members and also posted here, usually on the Saturday of each week. Films can be watched live or recorded to watch later, according to showing times. The Group Leader will record as much as possible for members to watch together when our new normal begins - hopefully not too far off.
Comments and reviews on films by email or post are very much encouraged in lieu of live discussion and can be shared with the Group Leader, the film group or posted here via the Group Leader. Comments will be posted here as anonymous.
THIS WEEK'S FILMS FROM MANON.
Here is a very broad selection of films for you - mostly Indie - with one documentary that looks interesting.
Watch live or record to watch later. Some timings are very early/late. Some of these films have been shown previously,
so they may be catch up or repeats for you. I am recording as many as possible ready for our grand reunion.
I do hope it will be soon!
BBC1 11.55pm Papadopoulos and Sons 2012 109m UK
This is a fresh, funny and poignant snapshot of ethnic life in London produced with warmth and charm.
A likeable recession comedy enlivened by a strong support cast and a topical, engagingly feelgood central theme.
Ch4 1.05am Blue Is The Warmest Colour 2013 187m France
A feverish, generous, exhausting love story that chronicles a young woman’s wrenching and blissful attachment to another woman. Anchored by natural, committed performances regarding views of sex, female appetite and maternity. NB: sexual content.
Film4 1140pm Journeyman 2017 92m UK
A brilliant depiction of brain injury on a professional boxer, from memory loss to emotional liability. With devastating effects on family and friends it accurately portrays a lifelong condition requiring great patience, tolerance and understanding.
Film4 1.30am Sweet Sixteen 2002
Ken Loach has fashioned an achingly true portrait of a young man's despairing attempts to better his life, coming up against social obstructions both visible and invisible. Impeccable casting, raw dialogue make for a harsh rite of passage story.
SkyPremiere 8.00pm The Public 2018 122m USA
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library
to seek shelter from the bitter cold. A rousing, inspiring story, rich characters, and a fluid, detailed visual style.
Ch4 1.30am Lift Boy 2017 153m India
A lazy young man replaces his father as the elevator operator of a posh residential complex, but what he sees as menial work
soon takes on new meaning. A film that appears to be light and frivolous, but is loaded with inspiring values.
Film4 1.50am Leaning Into The Wind 2017 97m UK
A mesmerising film about art and time. This meditative documentary follows artist Andy Goldsworthy on an exploration of his
local environment and himself through ephemeral and permanent workings on the landscape, cities and his own body.
Ch4 2.15am Night Moves 2013 120m USA
A uniquely character-driven thriller with a finely composed cast and some outstanding direction. Its thought-provoking themes with compelling drama, its leanness and the tight focus of its storytelling have generated very mixed reviews.
Ch4 11.15pm Funny Cow 2017 103m UK
This rests almost entirely on the lead's superlative performance, shouldering the weight of this affecting kitchen sink drama. Period realism with arthouse gambits in an abrasive, tender tale of comic moments next to scenes of irredeemable bleakness.
BBC2 12.45am The Midwife 2017 117m France/Belgium
Claire is a tightly wound midwife who forms an unlikely friendship with Beatrice, her late father’s free-spirited mistress.
They come to rely on each other after Beatrice finds she has brain cancer.
Film4 1.20am Daphne 2017 105m UK Brittle, powerful and artistic indie, comparable to Fleabag without the laughs. Emily
Beecham is brilliant as the self-destructive thirty something who starts to reassess her messy life after witnessing a violent attack.
As always, enjoy the films and comments are very welcome. Stay safe and well.
We do currently have a few vacancies in the group. Contact the Group Leader for more details.
Happy viewing. Stay safe and well, Manon
|Group Leader||Manon Burton|
|Click on the Bluebird|