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Tarred and horse feathered?

Tarred and horse feathered?

Six days in the lives of this pair who barely speak to one another, and it took me nearly as long to finish the film.  This is not to say that The Turin Horse is a hard slog not worth the bother; far from it. We are told at the start that Nietsche was cut down […]

Mal de vivre

Mal de vivre

Have recently seen two films (Young Adult and A Quiet Passion – see links for a fuller individual appreciation) which, in their different ways, ruminate over the lot of their ageing female characters and offer plum roles for Charlize Theron and Cynthia Nixon at a time when such things are, as ever, hard to come by. […]

Silence is godly

Silence is godly

After Bergman, it is Scorsese’s turn to meditate on God’s silence, in his tale of a Jesuit priest enduring persecution in seventeenth century Japan.  As Father Rodrigues hides in the undergrowth and watches members of his flock suffer the ultimate penalty for not spitting on the image of Christ, and as he is forced by […]