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Mountain,  is a documentary directed by Jennifer Peedom that uses high-altitude photography to bring to life the salient themes of Robert Macfarlane’s Mountains of the Mind (Granta Books, 2008), which I had just finished reading (thank you, Chester!).  The images are selected to fit a magnificent...

Let The Sunshine In

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Let The Sunshine In, is a French romcom starring Juliette Binoche.  The film develops themes around the possibility of a relationship that satisfies ‘on all levels’ (sur tous les plans).  The only character that has succeeded here isn’t talking about it, whereas everyone else...

Chasing Trane

chasing trane
Chasing Trane is everything you want from a music documentary and should appeal to newcomers as well as to jazz aficionados.  The legacy and influence of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Franklin and Thelonius Monk enables us to see Coltrane’s continual evolution towards the boundaries...

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless

andrey zvyagintsev’s loveless
Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless comes highly recommended, having been awarded the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Festival, but it only elicited lukewarm applause in Melbourne. Perhaps Australians are less welcoming to the wintry bleakness of the film’s settings, not to mention the searing, hateful exchanges between...

Sami Blood

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A visibly angry old lady, now a retired teacher and purporting to be Swedish, travels to Lapland for the funeral of her younger sister.  The ceremony is a bizarre mix of Protestant and Sami religion and the subsequent reindeer roundup recalls the old lady’s...

Final Portrait

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Last night’s screening of Final portrait, directed by Stanley Tucci and starring Geoffrey Rush, leaves me puzzled.  Giacometti’s portrait of the American writer James Lord was to take three or four hours of sitting, but finally takes more than twenty days.  The dilapidated studio is...