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April 15, 2014
11:21

by Arun Sharma


12 Monkeys meet The Fifth Element in Brazil: A flat-pack Gilliam fantasy that falls flat despite much existential musing, twanging gadgetry, oddball overturing and voluptuous casting. 

 

The Zero Theorem
Dir: Terry Gilliam

UK, 2013, sci-fi/fantasy, 107 minutes

Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Thierry, David Thewlis, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton 

★★★☆☆☆


A starkly eloquent kitchen sink drama that takes time to linger in mood and detail while unravelling a delinquent friendship in an impoverished hinterland of northern England.

 

The Selfish Giant
Dir: Clio Barnard

UK, drama, 2013, 91 minutes

Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Ralph Ineson, Ian Burfield, Everal Walsh

★★★★★☆


A mesmerising and sensory take on the Mafia theme that expertly suppresses dialogue and imagery in order to align the audience with characters through sound over action.

 

Salvo
Dir: Fabio Grassadonia/Antonio Piazza

Italy, drama, 2013, 104 minutes

Saleh Bakri, Sara Serraiocco, Luigi Lo Cascio, Giuditta Perriera, Mario Pupella

★★★★★☆


While the 3D, Greenaway and Godard largely disappoint, the find here is lesser known Portuguese director Pêra’s weird and wacky whirlwind of a film; a sharply astute indictment of mainstream cinema and culture.

3X3D
Dir: Edgar Pêra/Peter Greenaway/Jean-Luc Godard

Brazil, shorts, 2013, 70 minutes

Nuno Melo, Jorge Prendas, Miguel Monteiro, Keith Davis, Leonor Keil    

★★☆☆☆☆


Filmed in a remote Scottish fishing community, the regular insertions of Malick-inspired dream montage and whispered narration set the tone for this story of loss, grief and isolation.

 

For Those in Peril
Dir: Paul Wright

UK, drama, 2013, 93 minutes

George MacKay, Kate Dickie, Nichola Burley

★★★☆☆☆