PIX | What we've seen so far II
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.
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.
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