This Spanish language film starring Emma Suarez and Adriana Ugarte is one of Pedro Almodóvar’s more serious offerings and he does serious really well. The story is told as a letter being written by a widow to her estranged daughter. As we meet Julieta’s family and learn of her daughter’s children, we see how each act of pulling away and each loss has an … Continue reading Film review: Julieta
This would be a perfect candy of glamour and mischief if only it wasn’t over too soon. Why do characters in costume dramas have to speak so quickly? The dialogue in this film is a fizzy delight but only if you have extremely quick-witted hearing, or if like me, you turn on the subtitles and then use the pause button to read it. … Continue reading Film review: Love and Friendship
2014 Little is shown in the cinema of how much bereaved people struggle to be kind to one another while containing the fury churned up by loss. We tie ourselves in knots. We fail. Mired in shame and remorse, we have no choice but to keep moving forward. The films that have ventured into this territory have been high drama affairs. August: Osage … Continue reading Film review: Lilting
Based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel of the same name, this 2014 film is about a family of grown-up children returning home for their father’s funeral. Director, Shawn Levy, is best known for Date Night, with Tina Fey, and the Night At The Museum films, with Ben Stiller. However viewers expecting a caper will find most of the high jinks take place within the sharply … Continue reading Film review: This Is Where I Leave You
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Everything I know about boxing and boxing films could be written on a gum shield but I love this film. It shows how the past can give you strength to move into the future and the future can embrace your past. This is not the all too common fantasy of a radical new start. This is about feeling kicked out of the continuum of … Continue reading Film review: Rocky Balboa
Welcome to our widows and widowers film festival! There’s something for everyone and all are available on DVD or a streaming service.
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Sam Baldwin, played by Tom Hanks, in Sleepless in Seattle Andrew Shepherd, Played by Michael Douglas, in The American President Sean Maguire, played by Robin Williams, in Good Will Hunting Daniel, played by Liam Neeson, in Love Actually Graham, played by Jude Law, in The Holiday Quoyle, played by Kevin Spacey, in The Shipping News Drover, played by Hugh … Continue reading Our favourite widowers on film (today anyway)
Solaris is a science fiction classic by Polish author Stanislaw Lem. It is about the limits of our ability to communicate and understand. The main character is the planet Solaris, which is covered in an organism that probes the minds of humans while giving away nothing about itself. The main human character is Kris Kelvin, whose mind the planet probes by exploring his guilt … Continue reading Book review: Solaris
This is how the UK did intelligent, romantic comedies before Four Weddings and a Funeral. Back in the very early nineties, things were a bit more shabby. Emotions were intense, plants looked unhealthy, people shouted a lot and no one looked as if they were coming from or headed to a career in modelling. Nina, played by Juliet Stevenson, is stuck in a … Continue reading Film review: Truly Madly Deeply
There is a pop quiz to be written along the lines of what kind of widower are you: John Ames from Gilead, Dr Kovac from ER, Sam Baldwin from Sleepless in Seattle or Rocky from Rocky Balboa? What would the widow equivalents be? Maybe Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch, Ruth Fisher from Six Feet Under, Nina from Truly, Madly, Deeply or Nancy Botwin from Weeds? Continue reading Rocky and Gilead
Last night I watched We Bought A Zoo. There are lots of good quotes in it but this one could save a lifetime of relationship angst. The father and teenage son are trying to build bridges after a ding-dong argument. You can see they love each other but they’re also hurting badly from feeling not heard or understood. Son: “I never know what to … Continue reading Family therapy and wildlife