21 Grams

21 Grams (2003)

21 Grams first published by Movie Gazette Director Alejandro González Iñárritu garnered well-deserved international recognition for both himself and the renascent Mexican film industry with his debut Amores Perros (2000), an ambitious tale of three different lives linked by a catastrophic car accident, and by a whole lot of dogs. His second feature, 21 Grams,…

Lemming

Lemming (2005)

Lemming first published by EyeforFilm, 28 April 2006 Mysterious migrations and collective suicides are the characteristics most closely associated (however spuriously) with lemmings. These small animals peculiar to Scandinavia’s northern regions are just about the last things you would expect to find in the suburbs of southern France, but when high-tech engineer Alain Getty (Laurent…

Antichrist

Antichrist (2009)

Antichrist first published by Film4 Summary: Maverick Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier tells a traumatic tale of mental and marital breakdown in the deep, dark woods. Review: “There is nothing atypical about your grief”, declares an unnamed cognitive therapist (Willem Dafoe) to an unnamed patient (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who also happens to be his wife, and whose grief is,…

Nymphomaniac

Nymphomaniac Volumes 1 and 2 (2013)

Review first published (in slightly shorter version) by Film4. Synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his ‘Trilogy of Depression’ with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation. Review: “Fill all my holes, please.” It is perhaps not as catchy as the line “Chaos reigns” from Lars von Trier’s Antichrist…