Book Of Fish

The Book Of Fish (Jasaneobo) (2021)

The Book Of Fish screened at the London Korean Film Festival 2021. Below is a transcript of my on-screen introduction, and of my programme note. Director Lee Joon-ik’s The Book Of Fish (Jasaneobo) is not only set for the most part in a littoral, liminal space where land meets sea, but it also deftly lets…

Limbo

Limbo (2020)

Limbo begins with a smile, and with a cautionary tale about the mixed signals that a smile can send. Its first image is a large, crudely chalked smiley-face on a blackboard, as Helga (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Boris (Kenneth Collard) rôle-play a scenario in which a man on the dance floor misconstrues a woman’s smile…

Hedgehog

Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)

Sonic The Hedgehog first published by Little White Lies In the small, sleepy town of Green Hills, Montana, a superfast extra-terrestrial hedgehog pauses for an uncharacteristically prolonged spell to look longingly through a house window at local sheriff Tom (James Marsden) and veterinarian Maddie (Tika Sumpter) watching television inside. Though in exile and in hiding,…

Visible

Darkness Visible (2019)

Darkness Visible first published by VODzilla.co Neil Biswas’ Darkness Visible opens in London, as three unusual things happen on the 28th birthday of local artist Ronnie (Jaz Deol). First, during sex with his ‘rock chick’ girlfriend Lena (Salóme Gunnarsdóttir), he experiences a strange sensation of displacement. Second, the scar on his chest – a leftover…

voices

The Voices (2014)

The Voices first published by Sight & Sound, April 2015 Review: Franco-Persian filmmaker Marjane Satrapi is best known for the animated feature Persepolis (2007) and its stylised live-action follow-up Chicken With Plums (2011), both adapted from her own graphic novels, both co-directed with Vincent Paronnaud, and both dealing in their different ways with the experience of…

Persepolis

Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis first published by EyeforFilm A modern young woman enters Paris’ Orly airport, dons a veil in the bathroom, and joins a queue for flights to Tehran – but just as she is about to purchase her ticket, she freezes, retreats, and sinks disconsolately into a bench. She can no longer bring herself to return to…

The Yellow Sea (2011)

First published by Film4 Synopsis: Hot on the heels of The Chaser, Na Hong-jin’s second feature is an equally breathless tale of exile, assassination and existentialism. Review: The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) opens with its anti-heroic protagonist Gu-nam (Ha Jung-woo) recounting in voice-over an anecdote from when he was just 11 years old: after his dog had gone on a…