Torremolinos 73

Torremolinos 73 (2003)

Torremolinos 73 first published by Movie Gazette Madrid, 1973. Carmen Lopez (Candela Peña) longs to have a baby, but her devoted husband Alfredo (Javier Cámara) is no longer able to shift the military encyclopædias that he sells door-to-door, and cannot even afford the rent let alone the upkeep of a child. So when Alfredo’s boss…

Maria

Maria (2023)

Maria had its UK première on Friday 27th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest “Between the mind that plans and the hand that builds, there must be a mediator, and this must be the heart,” reads the text that opens Gabriel Grieco and Nicanor Loreti’s Maria. The content of the text is rather less important than…

X

X (2022)

X first published by Sight and Sound online Ti West‘s X opens with a visual trick to confound the viewer’s sense of time. A corpse-strewn farmhouse is shown in what appears to be outmoded Academy ratio, until the camera’s forward movement reveals that the vertical extremities of this squared image are in fact the sides…

A Hole in My Heart

A Hole in My Heart (Ett Hål i mitt Hjärta) (2004)

A Hole in My Heart (Ett Hål i mitt Hjärta) first published by Movie Gazette, 26 May, 2005 Within the confines of a small suburban apartment, amateur director/producer Rickard (Thorsten Flinck) and his insecure friend Geko (Goren Marjanovic) are making a hardcore porn film with Tess (Sanna Bråding), who dreams of fame in Swedish television’s…

Romance

Romance (1999)

Romance first published by Little White Lies, as the 84th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Romance is a genre. It is that branch of erotic fiction typically filling the gaping crack between love and sex, fantasy and reality, and ultimately marrying its lead couple to a happy ending. So writer/director Catherine Breillat’s choice of…

Wayward

The Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun) 2005

The Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun) first published by Film4 Summary: In this strange comedy-cum-musical-cum-cum, loneliness and longing pervade drought-stricken Taipei – and there are hardcore sex acts and watermelons, too. Tsai Ming-liang directs. Review: “Watermelon can open your heart.” So says a television announcer near the beginning of Tsai Ming-Liang’s The Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo…

Karaoke

Karaoke Crazies (2016)

With a poster from Gone With The Wind over its front door as an emblem of both faded glory and of melodrama to come, Addiction Karaoke is a small-town, dead-end club where people go to lose themselves – and not just the clients. Struggling to make ends meet, and haunted by a personal tragedy, owner…

Destricted

Destricted (2006)

Destricted  first published by Film4 Synopsis: Seven (or so) short films about the relationship between sex and art, including work from Matthew Barney (Cremaster) , Gaspar Noé (Irréversible) and Kids director Larry Clark Review: Not a porn film as such but a film about porn and the representation of sex on screen, Destricted still follows…