Love In Kilnerry

Love In Kilnerry (2019)

In Graham Baker’s Impulse (1984), toxic waste leaks into a rural town’s milk supply, causing the residents to lose all their inhibitions and to pursue their most violent or sexually taboo urges without censorship. Where Baker’s film was an apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, Love In Kilnerry tells a similar story in an entirely different genre. For…

Trust

Trust (2021)

Trust opens with an impressionistically glimpsed and artfully effaced couple having panting, passionate sex, while a series of increasingly urgent incoming text messages (“You OK?” “Call me back.” “Call me!”) is ignored. Next we see Brooke Gatwick (Victoria Justice) returning with a suitcase to her New York apartment, where she greets Owen Shore (Matthew –…

Exposure

Love Exposure (Ai No Mukidashi) (2009)

Love Exposure (Ai No Mukidashi) first published by Film4 Summary: Sion Sono’s Berlinale-winner is a Bible-length blend of the pious and the perverse that puts the rites back into teen rites of passage.  Review: “Even a pervert has a life history,” declares epicene 17-year-old Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima) to fellow pupil – and girl of his dreams…

Rendez-vous

Rendez-vous (2019)

In 1976, Claude Lelouch released a short film called C’était un rendez-vous (It was a date). This comprised a single take, shot from beneath the front of an unseen vehicle as it raced early in the morning at very high speed past various landmarks of Paris, before the driver (Lelouch himself) pulls in and gets…

First Love

First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019)

First Love (Hatsukoi) first published by Little White Lies “Things are getting complicated,” young low-ranking yakuza Kase (Shōta Sometano) tells corruptible police detective Otomo (Nao Ômori, Ichi from Takashi Miike‘s 2003 Ichi the Killer) near the beginning of Miike’s latest, First Love (Hatsukoi). As Gondo (Seiyô Uchino), the boss of Kase’s syndicate, returns from a…

32

32 Weeks (2020)

“I wonder if we ever stop lying to each other,” says Cole (the excellent Nicole Souza) to Simon (Scott Bender) in a record store, about halfway through writer/director Brian Cavallaro’s 32 Weeks. “I think it’s just easy in the beginning of a relationship because it’s like a blank slate – you know, I can make…

Rose

Rose (aka Rose: A Love Story) (2020)

“Falling in love with somebody is like, um – it’s like being pinned down by some great big animal before you even realise that it’s been following you.” So, some way into Jennifer Sheridan’s feature debut Rose, says Sam, played by the film’s writer Matt Stokoe. Rose is certainly a love story – indeed A…

Enough Said

Enough Said (2013)

Enough Said first published by EyeforFilm “I’ve missed you,” says Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to Albert (James Gandolfini, The Sopranos) near the end of Enough Said. It is a line that now comes with a poignancy transcending anything that writer/director Nicole Holofcener (Walking And Talking, Lovely And Amazing, Friends With Money, Please Give) could ever have intended, given that…

Young Adult

Young Adult (2011)

Young Adult first published by movieScope In 2007, young director Jason Reitman and first-time screenwriter Diablo Cody teamed up to create whipsmart teen pregnancy comedy Juno. Now their latest collaboration, Young Adult, represents a reunion in more ways than one, as they revisit previous preoccupations (adolescence and parenthood) from the perspective of arrested grown-ups rather…

Kay

The Horror At Gallery Kay (2018)

The Horror at Gallery Kay begins in a waiting room, with a slow zoom onto a seated Olive (Rosebud), as the sounds of drilling, screams and children singing Ring a Ring ‘o Roses, fill the soundtrack – or at least the soundtrack in Olive’s mind. Olive is waiting for a Couples Counseling session which her…