Monday, February 22nd, 2010 by Megs
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Starring: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Unel, Anna Bederke

Directed by: Fatih Akin

Written by: Fatih Akin (screenplay); Adam Bousdoukos (screenplay)

Another quirky story out of Germany, Soul Kitchen centers on Zinos and his restaurant that although lacking quality food has boundless warmth and plods along doing a not so roaring trade serving subpar café food to a loyal few.

Zinos is having a hard time of it, the place is sinking, his girlfriend is leaving for Japan and him to follow and to top it off his career criminal brother is out on day release and needs a job! Enter Birol Ünel a volatile knife wielding chef whose talent and temper make him a necessary evil who just might help save the day.

Revamping the restaurant and bringing his brother on board proves a success that soon turns sour and the events in between are what really make this off the wall story work.

The relationship between Zinos and his absentee girlfriend vs. his love of the eatery vs. his responsibility to his wayward yet lovable brother combined with a tantrum throwing chef and droll chain smoking waitress all add up to highly entertaining film featuring a cast of characters you can’t help but feel great affection for and a stellar soundtrack of old soul classics.

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Friday, February 19th, 2010 by Megs

Five Minutes of HeavenOpening in mid 70’s Belfast, Five Minutes of Heaven is a story with a heavy heart told in a wonderfully straight forward and quite masculine manner. When sixteen year old Alistair Little packs a gun and heads off to kill a young catholic boy he has no idea he will do so in front of the mans young brother Joe but that is exactly what occurs, the build up to this shocking event isn’t too long but filled with that sickly adrenaline filled dread that comes with a horrible decision already made in ones mind.

Flash forward thirty years and the two main characters are speeding towards each other, literally, in chauffer driven cars. TV programme has given them the chance to meet face to face and the two leads played convincingly by Liam Neeson (Little) and James Nesbitt (Joe Griffen) convey the conflicting emotions of men bound by an unspeakable act superbly.


Amreeka // Film Review

Friday, February 19th, 2010 by Megs

Starring: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat

Directed by: Cherien Dabis
Written by: Cherien Dabis

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Amreeka tells the, at time arduous, tale of Muna a single mother and her teenage son Fadi and their journey from Palestine to America, namely Illinois.

The opening scenes are dreary and dry, you can almost feel the gritty sand and trickling sweat as you watch Muna travel from her place of work via a slowly moving checkpoint. The dusty landscape, rutted roads and soldiers with guns nicely set up the leap to the U.S where it is freezing cold and full of light and colour.

But it’s Munas struggle to build a life stateside that is the real story here, her struggle to find a job worthy of her university education and years of experience and the blatant racism faced by herself and more so her son are truly heart wrenching as is the secondary story of the impact of current world events namely terroism in the first world is having on Munas sister and her family, the desire to live in the homeland, a failing business, rebelling very American teenage daughter, (played beautifully by Alia Shawkat of arrested development fame).

At times despairing Munas tough take on her situation and her drive to make a better life and blend her family is sincere and extremely moving, I found her to be very endearing, the relationships cultivated with a teenage co worker and her sons principle are highlights.



Monday, February 8th, 2010 by Megs

Starring Karina Smulders, Waldemar Torenstra, Anna Drijver, Pleuni Touw, Petra Laseur, Rutger Hauer

Directed by Ben Sombogaart (’Crusade in Jeans’, ‘Pluk van de petteflet’)

Written by Marieke van der Pol

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Based on the air race from London to Christchurch in 1953 Bride Flight, so named because it’s passengers were mainly young brides following their fiancés across the world in the search of a new life, is the story of three young women, Esther, Marjorie and Ada and one man, Frank, who meet in the air at the beginning of their post-war journey to a foreign land.

It is a tragedy fifty years after the air race itself that provides a structure for the story as historical and contemporary circumstances are intertwined in a beautifully told love story that is exquisitely complimented by New Zealand’s magnificent countryside.

Interspersed with archival footage from the air race, the film explores themes of friendship, family obligations, loss and of course the thread that runs through them all: Love. The contrast between the New Zealanders’ laid back attitude epitomized be lines like “only snobs use the front door” and the somewhat tightly wound Dutchmen and women is endearing and the slow shift from entirely Dutch speaking with English subtitles to mainly English dialogue lends a subtle authenticity to the story’s timeline.

The acting is fantastically believable, the casting very clever with the elder Esther, Marjorie and Ada all bearing a striking resemblance to their much younger counterparts. There is a rather slow build but the shifting story telling from one woman to the next maintains interest in the unfolding tale.

Winner of the Best International Co-production during the Luxembourg Film Awards 2008 this character driven drama is simply lovely.



Monday, February 8th, 2010 by Matt

Directed by Neele Leana Vollmar

Starring Katharina Schubert, Oliver Stokowski, Nina Monka, Leoni Brill, Tamino Wecker, Axel Prahl
Written by Ruth Toma

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Set in West Berlin during the 1960s, this offbeat German tale is hard to classify by genre. Thought provoking and quirky, it is both amusing and sad in turns. The story centres on a family from East Berlin, the Striesows, who are haunted by the horrors of the past after they relocate to the West in hope of a better life.

The story details Irene’s struggle to trust in the future, her fear of a Russian invasion, World War Three and the shattering of, what seems to her to be, very fragile peaceful times. It is difficult not to have strong feeling for this complex and difficult character, who is both frustrating and charming in turns as she continually fails to lighten the lives of her family.

Told through the eyes of the two young girls, Wasa a beautiful blonde and Ute her impish brunette sister, as they strive to keep their depressive, dramatic mother happy and stop her often uttered phrase “I will not live to be old” from coming true.
Although there are three children in the home with son, Floori, the youngest of the brood, it is the Striesow girls who really shine. Both just primary school age their simple and often comical plans to keep their beloved mother afloat are as endearing as Irenes horrifying thoughts of the death of them all.

The story of a dysfunctional family is nothing new but the very real and not too distant events which have led to this particular situation and the pitch perfect performance of the two young stars really bring this somewhat depressingly themed film to life.