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  • Kakara | Short | London Film Festival 2014

    Kakara | Short | London Film Festival 2014

    3/5
    A short spurt of rock music pulsates as a leather-clad but aesthetically pleasing couple park their car and enter a hospital.  She is in for an abortion, and he is angry with the world.  However, after quite literally snarling like a Rottweiler at the other patients so that he can be alone in the waiting [...]

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  • 7.2 Review | Short | London Film Festival 2014

    7.2 Review | Short | London Film Festival 2014

    1/5
    An incomprehensible flurry of schoolgirls giving each other bloody noses, 7.2 is a bit of a mess.  This short by Nida Manzoor is part computer-game action drama (complete with heavy yellowish tinting and exaggerated ‘thwump’ noises), part CBBC-style TV programme, and has a bit of St Trinian’s thrown in for good measure.  It feels as [...]

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  • Three Brothers | Short | London Film Festival 2014

    Three Brothers | Short | London Film Festival 2014

    3/5
    This gentle, touching short follows teenager Hamid as he cares for his two younger brothers in place of their absent father and recently deceased mother, and demonstrates both the fragility and the starkness of life.  Beautifully shot, there is a stillness and a calm attention to detail – peeling wallpaper, a spider, bits of plastic [...]

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  • 3 Hearts | London Film Festival 2014

    3 Hearts | London Film Festival 2014

    3/5
    A strong undercurrent of foreboding flows fiercely beneath the surface of Benoît Jaquot’s ‘Three Hearts’.  As we dip in and out of happy romcom contentment – the courting couple, the cosy marriage, the arrival of the cute toddler – scenes that would normally be underscored with suitably matching schmaltz are instead set to eerie grinds of [...]

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  • If You Don’t, I Will | London Film Festival 2014

    If You Don’t, I Will | London Film Festival 2014

    2/5
    It’s not quite clear whether or not Sophie Fillières’ ‘If You Don’t, I Will’ is meant to be funny.  Most of this 102-minute long marital spat has us staring into Emmanuelle Devos’ gloom-struck face, trying to figure out whether we have an urge to giggle or not.  She is a sulking middle-aged wife who, after [...]

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  • Listen Up Philip | London Film Festival 2014

    Listen Up Philip | London Film Festival 2014

    4/5
    Mere seconds into Alex Ross Perry’s razor-sharp comedy, laugh-out-loud jokes are being fired thick and fast.  Accompanied by suave jazz and an eloquent voice-over, we follow Philip Lewis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman) as he struts the streets of New York with more arrogant self-reflection and narcissism than a Woody Allen character, and proceeds to spectacularly insult [...]

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