The films of Jeff Nichols are all very much informed by the South, none more so than his prototypical frontier fable, Mud. One of the most impressive and consistent American filmmakers currently working, Jeff Nichols has now made three sprawling dramas where the ways and workings of the South play as large a part as the characters in the way things turn out, with Mud being the most typically Southern.
Emanuel is a succinct and in depth exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters and what can happen when those formative relationships are simply in our imaginations.
A.C.O.D. or Adult Child of Divorce is the directorial debut by Stu Zicherman, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah followed by the international premiere at Sundance London this weekend. A.C.O.D. is a very special film, with a tender and sweet heart at its centre and although it doesn't come off completely as it should, all the ingredients are there for a classic indie comedy in the making. Featuring an all star cast of Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jessica Alba, Amy Poehler, Richard Jenkins, Clark Duke and Catherine O'Hara, there is certainly no lack of acting talent in a film, which tries to make a joke of divorce.
Who would have thought that a film that could fairly describe itself as a gender-bending, genital-waving, cabaret ‘cock-rock-shock-opera’ could be quite so boring? Watching Peaches ‘do herself’ is not anywhere near as titillating as it might sound and 70 minutes feels like a lifetime in Peaches directorial debut. Part autobiographical pseudo-provocation, part concert film, full bore. “Fuck the pain away” indeed.