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  • Grand Piano 2013

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    A shorter version of this was first published by Little White Lies

    "If you play music this dense, you're gonna hit a wrong note. And they won't know. They never do."

    This is the reassurance that bon vivant conductor Norman Reisinger (Don McManus) gives nervous pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) before a performance. Tom is a world-renowned virtuoso who, five years earlier, had choked in the middle of a public recital of La Cinquette, a notoriously difficult solo piece that…

  • In Order of Disappearance 2014

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    Review first published by Film4

    Synopsis: Hans Petter Moland sets Stellan Skarsgård's unlikely but effective migrant avenger between two very different drug gangs, with darkly comic results.

    Review: "I'm just a guy who keeps a strip of civilisation open for people in the wilderness."

    So says Nils (Stellan Skarsgård), snow plough operator in a small Norwegian town, as he accepts his award for Citizen of the Year. It is his job to keep the road between town and city clear…

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  • Nymphomaniac 2013

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    review from Film4 (slightly altered)
    www.film4.com/reviews/2013/nymphomaniac

    Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.

    Review:
    "Fill all my holes, please."
    It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…

  • Woman in the Dunes 1964

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    Review first published by EyeforFilm

    Teshigahara Hiroshi's film opens with the image of a strange crystal shape whose uneven enormity fills the entire screen, challenging viewers to identify what it is. The next, equally baffling shot, taken from further back, is of a pyramid-like pile of these alien rocks, still difficult to recognise in all their misshapenness. Finally, the camera pulls out to a distance, revealing that the boulders are in fact countless tiny grains of sand forming a desert…