Review first published by Little White Lies
"Dear viewer, don't seek in this film the biography of Sayat Nova, the great Armenian poet of the eighteenth century," states the text introduction to the Russian version of Sergei Paradjanov's Sayat Nova, retitled The Colour of Pomegranates and re-edited (by Russian director Sergei Yutkevich) so that its episodic scenes were now reorganised into something approximating a chronological order, and with some (although by no means all) of the more overtly sexual symbolism…
Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks
"Once upon a time, there was a President who had a very bad temper. One day the President's family went to the airport. They had to fly far, far away. The President's grandson didn't want to go with his family so he stayed with his grandfather."
In what opening text describes as an "unknown country" (and what is also a richly allegorical space), an old man (Misha Gomiashvili) tells this bedtime story to a…
review from Film4 (slightly altered)
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.
"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…
Review for EyeforFilm eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/starred-up-2013-film-review-by-anton-bitel
Starred Up is a story of fathers and sons, of violence and control, of pent-up emotions and revolving doors, of self-perpetuating problems and unwanted (if certainly effective) solutions. In other words, it is a film about masculinity and society, which just happens to be set in the closed system of a prison. That said, its allegorical underpinnings are offset by a pervasive realism: for it is the first screenplay by Jonathan Asser, who has spent 12…