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  • Bottle Shock

    Bottle Shock

    ★½

    As a rule I never rate or review movies that I haven't finished, but today decided that life is too short for this godawful movie. It really is terrible in every sense. Poor Alan Rickman.

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    Slow, sad, stunning. Apparently won the audience award at the Leiden film festival, which I missed entirely thanks to having moved and also to being in China. Anyway, if they thought this was the best film they must have been a broody bunch, but it is very good. It's very subdued, there are no flashbacks, but the movie doesn't need them. Very effective.

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  • The Divine Order

    The Divine Order

    ★★★★

    Number of Swiss films seen in life: 1. Let's call it a good start.

    Beautifully made film about the shocking fact that woman's suffrage wasn't realised in Switzerland until 1971 (or in fact 1990). The film is in a larger sense about feminism in general and in the setting of beautifilly shot Swiss landscapes and oppresive, cramped chalets, puts forward the theme painfully. Excellent performances all round, and I was quite blown away by Marie Leuenberger.

  • The Captain

    The Captain

    ★★★★★

    Herold and the amazing monochromatic dreamcoat.