It's a testament to Spielberg's creative command that he can drape the opening and closing shot with the Stars & Stripes, and still eschew all notions of patriotism entirely.
If Stoker served to showcase how devilish director Park Chan-wook could be, his new film, The Handmaiden, proves he’s equally as devious. It’s a heated, and handsomely mounted period potboiler that has been adapted by the Korean wunderkind with a gleeful sense of stylised excess, from British author Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith.
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What charms us are the cast. Jesse Eisenberg tactfully embodies the awkward magnetism we fondly remember being an intrinsic part of Allen’s own persona in the likes of Annie Hall and Manhattan, without ever lapsing into impersonation: the director’s wonderfully witty dialogue brilliantly brought to life through Bobby’s edgy demeanour. But it’s Kristen Stewart, an actress unfairly dismissed by many as simply having a sulky screen presence, who captivates. It’s a performance that’s subtle, never sullen. Vonnie’s level-headed intelligence and…
As it was in her first feature Two Mothers, the crux of Berrached’s film is the exploration of how women choose to live their lives. In this case, it’s the study of someone forced to confront a major moral quandary for which there is no simple solution. And crucially, the writer/director never volunteers one. 24 Weeks has no easy answers to the questions it poses because, as it makes clear, there aren’t any – a formative lesson for us all.…