Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing apartment-block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife's grave, Ove has given up on life.
Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove's past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared.
'A Man Called Ove' is written and directed by Hannes Holm and is rated PG 13.
This is the final Gerringong Pics and Flicks film for 2017, and we would like to wish everyone season's greetings and a peaceful and happy 2018.
Our first film for the year will be on 2nd February.
Summary:Beloved poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a perseverant police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hot on his trail. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees the struggle with his police inspector nemesis as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous. In this story of a persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend.[The Orchard]
In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove their own landmines from the coast of Denmark. Directed by Martin Zandvliet, Land of Mine made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.
R (for violence, some grisly images, and language)
After attending a talk on reincarnation by a visiting swami (Art Malik), sickly Horatio Fisk (Peter O'Toole), who is still grieving over the death of his eldest son, and his youngest son, Henslowe (Jeremy Northam), meet the charismatic Dean Spanley (Sam Neill) and the businessman Wrather (Bryan Brown). Horatio and Dean become fast friends and meet up frequently for dinner. Dean, though, is no ordinary guest. He claims to be the reincarnation of a dog, which only intrigues Horatio more.
"Toa Fraser's sensitive direction of this deceptively challenging and surprisingly satisfying film, keeps the tone perfectly balanced in the manner of perhaps an eccentric English tale with dashes of humour and pathos." Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey--they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry. The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus:Paterson adds another refreshingly unvarnished entry to Jim Jarmusch's filmography -- and another outstanding performance to Adam Driver's career credits.
David Stratton SMH Dec 2016: Who would have thought that a film about a week in the life of a bus driver and part-time poet named Paterson, who lives in Paterson, New Jersey, would be one of movie highlights of the year? In his new film, independent American director Jim Jarmusch returns to the kind of minimalist work with which he made his name 30 years ago — films such as Stranger than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986) and Mystery Train (1989). Paterson is a film in which conventional narrative is shunted aside in favour of detailed character observation; nothing “happens”, in a traditional sense, yet everything happens.
From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of
family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of
rural New Zealand in the 1960s.
John Collee (screenplay), Witi Ihimaera (novel)
Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning Mahana is the story of a powerful rivalry between two Maori
families who make their living as shearers around Gisborne, on the east
coast of the north island, in the early 1960s. In the history of Maori
films, it is a landmark – it succeeds as an engrossing narrative on a
grand scale about quotidian lives. It's neither paean to Maori
spirituality (although there is a little of that), nor a film about the
white oppression of Maori culture (although there's a little of that
too). So much for what it isn't. What it is is a complete and convincing
world, rooted in its own time and soil and way of thinking.
Summertime (La Belle Saison) presents a well-acted, beautifully framed period romance that offers a refreshing perspective on its era in the bargain.
A young woman (Izia Higelin) moves from the French countryside to
Paris and begins a passionate love affair with a feminist leader (Cecile
de France) in this drama set in 1970s France. Catherine Corsini
Rating:not yet rated
Genre:Art House & International,
Directed By:Catherine Corsini
Written By:Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss
"The film is distinguished by magnificent photography by Jeanne Lapoirie
and by the insightful screenplay by the director and Laurette Polmanss.
It's enjoying a very limited cinema release, but is well worth checking
David Stratton, The Australian 16 Sept 2016.
hearing the news, ex-pat Tomás flies from Canada to Madrid to spend
four days with his old friend Julián. In terms of plot there’s some
bickering about the past plus a day-trip to Amsterdam to visit Julián’s
son, and that’s about it. But don’t be dissuaded, Truman offers much,
This is a film about the troublesome mechanics of
friendship, of ageing and the inevitability of dying. Foremost it’s
about being human, about courage and generosity. And that’s what makes
it so warm. At the centre of the film are two knockout performances by
two of the best actors working in Spain - Javier Cámara (Talk To Her) and Ricardo Darín (Wild Tales).
There’s not a moment in this film that doesn’t ring true as they
reconnect the past and set about the business of the present.
not exactly easy business either as Julián finalises his will, draws a
line on how much hospital intervention he wants (none), prepares funeral
arrangements and most significantly, tries to find a new home for
Truman the dog who will certainly outlive his owner. With Tomás looking
on as non-judgementally as he can, his friend defies convention to
define the terms of his own mortality. Gutsy stuff. Provocative too.
Yet despite the rather dark world of Truman,
the film beats with a surprisingly sunny and uplifting heart. Director
Cesc Gay sees to that, a writer with past form revealing middle-aged
men. He avoids the mawkish and the sentimental to create memorable
characters who quietly deal with what needs to be done, and
paradoxically find a way to enjoy themselves doing it. These are men
firmly in touch with their emotions but there’s no renting of cloth and
barely a tear (on screen at least) as they face the simple reality that
their time – notably Julián’s – is coming to a close. Therein the
courage, the generosity and power of Truman; an often funny film that shows how bitter-sweet enriches all our lives.
// COLIN FRASER
Previewed at Verona Cinemas, Sydney, on 28 July 2016
STARRINGRicardo Darín Javier Cámara Dolores Fonzi DIRECTOR Cesc Gay WRITER Cesc Gay COUNTRY Spain (subtitles) CLASSIFICATIONMA15+ RUNTIME108 minutes
Pics and Flicks has chosen an award-winning Colombian film to begin our 17th year of great films at Gerringong Town Hall.
Embrace of The Serpent
Inspired by the real-life journals of Theodor Koch-Grunberg
(portrayed by Jan Bijvoet) and Richard Evans Schultes (Brionne Davis),
the film charts each man’s treacherous and life-changing journey. Though
decades apart, both are guided through the labyrinthine rivers and
jungles by the same native shaman, Karamakate (Nilbio Torres, and later
Antonio Bolivar Salvado Yangiama), the last surviving member of his
tribe, who takes them deeper and deeper into a heart of darkness.
Recalling such visionary films as Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God,
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT grips with suspense and revelation as it
meditates on both the beauty of nature and the devastating impact of
colonial interference on native culture. The spectacular widescreen
black and white cinematography and evocative sound design combine to
depict the landscapes and characters with an hypnotic, mythical sense of
At once blistering and poetic, EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is truly a
one-of-a-kind accomplishment with a power described by several critics
as ‘Kubrickian’. It demands to be experienced on the big-screen.
El abrazo de la serpiente Director: Ciro Guerra Cast: Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar Salvado Yangiama, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis Duration: 124 mins Country of Origin: Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina
Mature themes and violence
★★★★1/2 “Something magical. One of the most beautiful films in a long time.
Guerra directs the film with great clarity. The river sequences are
simply awesome, in the beauty and power of the settings, and in David
Gallego’s majestic cinematography. It is a lament for what has been lost
in the Amazon, and an eye-opener for what is still there. A major
Paul Byrnes, SMH/THE AGE And don't forget our survey We want to know which movies you enjoyed during 2016, which you didn't
like as much, and what you would be interested in seeing.
closes Tuesday 31 January 2017.
tap on this link and rank each film that you saw. There is also space
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