torek, 17. januar 2017

Tallulah (2016)



Slo naslov: -
Država: ZDA
Jezik: Angleščina
Leto: 2016
Dolžina: 111' ,  Imdb
Žanri: Drama, Komedija, Romantični
Slo recenzija: -
Režija: Sian Heder
Scenarij: Sian Heder
Igrajo: Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit, Uzo Aduba, David Zayas

[ENG]


Writer/director Sian Heder has made a name for herself as a creative force on the hit Netflix show, “Orange is the New Black.” Pouring her experience on the gritty program into her helming debut, Heder issues “Tallulah,” a troublesome tale of purpose discovered and grief gradually confronted. Although it welcomes viewers with moments of quirk and comforting catharsis, the feature is actually quite disturbing, challenging Heder to locate a way to embrace difficult characterization and still keep the audience interested in the unfolding drama. Heder gets it mostly right, with “Tallulah” largely engrossing and impeccably acted, watching stars Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Tammy Blanchard create living, breathing people who aren’t easy to watch, yet it’s hard to ignore their fascinating surges of pain. 

Tallulah, or Lu (Ellen Page), is vagabond in a van, traveling around the country with boyfriend Nico (Evan Jonigkeit), who’s growing tired of the grind, asking his love to try stability for a change. Refusing to comply, Lu is left on her own, working up the nerve to plant herself in New York City. Roaming around a hotel, Lu is mistaken for staff by Carolyn (Tammy Blanchard), immediately put in charge of her toddler, Madison (Liliana and Evangeline Ellis), while the disoriented mom buries herself in depression and destructive behavior. Lu, recognizing a dangerous situation, takes Madison out of harm’s way, kidnapping the child, bringing her to Nico’s mother, Margo (Allison Janney), who’s dealing with her own issues tied to a complicated divorce. Claiming Madison is Nico’s baby, Lu soon bonds with Margo as they work on their issues. Back at the hotel, Carolyn is a wreck, turning to the NYPD for help retrieving her daughter. [Blu-ray.com]

[RT Critics Consensus]


Tallulah's narrative insight, thoughtfully written characters, and talented cast add up to an absorbing family drama that transcends genre tropes and capably overcomes its flirtations with melodrama.

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ponedeljek, 16. januar 2017

Kaze ni tatsu raion (2015)

aka The Lion Standing in the Wind


Slo naslov: -
Angleški naslov:The Lion Standing in the Wind
Država: Japonska
Jezik: Japonščina, Angleščina
Leto: 2015
Dolžina: 139',  Imdb
Žanri: Drama
Slo recenzija: -
Režija: Takashi Miike
Scenarij: Hiroshi Saito, Masashi Sada (zgodba)
Igrajo: Osawa Takao, Satomi Ishihara, Yoko Maki, Ayako Fujitani, Yôko Maki, Ryôhei Suzuki

[ENG]


The inspiring true story of a Japanese doctor and his devotion to saving lives in Kenya.

Lion Standing in the Wind is based on a real story and chronicles the inspirational life of Dr Koichiro Shimada who sets off to Kenya to serve as a medical doctor. In a turn of events, he finds himself stationed in a hospital in Lokichogio in the heart of the Kenyan conflict. Witnessing death and the grim reality of child soldiers rocks him to the core and propels him on a path that he did not expect. He abandons his life in Japan and devotes himself to saving lives in Kenya.

Released in March this year, this candid drama is the latest instalment from the prolific director Takashi Miike, usually known for his ultra-violent and outrageous works (As the Gods Will, Ichi the Killer).

Based on the novel Kaze Ni Tatsu Lion (The Lion Standing in the Wind) by Masashi Sada. The novel itself is based on the song Kaze ni Tatsu Lion, also by Sada, which was inspired by love letters written by the real-life Dr Koichiro Shibata, who ran a mobile clinic in Kenya.

The catalyst for this adaptation was actor Osawa Takao, who was so moved by the song that he urged the songwriter to adapt the song into a novel, and then a film. Osawa went on to star as Dr Shibata in the film adaptation.  [Japanese Film Festival]


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nedelja, 15. januar 2017

American Honey (2016)


Slovenski naslov: Ameriška ljubica
Država: VB, ZDA
Jezik: Angleščina
Leto: 2016
Dolžina: 163',  Imdb
Žanri: Drama
Slo recenzija: Filmoljub, RTV SLO MMC
Režija: Andrea Arnold
Scenarij: Andrea Arnold
Igrajo: Sasha Lane, Riley Keough, Shia LaBeouf, McCaul Lombardi, Arielle Holmes, Crystal B. Ice, Verronikah Ezell, Chad McKenzie Cox

Via Liffe

[SLO]

Prvi ameriški film britanske cineastke Andree Arnold; v njen naturalistični slog se je tokrat ujel tudi igralski ekscentrik Shia LaBeouf.

Star je ameriška najstnica, ki prihaja iz težavne družine, zato se odloči zbežati od doma. Pridruži se skupini mladih vrstnikov, ki se prevažajo od enega mesta do drugega in od vrat do vrat prodajajo naročnine na revije. Star si poskuša najti prostor v novi družbi in odkriva drugačen življenjski slog, poln divjih zabav in izmikanja družbenim pravilom. V skupini pa vendarle največ časa preživi s privlačnim, izkušenim Jakom, s katerim spozna neustavljivo moč najstniške ljubezni. 

Pred nekaj leti sem v New York Timesu prebrala članek o življenju in svetu teh ljudi, ki od vrat do vrat prodajajo naročnine na revije. V ZDA v resnici še obstaja veliko teh skupin. Ne gre za revije brezdomcev, kot je v Angliji Big Issue, ali ljudi, ki te ustavljajo, da bi ti prodali kaj v dobrodelne namene. V ZDA pravzaprav ne kupiš revije; kupiš osebo, ki ti revijo proda. /.../ Gre za nekakšno subkulturo, ki sem jo upodobila z dodatkom svoje domišljije. (Andrea Arnold)

[ENG]

The first American film by British filmmaker Andrea Arnold; this time it is the eccentric acting talent, Shia LaBeouf, who tries his hand at the director's naturalistic style.

Star, a teenage girl from a troubled home, runs away with a travelling sales crew who drive across the American Midwest selling magazine subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, she soon gets into the group's lifestyle of hard-partying nights and law-bending days. Captivated by the attractive, experienced Jake, Star learns about the powers of young love.

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Frank & Lola (2016)



Slo naslov: -
Država: ZDA
Jezik: Angleščina
Leto: 2016
Dolžina: 88',  Imdb
Žanri: Drama, Misterij
Slo recenzija: -
Režija: Matthew Ross
Scenarij: Matthew Ross
Igrajo: Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots, Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Stella Schnabel, Rosanna Arquette, Emmannuelle Devos

[ENG]


FRANK & LOLA is a psychosexual noir love story set in Las Vegas and Paris about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and ultimately the search for redemption. Matthew Ross’ debut feature stars Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots as a couple that builds an intense relationship that saves each other from their mutual despair, but begins to crack as a man from Lola’s past temps her future with Frank.


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A haunting dissection of male jealousy…Other films have focused on sexual jealousy, but Ross and Shannon probe deeper than most into the poisonous, compulsive nature of male suspicion…Ross has described Frank & Lola as a neo-noir, and it does deserve comparison with similarly dark character studies (such as Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place) from Hollywood’s golden age of noir. This movie casts a troubling spell. [Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter]


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sobota, 14. januar 2017

D'Ardennen (2015)

aka The Ardennes


Slo naslov: -
Angleški naslov: The Ardennes
Država: Belgija
Jezik: Flamščina, francoščina
Leto: 2015
Dolžina: 96' ,  Imdb
Žanri: Drama, Krimi
Slo recenzija: -
Režija: Robin Pront
Scenarij:Jeroen Perceval, Robin Pront
Igrajo: Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens, Jan Bijvoet, Sam Louwyck

[ENG]


A brutal homejacking goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth where ever possible, but is witnessing how the highly strung Kenneth tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie.

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Pity the filmgoer who expects the Dardenne brothers when meeting the brothers of “The Ardennes,” a Belgian Christmas story in which sibling betrayal is resolved in increasingly brutal fashion. Closer to the absurdism of Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”) than to some of first-time feature helmer Robin Pront’s acknowledged models (Tarantino, the Coens), the movie is slow to reveal its nastier elements, appearing for two-thirds of its running time to be merely an absorbing, low-key drama about a troubled family reuniting after one son’s release from prison. Given an abrupt, ill-modulated shift into Grand Guignol territory in its last third, this off-putting debut seems unlikely to be a breakout on the order of Oscar nominee “Bullhead,” with which it shares several key collaborators. [Ben Kenigsberg, Variety]


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petek, 13. januar 2017

Blue Jay (2016)


Slo naslov: -
Država: ZDA
Jezik: Angleščina
Leto: 2016
Dolžina: 80',  Imdb
Žanri: Drama 
Slo recenzija: -
Režija: Alexandre Lehmann
Scenarij: Mark Duplass
Igrajo: Mark Duplass, Sarah Paulson, Clu Gulager

[ENG]


Former high school sweethearts Jim (Mark Duplass) and Amanda (Sarah Paulson) have been out of touch for more than 20 years - but by sheer coincidence, they run into each other at a grocery store back in their alpine hometown of Crestline, California. Jim's mother has died and he's here to put her house on the market. Amanda is visiting her pregnant sister. They get to talking, first over coffee, then over beer and jellybeans. Before they know it they're at Jim's mother's house, where everything sends them spiraling back into the past.

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Though the film largely trains on the simple, dialogue-fueled interaction of two people, it feels more spectacular than theatrical, showcasing the acting prowess of two master performers feeding on mutual chemistry and performative bravado.[Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly]

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četrtek, 12. januar 2017

Chronic (2015)


Slo naslov: -
Država: Mehika, Francija
Jezik: Angleščina
Leto: 2015
Dolžina: 93' ,  Imdb
Žanri: Drama
Slo recenzija: -
Režija: Michel Franco
Scenarij: Michel Franco
Igrajo: Tim Roth, David Dastmalchian, Elizabeth Tulloch, Michael Cristofer

[ENG]

Oscar nominee Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight, Selma) is David, a nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated, he develops strong and intimate relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work, David is struggling with an ongoing burden of guilt and remorse. As the weight becomes unbearable, David must face his past in order to heal. Winner of the 2015 Cannes Best Screenplay award, Chronic is an enigmatic and deeply moving character study from Mexican auteur Michel Franco (After Lucia). Poignant and reflective, but also unsentimental and challenging in its intriguing moral dimensions, it features a career-best performance from Roth as a man at the end of his emotional tether.

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It's a stinker of an ending tacked on to a disappointing third act (which is at least lifted up by Bartlett's performance), and it's a shame because so much of what went on before was so good: a tender, unsentimental, unexploitative look at an existence that all too many people have, and what it is to be someone who looks after them. [Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist]

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The Accountant (2016)


Slovenski naslov: Računovodja
Država: ZDA
Jezik: Angleščina
Leto: 2016
Dolžina: 128', Imdb
Žanri: Akcija, Krimi, Drama 
Slo recenzija: Filmoljub, Mladina, Filmstart

Režija: Gavin O'Connor
Scenarij: Bill Dubuque
Igrajo: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jean Smart, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow

[SLO]

Via Kolosej

Matematični genij Christian Wolff (oskarjevec Ben Affleck) ima raje številke kot ljudi. Pod krinko računovodskega podjetja v manjšem mestu opravlja knjigovodske posle za nekatere najhujše zločinske organizacije. Ker ga preverja inšpektorat ministrstva za finance pod vodstvom Rayja Kinga (oskarjevec J.K. Simmons), Christian prevzame še »normalno«, torej v očeh zakona neoporečno stranko: podjetje za najsodobnejšo robotiko, kjer je mlada računovodkinja (Anna Kendrick) v poslovodnih knjigah odkrila neujemanje, ki dosegajo milijonske vsote. Christian razvozla knjige in je vse bliže resnici, pri tem pa začne levo in desno naraščati število trupel…

[ENG]
Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

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sreda, 11. januar 2017

Mu-roe-han (2015)

aka The Shameless


Slo naslov: -
Angleški naslov: The Shameless
Država: Južna Koreja
Jezik: Korejščina
Leto: 2015
Dolžina: 118' ,  Imdb
Žanri: Krimi, Drama
Slo recenzija: -
Režija: Oh Seung-Uk
Scenarij: Oh Seung-Uk
Igrajo: Jeon Do-Yeon, Kim Nam-Gil, Park Sung-Woong, Kim Min-Jae, Kwak Do-Won

[ENG]


Homicide detective Jung Jae-gon is chasing after a suspect of a murder case . He knew his suspect would get in touch with his lover Kim Hye-kyung, who is a madam at a third-rate bar. Jung goes undercover as the suspect's former cellmate and becomes the floor manager at the bar where Kim works, and watches her every move. But as Jung spends more time with her, he feels strange sense of guilt and his resolve to catch the suspect is shaken. Having dedicated his life to police work, Jung doesn't understand the feeling he feels towards Kim. On the other hand, Kim waits tirelessly for her lover to come back to her, but she begins to open up to Jung, who is always by her side. [Festival de Cannes]


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A cop gets entangled with a bar madam he uses as bait to hunt down a murderer in “The Shameless,” a stylish film noir that owes its mood of slow-burning heartbreak to the masterful performance of female lead Jeon Do-yeon. Helmer-scribe Oh Seung-uk, an accomplished screenwriter who contributed to the first Korean Wave, evokes the futile longings of low-life misfits in a seedy world of corrupt police and dirty corporate businessmen in coolly executed, well-calibrated style. A  mellow pleasure to be slowly savored, this polished work should be welcomed at festivals and will slot nicely into Euro arthouse niches. [Maggie Lee, Variety]

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torek, 10. januar 2017

The Girl on the Train (2016)



Slo naslov: Dekle na vlaku
Država: ZDA
Jezik: Angleščina
Leto: 2016
Dolžina: 112',  Imdb
Žanri: Drama, Misterij, Triler
Slo recenzija: Mladina, RTV SLO MMC, Filmstart
Režija: Tate Taylor
Scenarij: Erin Cressida, Paula Hawkins (knjiga)
Igrajo: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans

[SLO]

Via Kolosej


Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), ki si skuša opomoči po nedavni ločitvi in nekako zapolniti svoje prazne dni, se vsak delovnik z vlakom prevaža z Manhattna in nazaj, molče zreč skozi okno. Sleherno jutro in sleherni večer obuja spomine na dom – mimo katerega pelje njen vlak – v katerem je nekoč živela s svojim možem Tomom (Justin Theroux), ki tam zdaj živi z novo soprogo Anno (Rebecca Ferguson) in njunim otročičkom.
Da se zamoti in pozabi, kako ima njeno življenje čedalje manj pomena, se Rachel osredotoči na prebivalce še ene hiše na poti, na ulici Beckett št. 15, nekaj hiš naprej od njenega nekdanjega doma. Na tem naslovu – ne zavedajoč se, da ju hrepeneče opazuje popolna neznanka – na videz popolni zakonski par Megan (Haley Bennett) in Scott (Luke Evans) živi svoje predmestno življenje.
Med krepkimi požirki alkohola, ki je postal njen stalni spremljevalec, Rachel več mesecev krade poglede na prelepo Megan in postavnega Scotta, ki pred oknom srkata jutranji kavi in se ob večerih brezbrižno smejita na svoji verandi, pri tem pa si zamišlja, v kako idealnem svetu bržkone živita. Na videz brezskrbna žena je slika tistega, kar si je Rachel trudila biti v zakonu s Tomom; v zakonu, ki ga nikakor ne more pustiti za seboj.
Nekega dne je na poti v mesto Rachel priča dogodku na dvorišču opazovanega zakonskega para, ki jo pretrese do kosti. Kmalu zatem Megan izgine in je domnevno mrtva. Rachel policiji pove, kaj je videla – oziroma kaj misli, da je videla. Toda ali sploh lahko verjame tistemu, kar misli, da je videla, ali pa je v zločin preveč vpletena tudi sama? Ko voajerka prestopi nevarno mejo med zaskrbljenostjo in obsedenostjo, bo bodisi našla morilca… ali pa odkrila, da ima na rokah nedolžno kri.

[ENG]


The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. [Imdb]


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