Daily Archives: April 16, 2012

Without by Mark Jackson (2011)

A thriller set in a small community. A 19-year old Joslyn takes care after an elderly Frank, whose family goes away for a few days. No network coverage, no internet means that Joslyn has to learn how to live ‘without’ the elements that we usually take for granted. And Frank does not interact.

A very powerful film that will keep you in your seat until the last minutes. Great cinema.

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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller (2009)

A warm story of a perfect woman to whom the whole world turns in doubt – for help, piece of advice, good word. And she is always there for them. Pippa Lee is a cartoon wife taken straight from a 1950’s tale. Married to a much older husband, happy, smiling and never complaining. The illusion cracks gradually when she meets the neighbour’s prodigal son, when she finds out about her sleepwalking and when it turns out that her husband is cheating on her. Double parallel narrative of Pippa telling her life story in between the plot points builds to a cohesive and full picture of a perfect wife who has a past. That past turns out to be extremely different from the life she is leading so the obvious question arises – how will it resolve.

Great colours, set design, costumes, a well balanced story and a feel good film.

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Headhunters by Morten Tyldum (2011)

A Norwegian-German Action Crime Thriller. Cast with Scandinavian stars such as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Aksel Hennie. Only 100min long.

Great narration introducing the character with a voiceover, which does not always work. It works in this film. Although this may not be expected, as many plot points simply go wrong, but the main protagonist undergoes a catharsis and becomes a new person at the end of the film. It is a very successfully performed and written film with excellent pace, beautiful cinematography, tons of effects combining music with sound as well as absurd humour. Great watch.

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