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Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016) by Sharon Maguire

Bridget Jones is the old spinster we know. This time over 40, however, managed to reach perfect weight over the years. This film is a drift from Helen Fielding’s book “Mad About the Boy”, where Mark Darcy is dead and Bridget is widowed with two kids.

Here Mark Darcy is alive and kicking with second (sic!) wife with the looks of a clothes rack. And we all meet at Daniel Cleaver’s (sic!) memorial… Jokes aside – supposedly Hugh Grant wasn’t going to participate in this project. He is replaced by the one and only Dr. McDreamy (it seems, one more time Helen Fielding got to have a silver screen crush into her stories – well done M’am!).

One incredible addition here is that Emma Thompson (herself!) has been invited to collaborate on the writing team. As a result (chicken and egg problem, not sure what came first – the role, or her writing?) – we have received an amazing comic role of renowned actress as Bridget’s OB. Amazing dialogues! Great experience.

What I like about this film – we have wrinkled romance. Apparently people in their 40’s and 50’s also fall in love, and know how to laugh at themselves. Having gained so much distance over the years definitely helps. I love this new Bridget. Perhaps now more, than ever before. Great stuff!

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10.000 km by Carlos Marques-Marcet (2014)

A simple film with two characters of a long time couple whose lives get to be changed because of the woman’s scholarship in far California.

Calm and wise story proving that distance doesn’t matter – if something isn’t right, physical closeness or physical distance won’t change anything.

The story would probably end up the same way if one of the character didn’t move across the globe but say begin to work harder and be more absent in the house.

Universal truth is that sometimes we keep being with someone just for the sake of it. Because of being accustomed to them and everyday life together. And sometimes it just doesn’t work.

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La tendresse (2013) by Marion Hänsel #WFF2013

Belgian road movie – focusing on the lives of one family. The parents have been divorced for several years but they both travel to bring their son back from Alps after a skiing accident disabling him from driving back home. They need to go together as one of them will need to drive back the minivan from Alps.
What has rarely been presented in European cinema – the relationship between former couple is warm, friendly and quite comfortable. The dialogues focus on little things they reminisce upon, on old stories they both can relate to and the obvious affection they both share towards their only son.
A lovely depiction of tenderness.

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After Fall, Winter by Eric Schaeffer

Man of all trades: writer, director and main star of the film Mr Eric Schaeffer made this film as a sequel to 1997 Fall.

I haven’t seen the first part, but according to their creator the two are very loosely connected.

It is a very shakespearean drama with a cathartic (?) ending. Good performance of the leading actress Lizzie Brocheré.

It’s a nice story with a nasty ending. Worth a watch although viewers must be warned there are a lot of non-traditional sex behaviours depicted. The film is long but does not feel long as the plot grasps the audiences’ attention till the last minute.

Not my taste but this is a well-done piece of work.

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Norwegian Wood by Anh Hung Tran

A true festival gem. Projecting on 35mm brings the audience closer to traditional cinema formats. Fantastic lighting, cinematography, playing with focus, filming at times in counterdirection regarding the actual movement of the action.

The soundtrack contains The Beatles Norwegian Wood but also The Doors Indian Summer ballad.

The film is unbearable for those used to main stream Hollywood cinema and a true gem to film festival goers who are used to a slower pace of the Asian cinema and can appreciate its charm.

The story is touching and beautifully filmed. Six stars out of six for those connaisseurs among the audiences. A long, slow peaceful love story at times painfully truthful.

An amazing, beautiful film.

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