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The Children Act

Thought-provoking and beautifully acted

(Edit) 25/01/2020

I thought this film would be a bit tedious but it was far from that. Emma Thompson gave a totally convincing portrayal of a driven professional so far wrapped up in her job she can't see her marriage crumbling. Spoiler alert. As the male lead was American I was expecting a happy ending - no. Don't watch it on your own (it gives rise to lots of questions) or if you're feeling sad (you'll feel even worse). I can't understand the largely negative views on this site. It was entertaining (not quite the right word) in the saddest and most profound way possible, dealing with some serious and important issues. The reason she walks home in the rain is that she is devastated, guilt-ridden and in a complete daze. When you're that upset you're not aware of physical pain, let alone hair in your eyes. Definitely worth watching - but stock up on the Kleenex beforehand.

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Frantz

Ingmar Bergman in colour

(Edit) 02/10/2017

This is a beautifully photographed and absorbing film. Some of it is in black and white but it doesn't have the austerity of a Bergman film and some of it is in colour. Fairly early on you realise where the film is going but this doesn't spoil your enjoyment. In many ways it is a very conventional film but still compelling to watch - so glad films like this are still being made: it's the opposite of a blockbuster.

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