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The Wellington Film Society, Embassy, Monday 1 March at 6.15pm,
I Am Love (Luca Guadagnino, Italy 2009).
Watching this lush, operatic Italian drama about a clannish family of wealthy Milanese industrialists is like suddenly being exposed to a full orchestra. It's an exquisite, all-enveloping feast of sensual pleasures. It's almost certainly the most elegant piece of cinema you'll see this year. Tilda Swinton is magnificent as Emma Recchi, the Russian-born wife of the heir to the Recchi business, Tancredi. Initially we don't even realise that Swinton's character is the centre of the story. Reserved, somewhat aloof, she seems to be just another polished, precious gem in the Recchi collection. But a fateful encounter with a handsome young chef and his sublime cooking gradually awakens the young girl who has been dormant since Emma left Russia to be Tancredi's wife. Guadagnino references both Visconti and Hitchcock as the saga unfolds, but his voice is original and his vision utterly compelling.
- Wendy Ide, The Times.
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BILLIE EILISH: THE WORLD'S A LITTLE BLURRY -
World-wide release in selected cinemas and on-line this week. No reviews. The film reveals the behind the scenes creation process of Eilish's debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
BOSS LEVEL -
Joe Carnahan's film is an exercise in pure machismo and blockbuster thrills. Popcorn guns-to-the-wall entertainment in extremis. Attempts at emotional depth are plumbed into the final third of the film, but by then, it's too little too late. Undeniably fun - in a disposable yet entertaining 90 minutes almost comic book package.
Also Empire, Readings, Monterey and Coastlands.
DEMON SLAYER: MUGEN TRAIN -
As a film adaptation, this follows the manga almost beat by beat. As such, manga readers coming to the film adaptation won't face too many surprises, beyond being amazed by the frankly spectacular animation by Ufotable. They have truly outdone themselves with this film and it's clear that they've gotten even better since the anime series, with dynamic battle scenes filled with great storyboarding.
Also Roxy, Lighthouse Cuba, Reading Porirua and Coastlands.
THE FOOD CLUB -
Three older woman, friends since high-school, haven't been there for one another lately. When one learns her husband has been having an affair, the women rally round and decide that the best thing for it is distraction - namely a week long cooking course in Italy. Growing older, the film says, is no less scary or painful or exciting whether you're 16 or 60. Food can help, friendship helps more.
Actors Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth have been friends for 20 years and that is plainly evident watching them play longtime lovers in this wrenchingly beautiful film.
Writer-director Harry Macqueen's script is as spare and natural as the setting - England's Lake District, with its ancient stone walls and rolling misty green countryside.
Also Lighthouse, Coastlands and Shoreline.
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