2019 Film Reviews – 43: Happy End [dir. Michael Haneke; 2017]

You know you’re in Haneke Land when a film starts with a young girl using some anti-depressants to kill her pet hamster… and then decides to find out what effect an overdose would have on her mother. From that point onwards, it’s bleakness all the way. But I have a lot of time for the director’s acidic vision of the world, because he invariably presents … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 43: Happy End [dir. Michael Haneke; 2017]

2019 Film Reviews – 28: Western [dir. Valeska Grisebach; 2017]

This quiet, unassuming tale of a manual labourer from Germany feeling increasingly at home while working in a sleepy Bulgarian village comes with much critical acclaim, chiefly for its examination of masculinity and conflict. And while there’s no doubt that it features many admirable accomplishments – not least Meinhard Neumann’s understated central performance and the well-observed presentation of his graduation alienation from his compatriots – … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 28: Western [dir. Valeska Grisebach; 2017]

2019 Film Reviews – 20: Unacknowledged [dir. Michael Mazzola; 2017]

This is the stage in my ‘one-para review’ project where I inform you that not all the films I watch are my own choice. Some (like Looper from a weeks ago) are selections made by a close relative under the banner of a mini film club he and I have created (is a membership of two sufficient to call it a ‘club’?) with the rule … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 20: Unacknowledged [dir. Michael Mazzola; 2017]