31 March 2012
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Autumn is the prime time to hideaway in a cosy theatre and let the cinematic goodness unfold. Here are our picks of this month’s eclectic mix of thought provoking films that will most certainly satisfy your film cravings.
Director: Mateo Gil
Stars: Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega and Stephen Rea
Rating: M Violence & offensive language
Release date: 12 April
It’s been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In Blackthorn, Cassidy (Shepard) survived, and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the US and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. But when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega) derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid.
“Spanish director Mateo Gil reappraises the last desperado’s legend in a funny, violent examination of America and American cowboy films.” Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat
Rating: PG Low level offensive language
Release date: 19 April
This 2012 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film is a compelling drama set in contemporary Iran. Simply put, it is about the dissolution of a marriage, but really this film is so about much more. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents’ home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife’s absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. A brilliant, quietly insightful story.
“Dynamically shot and paced like a thriller, the film has the density and moral prickliness of a good novel.” Jon Frosch, The Atlantic
THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING
Director: Kirstin Marcon
Stars: Matt Whelan, Roxane Mesquida, Pana Hema-Taylor, Colin Moy
Censor’s rating: R16 – violence,offensive language, drug use & sex scenes
Release date: 26 Apr 2012
Shot across Europe and New Zealand, THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE DYING tells the tale of young and charming Michael, who learns he has just a few months to live. Determined to have the time of his life, Michael “borrows” the money raised for his treatment and heads overseas. He is determined to be carefree and irresponsible, with no ties or attachments, and everything goes as planned until he meets and falls in love with Sylvie, a beautiful and enigmatic young French woman. Adapted from the novel Seraphim Blues by Steven Gannaway, this is a dark but compelling insight into the life of a young man living on borrowed time.