COLETTE (2018)

A film by  Wash Westmoreland

Cast:  Keira Knightley, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West 

ColetteSidonie-Gabrielle Colette, 28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954) was a French author and woman of letters nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948; also known as a mime, actress, and journalist. Here is her life story.

The real Colette in Paris.

Well first I thought the French cinema would at least make the picture but instead it is a US / British film. We begin the story with young Colette who is barely out of high school where she meets the man named Willy Dominic West. The relationship soon flourishes and they are to be married. She finds herself form the country to Paris in the middle of the art community. You see Willy is a writer well not really he tells writers to write the story that he wants him to write. Soon he can’t afford them so he tells Colette to write about her friend she went to school with. It soon becomes the best seller in France and Willy is praised for his book that he put his name to it. Soon after Willy ask her to write a sequel about Claudine. Back then it is a man world and women couldn’t be author. Of course comes the affairs from willy and the fact that Colette wants to become more independent. So she demand that her novel have her name on it as an author.

The film shows the struggle that a woman writer has back in the late 1800’s in the belle époque which the director as so beautifully put together. The chemistry of both actors is amazing and so is their acting. By the way Colette was most widely known for her 1944 novel Gigi (1944).

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THE SQUARE (2017)

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A film by Ruben Östlund

Cast: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West

Sweden’s Ruben Östlund makes a comeback, this time in the Competition selection, with a film punctuated at the inequality of the civilisation with some of the strangest scenes.

Christian (Claes Bang) who plays a museum director who’s life is disturbed when he is the victim of a crime. The film is dry, satirical and  a dark comedy that is totally unique. A little warning due to the fact that this film is a little strange it is going to be a hard sell in the US and some of you might love it or hate it. The film puts Christian through essentially a series of skits which are alternately thought-provoking, shocking or delightfully made with awkwardness. It is about a man who is about to lose control of his life. The film is masterfully does not only become a satire of the modern art but also at life itself. When Christian gets into a series of gag some of the audience nervously was laughing or not at all. There are some disturbing scenes at times and you are going to wonder what the hell is going on in this guy life who somehow is going to be the hero of our story. If you like dark humour that is disturbing at time feel free to see this one.

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PRIDE (2014)

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A film by Matthew Warchus

Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West

As an account of the real-life 1984-85 alliance between the London fundraising group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) and the people of Onllwyn, a mining village in Wales’s Dulais Valley, this is base on a true story. The thing is it is a civil rights movement story but you add a gay activist civil rights movement than the studio goes we’ll pass. It is hard to make a film like that when you have so much against you. But it was done thanks to Matthew Warchus. You see you have this little village who are a bunch of miners back in 1984 they strike for one year to the day. So when the gay activists decided to raise money for the miners. The thing is will they accept the money knowing that it comes from?

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Here is a well made British film at his best, a comedy none of less, a great comedy. This is about acceptance and coming together who ever you are or what your belief is. You have this 20 years old kid Joe (George MacKay) who is a closet gay. No one in his family knows hi secret. He gets caught in a gay parade in the middle of it and meets Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) who is the leader of the group and later decide to raise money for the miners and form a group called LGSM (‘Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners’). Helping him are his assorted friends including gay couple Jonathan and Gethin (Dominic West and the brilliant Andrew  Scott), Mike (Joseph Gilgun), Jeff (Freddie Fox) and Steph (Faye Marsay). The funny thing is that the miners are a bunch of homophobic people. So the union wants nothing to do with them and their money. On the top of that back in the 80’s was the start of Aids, that was thrown in the film you ‘ll se why when you get a chance to see the film. a great performance by the actors and the cinematography is beautiful especially when they go to the village. This is not your mama and papa cinema but it is a great comedy and tell a part of history that happen in England back then.

Pride directed by Mathew Warchus

 

THE AWAKENING (2011)

A film by Nick Murphy.
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton.
In 1921, in London, the arrogant and skeptical Florence Cathcart is famous for exposing hoaxes and helping the police to arrest con artists. The stranger Robert Mallory tells her that the headmaster of a boarding school in Rookford had invited her to travel to Cumbria to investigate a ghost that is frightening the pupils to death. He also tells that many years ago there was a murder in the estate and recently pupil Walter Portman had died. The reluctant Florence finally accepts to go to Cumbria. On arrival, she is welcomed by governess Maud and the boy Thomas Hill. Soon Florence discovers what had happened to Walter and then the students, teachers and staff are released on vacation, and Florence remains alone with Robert, Maud and Tom in the school. Florence is ready to leave the boarding school when strange things happen, leaving Florence scared.
I like this one it is not too scary and not an horror film. It is well done nice story and well filmed. I love the cinematography in this one
. Rebecca Hall does a great job on this one. She nails it to a T. The film Has suspense and the camera moves well. tHos is an olsd fashion ghost story well told. I do not know if the critics liked it but I sure did. Basically when you are done watching this film you will say Yeah everybody has ghost in their closet.