Search for truth in German epic by Richard Jones

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A look at Never Look Away (M)

As a lover of films depicting actual historical events the latest Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck opus was always going to be on my ‘must-see’ list. After all his epic award-winning story of life for East Germans behind the Berlin wall in the mid-1980s, depicted in The Lives Of Others, was a masterpiece. Continue reading

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Is love-struck physicist a dangerous spy by Richard Jones

RedJoanA look at Red Joan (M)

It seems incredible in this day and age that a former Soviet spy living in retirement in a beautiful London suburban street would only be taken in for questioning half-a-century after forwarding secrets to Moscow. Continue reading

How long before combustion takes place by Richard Jones

BurningA look at Burning (M)

Korean writer-director Lee Chang-dong seems to be very keen on themes of class division and resentment. He’s noted for his works on these topics, particularly in his published works as he follows would-be writers on their quests for publication. Here Lee features his protagonist Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) who is forced to lead a hand-to-mouth existence in Seoul even though he actually lives in a lower-class rural setting. Continue reading