Reviews from 01/2017

A Man and a Woman

film reviewed by Rob Mason on 25 January 2017

A Man and a Woman

A Man and a Woman (French: Un homme et une femme) is a 1966 French film, written by Claude Lelouch and Pierre Uytterhoeven, and directed by Lelouch. It is notable for its lush photography (Lelouch had a background in advertising photography), which features frequent segues between full colour, black-and-white, and sepia-toned shots, and for its memorable musical score by Francis Lai. The film had a total of 4,272,000 admissions in France and was the 6th highest grossing film of the year. The film is about a man and a woman falling in love; Jean-Louis…Read

Not Here to be Loved

film reviewed by Rob Mason on 19 January 2017

“Not here to be loved” is a carefully crafted art film that is intrinsically linked to the music of the Tango. It involves a younger woman Francoise (Anne Consigny) who is attracted to an older man, Jean-Claude (Patrick Chesnais)

Francoise is preparing to get married to a writer: Thierry (Lionel Abelanski) and is attending Tango classes for her wedding party, coincidently she meets Jean-Claude whom she knows from the past and who is at the dance studio to benefit from the physical activity involved in dancing. During the class and despite the age…Read

Shirley Valentine

reviewed by Rob Mason on 17 January 2017

Shirley Valentine is a stay-at-home British housewife who has fallen into a dull routine with her life and in her spare moments philosophises about how this has come about. She has no career and has been dependent on her husband and two children along with a few neighbours for all her interest and conversation.  However, her two children have now moved out of the house and her husband, Joe is more interested in the business he runs than what Shirley is doing.  However, an incident arises that becomes the catalyst for change. It occurs one evening before…Read

The Reader

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 2 January 2017

The Reader Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of post-war Germany. When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence,…Read

Bread and Tulips

film reviewed by Rob Mason on 2 January 2017

The theme of this movie is about human relationships and how a wife discovers that her husband no longer has the same feeling for her that he once did.  The husband, wife and Mimmo's mistress in this movie are: Mimmo Barletta (Antonio Catania)

Rosalba Barletta: Mimmo's accordian playing wife (Licia Maglietta)

Ketty: Mimmo's mistress (Vitalba Andrea) 

Rosalba: married at 21 but now in her late 40’s with two teenage sons 18 and 16 is no longer happy. She is vague and uncertain …Read