The Childhood of Jesus

JM Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus is a cryptic tale set in Novilla, a city populated by people who have accepted the chance to live. Upon arrival residents are given new names and washed of their memories. Life is sustained on an appetite of asceticism; and hunger, like desires and impulse, is regarded as “a dog in…

The One

The One

A man (Mark Storen) and a woman (Georgia King) encounter each other following “a summer of break-ups” when after a long time they find themselves single again. They make conversation, make love, fall in love. Soon, it has been two years since the nameless couple lived together, and things seem to be going well. Then,…

Hampstead

Hampstead

In Hampstead acting veteran Diane Keaton plays Emily, a recent-widow in late middle-age, whose only inheritance is a tower of debt and bitter memories of her husband’s infidelity. She has an adult-son, Philip (James Norton), who holds his deceased father in high-esteem, something Emily never tries to blemish. Emily lives evasively: despite her financial woes, she maintains…

Kiki, Love to Love

Kiki, Love to Love

Bursting with colours of grapefruit flesh and fig, and moving to the vigorous rhythm of copulating wildlife, Kiki, Love to Love is like a collection of sensual frames from several dramas: scenes meant to be reprieves from main plots to delve into characters’ intimate moments, or distractions of yearning moods. Only, here, these distractions are in…

A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story

“… the reason for living [is] to get ready to stay dead a long time.” says William Faulkner, in his novel As I Lay Dying. This may perhaps be what David Lowery is driving at with his latest feature. A poem to human connection and legacy A Ghost Story powerfully evokes the notion that the sense of…

Mirror's Edge

Mirror's Edge

“Who am I?” asks Kai (Rebecca Poynton), if internally to herself. An otherwise quintessential Aussie but for her yellow skin, the Melburnian arrives at Lake Tyrrell in the regional town of Sea Lake, angry and embittered by prejudices she has had to endure in a white country. Here, she encounters motel-operator, Leanne (Rachel Shrives), an…

A Quiet Passion

A Quiet Passion

Resistance vibrates right from the outset in the beautiful and plangent movie A Quiet Passion. There is, in the central character, little by way of subordination to religious authority. Stubbornly, social convention is questioned and subverted. And, gender stereotyping opens a new war to be waged in the frontiers of the 19th-century milieu. In other words,…