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…

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…

(de)construct

(de)construct

Watch us speak, watch us, hear us. We do, uncomfortable, though, it sometimes is, in Cera Maree Brown’s staging of her rich yet delicate play, whose title conjures the addressing of one’s multitude of selves, in order, perhaps, to define our authentic nature. Four young people embark on a series of body movements in an expression…

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel

“Did she? Didn’t she? Who is to blame?” asks pensive Philip (Sam Claflin), in the prologue of My Cousin Rachel, the latest feature by Roger Michell (Notting Hill), through which this sense of amorphous uncertainty shall resonate to the end. Each time Philip thinks he knows, something or somebody pulls the scenario out of shape. Here,…

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea

Arresting in its stillness, washed either in the liquid colours of sail and sky or in brooding winter greyness, Manchester by the Sea feels in many places like a gallery of photography exhibits. There is not a stir in the clouds nor movement in the waters. Boats moored at the dock appear as if they’ve been…

Jackie

Jackie

In a poem Elizabeth Bishop says: the art of losing isn’t hard to master. But it seems the art of making a masterwork on loss may be harder than that. The mystery surrounding Jacqueline Kennedy, particularly her experience immediately following the assassination of her husband, whose broken head she cradled in her lap, has fascinated…

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

Toggling between the breathtaking high-ceiling-and-glass architecture in Los Angeles and the dry, dusty Texan brushland Nocturnal Animals places art and life on a collision course, freighted with retaliation and regret. It is the explicit imagery sparked on impact, however, that suffocates of nuance and enticing ambiguity this feature by Tom Ford. Susan (Amy Adams), an accomplished…