Movie Review: Wren boys

Wren Boys, Harry Lighton’s tale of a very unlikely love from Cork, Ireland will be played during Session 2 on Saturday May 5th in the Grande Salle at the cinema les 7 Parnassiens, Paris. To begin, the opening scene starts with a catholic priest ushering the importance of tradition during his sermon, as the scene […]

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Movie Review: 6ate7

Set in the apartment of an Australian couple on the night of their seventh anniversary is 6ate7, a film to be featured in our festival on opening night. Directed by Maggie Kiley, this film follows Tim and Emma through what begins as a night of celebration of their time spent together. As the night progresses, […]

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Movie Review: The Guard

For this week’s world renowned ÉCU movie review, we have decided to venture back to the fargone year of 2011, to examine an under discussed event in world history: the release of The Guard, now known as Ireland’s most successful independent film of all time. The Guard revolves around a small, untroubled community within Connemara, […]

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Movie Review: Atlal

Recently released in French theaters, Djamel Kerkar’s Atlal (2016) is a rare documentary on the specter of Algeria’s Black Decade as it continues to haunt the country’s present landscape. When civil war broke out between the government and Islamist militants in the ‘90s, it left more than 200,000 dead in its wake. Today, images of […]

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Movie Review: Call Me By Your Name

“Call Me By Your Name” has been revered by critics and movie-lovers everywhere. James Ivory has won many an accolade (most recently an Oscar at last Sunday’s ceremony!) for penning its stunning script. Timothée Chalamet has received nothing but acclaim for his exceptional portrayal of the film’s protagonist “Elio”. So much so, you can barely […]

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Movie Review: Winter Brothers

Set in the dark bowels of Denmark’s rural limestone mines, Winter Brothers is a deeply weird and unsettling film about the beast of isolation. With brutality as its backdrop, it centers on two siblings: the skinny, sensitive, and unstable Emil who struggles for acceptance by his fellow miners, and the normal nondescript Johan, who blames […]

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Movie Review: Don’t Breathe.

It’s always satisfying to see when a low-budget movie is smashing the box office from its first day of release. DON’T BREATHE has no big stars, no fancy location and was made on a small budget, yet it surprised everyone. Although there is no clear recipe to success, like baking a cake, it always helps […]

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Movie Review: Phantom Thread

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s gothically-titled Phantom Thread, Daniel Day-Lewis plays a man as famously exacting as himself: a renowned dressmaker in ’50s London named Reynolds Woodcock. The actor’s approach to his work finds its supreme outlet in the meticulous couturier, whose methods are likewise torturous even as they guarantee his exquisite creations. Anderson’s film dissects Woodcock’s creative genius with Hitchcockian coldness, […]

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Movie Review: Lady Bird.

As a huge Greta Gerwig fan, I am not surprised that I liked “Lady Bird”. However even I am surprised, despite my extreme partiality for this actress-turned-writer-turned-director, about how much I actually loved it. During the course of the film, we follow a year in the life of Christine Mcpherson aka “Lady Bird” (that is […]

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Movie Review: Polisse

When I watched “Polisse” a few years ago, it took me a long time to get it out of my head. The story centres on a group of French police officers working in a child protection unit and shows how their work affects them psychologically. Admittedly, the film’s content is very hard-hitting, but if you think you can stomach […]

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Movie Review: On the Beach At Night Alone

  Art and life have overlapped in the cinema many a time, but rarely do they achieve the proximity one finds in Hong Sang-soo’s latest work On the Beach at Night Alone. In response to the obsessive media coverage in South Korea of his affair with actress Kim Min-hee, Hong has crafted a film-confession in […]

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Movie Review: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.

  If I had to describe Three Billboards in two words, I would say this: subtly unpredictable. It is true there are a few obviously major plot twists and shockers; yet not enough to give it that jack-in-a-box on acid feeling we get from other dramas or thrillers, where every second there is a new […]

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MOVIEW REVIEW: MOLLY’S GAME

  Can you imagine being close to winning a spot on the American Olympic skiing team, only to have your hopes and dreams dashed in a second because of an injury on the slopes? That’s what happened to Molly Bloom. What does one do next? The story is quite remarkable, and has been adapted into […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE SHAPE OF WATER

  A fairytale about the transcendent power of communication, The Shape of Water is the eloquent gem that Guillermo Del Toro fans have been waiting for. Set in early ’60s Baltimore, it tells the story of a young mute woman named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) who works as a janitor at a secret military lab where […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: WITHNAIL AND I

  If you are a Brit, like I am, it is highly likely you are acquainted with the film Withnail and I. You’ve either watched it a million times, or heard your family and friends rave about it. Although Withnail and I dates from 1987, its brand of British humour is still very much the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: JEUNE FEMME

  Last week I decided to brave the arctic temperatures in Paris and venture out to the cinema. I wanted to see “Jeune femme” as the woman in the trailer reminded me a little of me: a loveable mess living in Paris, not quite sure where she is going in life, but trying her best. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: A GHOST STORY

  How do you switch from producing Disney movie Pete Dragon to directing Casey Affleck  under a blanket for ‘A Ghost Story’? We are not too sure, but talented filmmaker David Lowery accomplished both tasks. IndieWire gave it the first spot on their list of the best independent films of 2017, even though the movie […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: PERSONAL SHOPPER

  “Uncategorizable” is how the Guardian referred to ‘Personal Shopper’ after awarding it five stars. Time magazine also praised it for being a “strange and beautifully made film.” French film director Olivier Assayas won Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The official premiere there was received by an almost five minutes […]

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