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LOVE 45 LOVE SWEET, PASSIONATE, TOUGH – LOVE IS A COMPLEX AND MANY SPLENDOURED THING ANA, MON AMOUR SAT 14 SUN 15 18:15 CENTRAL 20:45 SOHO TUE 10 THU 12 18:15 HAYMARKET 11:45 VUE7 SUN 8 MON 9 17:45 CINÉ LUMIÈRE 20:30 CENTRAL Dir Ca˘ lin Peter Netzer. Prod Ca˘ lin Peter Netzer, Oana Iancu. Scr Ca˘ lin Peter Netzer, Cezar Paul Badescu. With Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti. Romania-Germany- France 2017. 127min. Sales Beta Cinema Following on from his earlier success with Child’s Pose, Romanian director Ca˘ lin Peter Netzer’s new film is an intense and disturbing account of a long-term relationship. Toma (Mircea Postelnicu) and Ana (Diana Cavallioti) are initially introduced as two young students of literature discussing Nietzsche. Much of the film centres on Ana’s problems with anxiety and depression, and consequent encounters with therapy and religion. These scenes are interspersed with Toma’s own sessions with a psychoanalyst, creating a fragmented narrative structure whose timeline gradually reveals a compelling portrait of their lives together – their marriage, family life and different career paths. It is only through piecing together the moments that we begin to understand how Ana became a self-confident career woman. Much of the film is based on recollection and dreams, and the film’s original and multi-angled approach – along with the impressive acting – allows for insights and connections that would be unlikely with a more conventional narrative. Peter Hames ANCHOR AND HOPE After his sleeper hit 10,000 KM, Carlos Marques-Marcet returns with a similarly bittersweet treatment of love and its vagaries. Eva (Oona Chaplin) and Kat (Natalia Tena) are a couple coming to terms with the death of their cat when Kat’s close friend Roger (David Verdaguer) comes to stay. Space is tight on their London houseboat and Eva is not best pleased to have the gregarious, womanising Roger impinging on their space, but then she hits on a plan that will bind the three of them together and sets about executing it with a renewed sense of purpose. Reuniting 10,000 KM’s Tena and Verdaguer, Anchor and Hope offers a fresh and funny rom-com with a twist. Boasting an impressive central performance from Chaplin and a delightful cameo from her real-life mother Geraldine, this is a film about the things we might just be prepared to do in the name of love. Maria Delgado THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS The captivating Zosia Mamet deservedly takes centrestage in this charming, Ephron-esque indie rom-com. When Diana (Mamet) moves back to New York City after a long stay in London, she moves into a brownstone only to discover that her ex-boyfriend Ben (Matthew Shear) is living downstairs. She also finds out that the real-estate agent who initially showed her the apartment has been muscling in on her best friend. And seems to be dating Ben – more than a little weird. Debut director Sophie Brooks delivers an appealingly fresh and uncomplicated film about love. At first offering the simplest of setups, she skilfully textures our sense of the characters through a series of flashbacks that reveals the early days of Diana and Ben’s relationship. Rather than a girl and a gun, The Boy Downstairs proves when you have two great actors with onscreen chemistry and a snazzy script, the foibles of love are drama enough. Tricia Tuttle Dir-Scr Sophie Brooks. Prod Dan Clifton, David Brooks, Leon Clarance. With Zosia Mamet, Matthew Shear, Deirdre O’Connell. USA 2017. 91min. UK Distribution Altitude Film Distribution BRITISH Dir Carlos Marques-Marcet. Prod Sergi Moreno, Antoni Folguera, Sophie Venner. Scr Carlos Marques-Marcet, Jules Nurrish. With Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer. Spain-UK 2017. 112min Sales Visit Films


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