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61 AD PERSON TO PERSON THU 5 SAT 7 18:15 MAYFAIR 15:15 NFT1 THU 12 SAT 14 20:45 NFT2 12:15 VUE5 MON 9* WED 11 21:00 NFT1 21:00 PCC Dir-Scr Dustin Guy Defa. Prod Sara Murphy, Toby Halbrooks, James M Johnston. With Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Tavi Gevinson. USA 2017. 84min. 35mm. Sales Celluloid Dreams New York, late summer, early autumn. A vinyl-collecting dude gets a tipoff of a rare Charlie Parker record for sale and cycles over to check it out… Rookie reporter Claire (Abbi Jacobson, Broad City) finds her first day on a tabloid newspaper edgier than expected. She’s being mentored by Phil (Michael Cera), a reporter keen on quoting (his own) heavy metal lyrics. Jimmy (Philip Baker Hall) passes his time in his watchrepair shop, while Wendy (Tavi Gevinson) navigates the tricky terrain of being a teen. An Altman-esque tapestry, Person to Person is both 1970s retro and very contemporary, unassumingly charming and thoroughly cine-literate. Joy and grace might be uncommon qualities in independent filmmaking, but they flow out of Dustin Guy Defa’s observational comedy drama. And there’s a respect for all things analogue (vinyl, clockwork, newspapers), which chimes with Ashley Connor’s 16mm cinematography, in this loving tribute to a city and living one’s life with integrity. Kate Taylor Dir-Scr Daan Bakker. Prod Sander van Meurs, Iris Otten, Pieter Kuijpers. With Noël Keulen, Giulio D’Anna, Thomas Aske Berg. Netherlands-Norway 2017. 85min. Sales m-appeal For lovers of experimental and irreverent cinema, this Dutch debut is an invigorating exposé of male arrested development across five wildly diverse episodes. The man-child comedy has arguably defined a whole generation of movie humour, from Judd Apatow to Will Ferrell and beyond. But few, if any, have tackled this theme with as much originality as Dutch filmmaker Daan Bakker. His portmanteau feature debut pinballs from onscreen dots with computerised voices, to deadpan live-action tales focused on time travel and alien abduction. Yet the theme of how disparate, desperate young men grapple with insecurity, selfesteem and familial expectation remains comically consistent throughout. While Bakker evidently delights in documenting his protagonists’ plight, he crucially bestows on them a vulnerability that cuts through his various distancing effects – stills, subtitles – and brings their tragicomic attempts into razor-sharp focus in all-too human ways. Even the troubles experienced by those robotic-voiced dots. Leigh Singer QUALITY TIME Dir Henrik Ruben Genz. Prod Signe Leick Jensen, Morten Kaufmann. Scr Bo hr Hansen, Henrik Ruben Genz. With Søren Malling, Lisa Nilsson, Marcus Sebastian Gert. Denmark 2017. 108min. Prod Co Toolbox Film Welcome to a world of dark and dirty humour that Danes do so well, where pretty much nothing is off limits. It’s 1986, months after the Chernobyl disaster. With nuclear fall-out weighing heavily on his mind, teenage poet Jens could do with a break from his crazy family. His domineering father Uffe (also known as ‘God’), an erstwhile writer and now self-styled psychologist, uses their living room for some seriously weird therapy sessions. Older brother Thomas is a legendary wanker. Literally. He’s holed up in his bedroom trying to break a masturbation record. Their Swedish mum seems pretty cool, although she’s not above asking the local hooker over to help relieve her boy of his virginity ‘problem’. But when ‘God’ gets bowled a medical bombshell, a fresh circle of hell breaks loose… And it’s one hell of a hoot. Sarah Lutton WORD OF GOD GUD TALER UD *


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