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MAURICE MONTANA THE REVIVAL
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Dir-Scr Erlingur Thoroddsen. Prod Baldvin Kári,
Búi Baldvinsson, Erlingur Thoroddsen.
With Björn Stefánsson, Sigurður Þór Óskarsson,
Aðalbjörg Árnadóttir. Iceland 2017. 111min.
Sales Blue Fox Entertainment
Shades of Don’t Look Now permeate this
subtle Nordic chiller about two men haunted
by an unseen presence.
Late one night, Gunnar receives an unexpected
call from his ex-boyfriend Einar. Worried about his
former partner, Gunnar visits Einar at his family
home, in a remote part of Iceland. Thrust together
in the isolated surroundings, painful memories
resurface. But as the two men attempt to lay the
ghosts of their relationship to rest, they sense a very
real presence lurking in the shadows. As much a
devastating examination of relationship breakdown
as it is a chillingly insidious supernatural nail-biter,
Erlingur Thoroddsen’s multi-layered mystery delves
deep under the skin of its characters and, in turn,
its viewers. Touching upon themes of depression,
homophobia and abuse with nuance and subtlety,
this is a story of the ghosts that haunt us – both
literal and metaphorical. Michael Blyth
Dir Jennifer Gerber. Prod Sophie Finkelstein.
Scr Samuel Brett Williams. With David Rysdahl,
Zachary Booth, Lucy Faust. USA 2017. 84min.
Prod Co Natural State Films
A married preacher has an affair with a passing
drifter in this bold and intense emotional drama.
Adapted from the award-winning play by Samuel
Brett Williams, The Revival tells the story of Eli, a
southern Baptist preacher in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
With his congregation in steady decline, Eli faces
pressure from his flock to reignite dwindling interest
in the church. As plans for a high-profile revival are
set in motion, Eli is filled with a sense of dread and
inner conflict – feelings made worse by the arrival
of a handsome drifter named Daniel, from whom
he fails to mask his attraction. Losing none of the
intimacy and power that made the stage play such
a success, Jennifer Gerber’s intimate direction
rigorously explores the dichotomy between religious
devotion and hidden desire against the claustrophobic
backdrop of evangelical small-town life. Michael Blyth
Dir-Scr Limor Shmila. Prod Chilik Michaeli, Avraham Pirchi,
Tami Leon. With Noa Biron, Avi Malka, Netta Shpigelman.
Israel 2016. 76min. Prod Co UCM – united channels movies
A compelling debut feature about a fearless young
woman confronting old traumas and hidden truths
in her childhood home.
Efi has returned home, following a 15-year absence,
for her grandfather’s funeral. Finding the family
dynamics unchanged after all this time, she wanders
her old neighbourhood searching for anything new.
She eventually finds it in the shape of unhappily
married Keren, a local school teacher who soon
gives in to Efi’s blatant seduction and a passionate
affair begins. But this is a close-knit town where
secrets are hard to keep. In her pursuit to figure
out her own past, Efi must reveal the devastating
truths of the present. Limor Shmila adroitly handles
a weighty narrative, aided in no small part by the
captivating central performance of Noa Biron.
The result is a remarkable debut feature from
a filmmaker to watch out for. Emma Smart
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Dir Melanie Mayron. Prod Jan Miller Corran, LeeAnne
Matusek. Scr Jan Miller Corran, Katherine Cortez.
With Piper Laurie, Brooke Adams, Emily Baldoni.
USA 2017. 95min. Prod Co Three Women in a Box Films LLC
Piper Laurie heads a superb cast in this elegant
love story where the secrets of the past collide with
the present in unexpected ways.
Rose spends her days fishing near the beautiful
lake house she’s called home for 50 years. She’s
not getting any younger and her daughter Patti
worries about Rose being all alone, but the stubborn
matriarch will not sell. There are memories here that
she doesn’t want to leave. These come flooding
back one weekend during a visit from Patti and
granddaughter Allison, when a long-forgotten roll of
film reminds Rose of the summer she met and fell in
love with the bold and beautiful Louise. Seamlessly
weaving together Rose’s past with her present
through flashbacks that exquisitely explore the love
affair, Snapshots is a film about hidden truths and the
joy that can be found when you finally shine a light
on them. Emma Smart
Dir James Ivory. Scr Kit Hesketh-Harvey, James Ivory.
Prod Ismail Merchant. With James Wilby, Hugh Grant,
Rupert Graves. UK 1987. 140min. 15.
Sales Cohen Film Collection
A sumptuous restoration of the 1987 adaptation
of E M Forster’s gay novel.
Restored to celebrate its 30th anniversary,
James Ivory and Ismail Merchant’s drama stars
James Wilby, Rupert Graves and Hugh Grant.
Edwardian society was still reeling from the Oscar
Wilde trial, and E M Forster was acutely aware of the
social pressures and sanctions that the revelation
of a gay relationship could entail. Unfolding in
Cambridge, London and the English countryside,
the production was a rare excursion into period
setting for an overt gay relationship drama. Wilby
is brilliant as the repressed and bourgeois Maurice
Hall, who is surprised by his own passions, while
two generations of gay men have fallen in love with
Rupert Graves’ gamekeeper Scudder. Oscar-nominated
for its costume design, this is a landmark
film as important as any in the history of gay cinema
and one that presents a positive and enriching
portrait of gay love. Brian Robinson
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Dir John Trengove. Prod Elias Ribeiro, Cait Pansegrouw.
Scr John Trengove, Thando Mgqolozana,
Malusi Bengu. With Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai,
Niza Jay Ncoyini. South Africa 2016. 88min.
UK Distribution Peccadillo Pictures
Kwanda, an edgy city boy, has been taken back to
his father’s rural village where he is to undergo the
painful initiation ritual that will ‘turn’ him into a man.
Somewhere in the South African countryside,
Kwanda fiercely defends himself in a hostile
environment where masculinity equals aggressive
competition and casual homophobia. Yet he is not
the only outsider. His recovery from a circumcision
ritual is aided by gentle caregiver Xolani, whose
yearly return to the village is motivated more by
his desire for another caregiver, the complex and
irascible Vija, than any concern with tradition. All
three occupy unstable positions within this process,
which is constantly disrupted by intense masculine
posturing, and it is uncertain whether the group will
make it through. The Wound is an unsettling look
at the interplay of tradition and modernity, explored
via three men caught in a situation that no ritual –
modern or ancient – can prepare them for. Jay Bernard
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