Love and misery in Mike Leigh’s All or Nothing

Published 15 Nov 2021 Share this This introduces a slightly patronising tone to the proceedings, as though we are being asked to sympathise rather than empathise with these characters’ troubles. But Leigh cuts between and through the potential soapiness of these different family dramas to show a broader mosaic of the human condition, defined by birth, death, and all – or nothing – that happens in between. “If you’re not together, you’re alone”, comments Phil to one of his customers, “We’re all born alone, you die alone – nothing you…

Drive My Car

And rather than dragging on, each one feels perfectly calibrated and intensely engrossing, as the drama is slowly teased out of interactions rather than just dumped there as a green flag to move on to the next scene. What Hamaguchi and co-writer Takamasa Oe do with this film is threefold: they dutifully haul Murakami’s core text to the screen; they reform it, spin out sections and recalibrate the weight given to certain characters; and, finally, they seamlessly usher in Hamaguchi’s own abiding fascinations with the ways performance permeates our everyday…

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi: ‘I’ve shot lot of stuff in cars because of Godard’

LWLies: Your adaptation of ‘Drive My Car’ takes the nub of the Murukami short story, about a theatre director discovering more about his late wife after her death, and builds outwards. That’s when the magic happens.” You say that, but it’s also about Kafuku the theatre director deeply troubled by the idea that his wife had secrets and mysteries he’ll never understand – a motif which occurs throughout your films. Presumably people are suggesting you should look at long-form streaming TV to explore your characters in greater depth? My recent…

Discover Francis Ford Coppola’s Psycho-inspired directorial debut

Not just the superficial change of the murder weapon from knife to axe, or of the location from Arizona to Ireland, but also a far deeper commitment to gothic elements and atmosphere. Discover Francis Ford Coppola’s Psycho-inspired directorial debut The Roger Corman-produced Dementia 13 is much more than a quickie Hitchcock ripoff, as this Director’s Cut proves. For ‘crazy’ Lady Haloran (Ethne Dunne) has left all her money to charity “in the name of this mysterious Kathleen”. Indeed, no sooner have we seen John and the still playing radio sink…

Ira Sachs’ next film will focus on a queer love triangle of European festival darlings

If Frankie is any indicator, this will likely take place in a dazzlingly telegenic European locale. But an “intimacy triangle” threatens to tear their union asunder when one of them – which actor that will be has yet to be revealed – has an affair with a woman, portrayed by Adèle Exarchopoulos (one-time Palme d’Or recipient for Blue Is the Warmest Color). That’s the preliminary read on Passages, the new film from Ira Sachs, which will bring together three of the most staggeringly good-looking actors frequenting the European festival circuit…