Bergman's descent into darkness rewards patient viewers.
Reflecting its primary themes of isolation and solitude with a dogged aloofness, Ingmar Bergman’s The Passion (misleadingly retitled The Passion of Anna for its US release in 1970) features the director’s key modus operandi and favoured leading...
9/11 drama has trouble with tone.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is set in Manhattan, a year after two planes took down the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre. The story pretends to be about a kid’s dream life, but it’s really about what it understands as an American...
Avoids cliché at every turn.
Artist-turned-director Julian Schnabel is not known for his restraint; his previous cinematic forays (Basquiat, Before Night Falls) have made him seem like an American Ken Russell, revelling in self-indulgence. But this time around, confinement...
Magnificent performance from Almaric carries wonderful adaptation.
Jean-Dominique Bauby’s memoir The Diving Bell And The Butterfly is a memoir that can’t help but make you appreciate life. Now director Julian Schnabel, working from a script by The Piano’s Ronald Harwood, has fashioned a wonderful adaptation that...