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- Son Of Saul
- The Rise And Fall Of The Clash + Q&A
Demolition 3 stars
Banker Davis Mitchell is left emotionally numb by the death of his wife Julia in a car accident. Unable to grieve and unmoved by his colleagues' and loved ones' concern, Davis turns to customer services representative Karen for support. They eventually meet and Davis becomes entwined in Karen's life and that of her troubled teenage son Chris, who has become cold and distant to her lately. As time goes on, Davis reverts to more extreme tactics to feel again.
- GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
- CastNaomi Watts, Heather Lind, Jake Gyllenhaal, Judah Lewis, Chris Cooper.
- DirectorJean-Marc Vallee.
- WriterBryan Sipe.
- Duration99 mins
- Official sitewww.foxsearchlight.com/demolition
Grief, we're told, comes in many different forms. There's no wrong way to grieve, apparently. Except of course, there is. And nowhere is grief more structured than in Hollywood. There, grief is either a granite albatross weighing the sufferer down until eventually they crack and, more often than not, scream at a coldly beautiful landscape until finally, their artful tears fall, or, it is quite the opposite; it is a fully formed thing from the offset. This much-seen Hollywood version of grief is a blanket which the sufferer is wholly covered and fully in tune with, basking in their loss while a soundtrack of touching acoustic songs play out as the screen is flooded with a golden-tinged montage of 'better times'; long beach walks, ice creams licked off noses and soft punches on the arm, before realising with a shrug, that of course, "This..." - be it selling the house, finding a new partner, or donating their beloved's cardigan - "...is what he/she would have wanted". Demolition, the new comedy drama from Wild and Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee, then offers neither trope for its anti hero, Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal). It's not a version of grief any of the dearly departed would want for their loved ones. Widowed after a car accident killed his wife Julia (Heather Lind), the young banker is left with a numbness he can't shake. He's not just numb about his high-flying job at the bank, where his father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper) also happens to be the boss, or his covetable home and possessions, he's also indifferent to Julia's death and unmoved by his colleagues and loved ones' needs for him to heal, or at least heal in a way they understand. The only person who penetrates his apathetic exterior is Karen (Naomi Watts). As the customer services representative for a vending machine company, Karen receives a letter of complaint from Davis about the machine in the hospital which gobbled his money, but didn't give him his goods on the night of his wife's death. But while he writes about the complaint, he also expands on his life and loss, until eventually his letters become increasingly confessional in tone to the point where Karen and Davis meet and strike a friendship. Soon, Davis becomes entwined in Karen's life and that of her troubled teenage son Chris (Judah Lewis) who has become cold and distant to her lately. As time goes on, Davis reverts to more extreme tactics - much to the shock of Phil - to feel again and, with the help of Karen and Chris, to rebuild his life and, in turn, unlock the struggles Chris is going through. While sentimentality could be rife, Demolition avoids it largely due to the welcome flashes of humour and thoughtful performances from Gyllenhaal and his young co-star Lewis, but it's just a shame that Watts is underwritten.
Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)
This film is also showing at:
- Cineworld Enfield
- Cineworld West India Quay
- Cineworld Wood Green
- Crouch End Picturehouse
- Curzon Mondrian
- Electric Cinema Shoreditch
- Empire Walthamstow
- Everyman Canary Wharf
- Everyman Screen On The Green
- Hackney Picturehouse
- Odeon Covent Garden
- Odeon Holloway
- Stratford East Picturehouse
- Vue Islington
- Vue Westfield Stratford City
Son Of Saul 5 stars
Saul Auslander is a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp, who has the horrific task of burning the bodies of the dead. One day, he is greeted by the corpse of a boy, who bears an unnerving resemblance to his son. Convinced the body is his flesh and blood, Saul begs prison doctor Miklos not to perform a post mortem on the child so he can find a rabbi in the camp to give his son a proper Jewish burial.
- GenreDrama, War, World
- CastGeza Rohrig, Urs Rechn, Levente Molnar.
- DirectorLaszlo Nemes.
- WriterClara Royer, Laszlo Nemes.
- Duration107 mins
- Official sitewww.sonyclassics.com/sonofsaul
- Release29/04/2016 (selected cinemas)
Laszlo Nemes directs and co-writes this harrowing Hungarian drama, which deservedly won this year's Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film, and details an unbearable day and a half in the life of a tormented prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Saul Auslander (Geza Rohrig) is a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner in the camp, who has the horrific task of burning the bodies of the dead. One day, he is greeted by the corpse of a boy who bears an unnerving resemblance to his son. Convinced the body is his flesh and blood, Saul begs prison doctor Miklos (Sandor Zsoter) not to perform a post-mortem on the child so he can find a rabbi in the camp to give his son a proper Jewish burial. While Saul attempts to carry out this heartrending plan without attracting the attention of the SS-commandant (Christian Harting), fellow prisoner Abraham (Levente Molnar) attempts to light the spark of a revolt against their captors.
The Rise And Fall Of The Clash + Q&A 3 stars
Showtimes (Click time to book tickets)
- Wednesday 4th May 2016