2015, Ffrainc – France, 115 min, (15) Cyf – Dir: Jacques Audiard (A Prophet)
Er mwyn dianc rhag y rhyfel cartref yn Sri Lanka, mae cyn-filwr, menyw ifanc a merch fach yn ffugio i fod yn deulu. Maent yn ymgartrefu mewn prosiect cartrefi y tu allan i Baris. Er nad ydynt braidd yn adnabod ei gilydd maent yn ceisio adeiladu bywyd gyda’i gilydd, er gwaethaf y bygythiad o drais gangiau sy’n cynyddu o’u cwmpas.
To escape the civil war in Sri Lanka, a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl pose as a family. They end up settling in a housing project outside Paris. They barely know one another, but try to build a life together – as the threat of escalating gang violence looms over their lives.
2015, Almaen – Germany, 114 min, (15) Cyf – Dir: Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall)
Ym mis Tachwedd 1939, mae ymgais Georg Elser i lofruddio Adolf Hitler yn methu, a chaiff ei arestio. Yn ystod ei gaethiwed, mae’n meddwl yn ôl dros y digwyddiadau a arweiniodd at ei gynllwyn a’i resymau dros benderfynu gwneud rhywbeth mor ddifrifol.
In November 1939, Georg Elser’s attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.
Just love the pace and observations, the honest depiction of real life. One of the most powerful stories of redemption I have ever watched. Thank you.
Beautifully filmed, deeply sad, just carried along by bits of humour. Loved the beards and jumpers
Slow slow slow sheep!!!
Who would have thought inaction could have been so gripping? Well the storm was far from inactive! Obsession or passion? Perhaps the same. Great visuals. Sound psychology
Thomas Hardy type tale in the icy northern hemisphere – beautifully shot and very glad no sheep seemed to be harmed
Loved the story of two brothers, one common goal for the sheep. Heart wrenching, felt for them when the sheep had to die. Humour in parts. Ending of the film, my conclusion is they all died – sheep, dog and brothers but on the hand all lived happily ever after. Loved the bleakness of the scenery and how the whole film captivated you
Moving portrayal of relationship between brothers and impact of a disease like scrapie
Brilliant, evocative and so atmospheric
A good film spoiled by the lack of an ending
Realistic, superb acting
Powerful albeit bleak. How much it takes to reunite two brothers after 40 years
Fascinating; felt like the first part of a two parter. Felt real, want to go to Iceland
It takes sibling rivalry to its extremes very moving experience
Like the dog and sheep very moving
Very interesting story – excellent photography, slow pace added to the atmosphere – lovely music – sad end – message??? Life’s too short – keep talking!
A not so simple tale of two brothers told simply
Good dramatic cinematography. A nice story but was it a happy ending!????
Showed how tough life is outside the cities and towns of Iceland. Very sad film but enjoyed
Did they run out of money or film?
I wasn’t sure if it was meant to be a drama or a comedy. However I did enjoy it. The ending was quite abrupt though
Difficult to watch at times but a rewarding watch – good acting. Brave story line
Was it a psychological exploration of grief or a thriller? Good either way. a little too much use of beautiful yet stark Scandi landscapes
Very dramatic – excellent acting – would have made a good TV series
Interesting film – what a twist
For the first half hour I thought I was going to hat eit … vbut then so many surprises in store. Trouble is, I can never talk about the plot to anyone who hasn’t yet seen it!
Very interesting story, well told – twist at the end was very clever
Brilliant – so many twists and turns – beautiful photography, excellent acting – what he did was wrong but understandable – Happy ending
Very believable acting, beautifully shot, emotionally gripping tale
Emotional film. A bit far fetched in what a senior Police Officer did but guess we all act differently in stressful situations. A twist in the story, didn’t expect that, but all turned out good in the end. Guess his actions saved the baby and mother’s life. Recommended
A good cast was wasted in a hopelessly unbelievable plot. Totally implausible from start to finish, and a major disappointment.
Scores and comments from the Hollywood Film Festival this past weekend. Looks like you all had a really great time!
IN A LONELY PLACE
Audience Score 84%
Very engaging – powerful emotions and great tension in the story with the seed of doubt sown. Enjoyed the strong performances and the costumes.
Great character development showing the breakdown of faith between the lovers
Enjoyed the suspense. Strong female character – one unlucky guy!
Very dramatic music – did he or did not he?
Good casting of actors
Full of tension
Good to have two films about screenwriters to compare. Look forward to Trumbo
One of my favourite films – great to see on the big screen. Bogart and Grahame are a spectacular paring – very emotionally intense
Loved the dialogues, retorts and quips. Something not in modern films. Bogart is fab actor. Loved the story, gripping. Like reading a good book you cannot put down – brilliant performance. Kept you on the edge of your seat. Totally credible. Well worth watching
Loved it …so atmospheric without hi-tec special effects of today – wonderful acting, so much expression in faces and body language – fantastic script with humour – black and white film evokes so much tension and wonderful imagery – great high speed car journey
Very engaging, powerful emotions, great tension in the story with the
Enjoyed the strong performances and the costumes. Naked intensity.
Predictable but enjoyed
Interesting from the perspective of how an abusive relationship was viewed in the 50s as opposed to today. Predictable and result end result with issues unresolved.
Very tense gripping drama
Audience Score 93%
Very informative –showed warts and all – but what a dreadful episode in US history
Brilliantly portrayed of individual attempt to live up to b lists for
An enjoyable slice of infamous American history well told. Could have done with a re-write to shorted it slightly
Use of black and white film with colour emphasized the time. Illustrated not only the madness of the time but the complexities of the characters and subversiveness of the fight back by the accused
Inspiring and moving. Interesting to see into the history and how it played out in individual lives. The toll it took
The film showed how paranoid the Americans were at that time. It showed how families were destroyed by the black list
Interesting period in USA history – could return if Donal Trump becomes president!
The film very effectively portrayed the strength of Trumbo and many others. It was extremely well written and performed brilliantly by Bryan Cranston. It was a joy to watch and extremely accurate historically also.
Brilliant film saw all sides of Trumbo’s character
Inspiring resistance to paranoia
Glad the good guys won in the end
Brilliant film – perfect casting, excellent cinematography – dreadful story – a bad time in America -= Helen Mirren as Hedda was great at the end as personification of right wing evil and bigotry – loved Billie Holiday at the end – just the right song!
Acting superb, the actors playing the ‘real’ actors were life like. Highly recommended I learned a lot in the film of what happed during those times.
Brilliantly acted – nice to know who were the good guys and who were the baddies
Gripping, tense, atmospheric, night vision scene. Directing was superb. Life like in the cartel drug world. Will watch again as in this type of film, you’ll see things you missed the first time round
Very gripping and tense. Some great set pieces and tense throughout. Excellent.
Cheer me up why don’t you!!
Morally challenging with no easy answers! Acting & cinematography were excellent!
Not a film you could sleep through – very tense. The border between right and wrong is very blurred in some situations.
Tense drama enhanced by great soundtrack.
Very atmospheric and bleak.
Bruce Willis eat your heart out! When you are up to your neck in —- it is hard to remember the intention was to clear the swamp!
Gritty and grim – I liked the dark music to accompany a dark tale…. Sicario – girl was a bit dippy.
I could appreciate that this was a very well directed film but this type of film isn’t my cup of tea. There were times when the dialogue was difficult to understand when the actors were mumbling.Great cinematography, very good casting, felt a bit sorry for the main protagonist, felt she had been used by the system. My guess is that the film is based on a certain amount of truth, and there lies the problem, we the good guys have turned into monsters that are just as bad as the bad guys! Food for thought.
Good acting, good soundtrack, good cinematography. Grim!
Hate stories of man’s inhumanity to man – Revenge killing at the end was appalling! No need to shoot the boys. Save good photography. Didn’t like Emily Blunt.
Some nice set pieces but a poor plot. Lead character was totally unconvincing + unsympathetic. Disappointing.
A reminder that we have a great Hollywood Film Festival coming up on Saturday April 2nd starting with the 1950 Bogart film ‘In a Lonely Place’ then the highly acclaimed film ‘Trumbo’.
We have met with Paul from Gatsby to discuss food for the event and I think we will have a really fantastic spread. We are having a mixed buffet to include sandwiches, Glamorgan sausage bites, mini quiches, dips, bowls of coleslaw, potatoes and bowls of pasta for you to graze over. And of course some fruit.
Between the films – to keep that USA feel about the event – we will be having blueberry muffins!
Tickets are £12 for members and £15 non-members inclusive of the food of course.
So book now for what will be one of our best Film Festivals.