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ReeltoReel WITH JENNIFER JENNINGS WRIGHT


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ummer may be around the corner, but you can still look forward to those balmy nights in the comfort of your local Picturehouse. Why not splash out an extra pound or


two and heighten your experience with a sofa seat? Come to that, why not become a member of the Little? Our fi rst fi lm, The Two Faces of January, is a suspense thriller centred on a con artist, his wife and a stranger, who try to fl ee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police offi cer. The year is 1962 and the well-heeled aforementioned couple (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) become acquainted with an American expatriate acting as an Athens tour guide.


Super watchable, Concussion


the Winter Chill (Avant L’Hiver) tells the story of married couple Paul and Lucie, played by the crème de la crème of French actors, Daniel Auteuil and Kristen Scott Thomas. I would see the fi lm based on this information alone but I’ll tell you a bit about it anyway. Paul is a successful neurosurgeon, who spends more time than he should on his job and not enough time on his wife. Lucie consequently suspects Paul of having an affair, but it’s a bit darker and more complicated than that. Although plot-heavy, it’s a pretty straightforward relationship drama with the focus being on whether the marriage can survive.


Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst in The Two Faces of January


An incident at the couple’s hotel puts all


three in danger and creates a precarious interdependence between them. What follows is a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men leading them from Greece to Turkey, and to a dramatic fi nale played out in the back alleys of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Great stuff.


IF BORED LESBIAN housewife fi lms are your bag, then you’re in for a treat with Concussion, the debut from writer and director Stacie Passon. Its protagonist Abby is a married wealthy forty-something lesbian who, following a hit on the head by her son’s baseball, decides there must be more to life than her sexless relationship with her partner. Hence the purchase of a Manhattan pied-a-terre where Abby is reminded what it’s like to feel sexy. So intense is her new found desire, that she inaugurates a double life as a high-end escort. A super watchable fi lm of spiritual and sensual awakening, and a bit saucy. Keeping on the subject of relationships, Before


INSPIRED BY THE DIRECTOR’S own experiences, the Norwegian A Thousand Times Goodnight follows Rebecca (played by Juliette Binoche), one of the world’s top war photographers. Whilst photographing a female suicide bomber group, she gets a bit too close to the action, and is badly hurt by an explosion. Back at home, Rebecca fi nds herself in another war – one between herself and her family. They can no longer bear the thought of her dying on assignment far from home, and want her to choose between them or her work. What will she do? Come and watch to fi nd out. It’s well


Before the Winter Chill, starring Kristen Scott Thomas


From relationship dramas to the new Ken Loach film set in rural Ireland, there’s a diverse line-up on at the Little this month, says JENNIFER JENNINGS WRIGHT


observed, and as one reviewer put it, ‘It has Binoche, and that’s enough’. I think the same about brioche. Moving a bit closer to home, Bath’s Ken


Loach’s period drama Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of political activist Jimmy Gralton whose sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland. His intention was to provide a place where young folk could dance and have fun (and why not?). The fi lm is set in 1932 when Jimmy returns from New York and reopens the hall. It’s Mr Loach’s fi ction swan- song and in essence, tells the story of most ballrooms in Ireland of that era including the infamous ballroom of romance in Glenfarne, which is still going to this day.


Don’t miss Ken Loach’s period drama, Jimmy’s Hall


Running out of space, so very briefl y, try


and catch Fading Gigolo, starring Woody Allen as ‘manager’ to his friend who decides to become a professional Don Juan. One of the few appearances by Woody Allen in a fi lm not directed by Woody Allen. A couple of events to mention quickly.


Firstly, we’re showing the bossanovatastic Black Orpheus, with live musical introduction from fabulous local choro group Brejeiro. Secondly, what do you get when you put Jessica Fletcher and Darth Vader (well, his voice) together in a car? Driving Miss Daisy, that’s what. We have a broadcast of the smash hit play, starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones as the couple involved in Substitutiary Locomotion, followed by a satellite Q&A with the Bedknobs and Broomsticks star. And that’s magic. BL


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