Second Films for our 2023-2024 Season

Here are details of the films we will be showing in the second half of our 2023/2024 season. The titles of each film are linked to the Internet Movie Database, and there is a link to a trailer where available. A printable PDF version is also available here.

Parallel Mothers
(9 January 2024 at 19.45)

Pedro Almodóvar | Spain/France | 2020 | 15 | 123 mins | Trailer

Penelope Cruz stars in this story of two mothers who bond in an unexpected way after giving birth on the same day. Both are single and became pregnant by accident; the few words they exchange in these hours will create a close link between them which develops, complicates and changes their lives in
a decisive way. Set against the backdrop of an archaeological search for victims of Franco’s forces during the Spanish Civil War, Almodóvar’s 22nd movie is among his very best.


Everything Went Fine
(16 January 2024 at 19.45)

François Ozon | France/Belgium | 2021 | 15 | 113 mins | Trailer

This bittersweet drama cleverly reveals the complexities of family dynamics when faced with the ultimate decision. When André (André Dussolier), 85, has a stroke, his daughter Emmanuelle (SophieMarceau) hurries to his hospital bedside. Sick and half-paralysed, he asks Emmanuelle to help him end his life. But can you honour such a request from your own father? Perhaps only François Ozon could make a film about assisted dying so richly human and unsentimental; sometimes tearful, sometimes funny, but always filled with empathy. Masterful lead performances make this a film that
will stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre.


The Blue Caftan
(30 January 2024 at 19.45)

Maryam Touzani | France/Morocco | 2022 | 12 | 118 mins | Trailer

Halim and Mina run a Caftan shop in the historic Salé medina in Morocco. Married for some years their relationship contains a secret which must be kept quiet in this strictly conservative society. Gorgeously filmed and superbly performed, the film is a tender character study and a multi-layered portrait of love
and commitment; a thoughtful insight into the Moroccan relationship between tradition and modern mores. Maryam Touzani has created a film as beautifully crafted as the exquisite hand-sewn caftans created by Halim in the small shop he runs with his wife.


Dalva
(6 February 2024 at 19.45)

Emmanuelle Nicot | France/Belgium | 2022 | 15 | 83 mins | Trailer

Handling a very difficult subject without a hint of exploitation; this is an exceptional film. Dalva is living with her father when the police storm into their home, arresting him and taking her into foster care. Brainwashed and corrupted by him, 12-year-old Dalva is led to believe that sex is the same as love.
The film charts her journey with great sensitivity in this beautiful portrait of friendship, recovery and identity as she learns how to be a child again. A terrific non-professional lead actor is one parallel this film has with the highly rated System Crasher, and it shares the same emotional impact.


Women Talking
(20 February 2024 at 19.45)

Sarah Polley | USA | 2022 | 15 | 104 mins | Trailer

An emotional rollercoaster of a film. It is inspired by true events in a Mennonite community in 2010 and is an examination of their faith’s role in misogyny and the sexual exploitation of women and children. Should the women stay in the community and tolerate the abuse, or should they go? Their
respective arguments are passionate and sincere and the film succeeds in portraying their dilemma convincingly. It is a vibrant, emotional film with terrific performances from an exceptional cast, including Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy and Ben Whishaw; with an Oscar-winning screenplay by Director Sarah Polley.


A Chiara
(5 March 2024 at 19.45)

Jonas Carpignano | Italy/France | 2021 | 15 | 121 mins | Trailer

An engaging thriller. Young teenager, Chiara, has a huge shock when browsing the internet. Her beloved father has become a wanted fugitive and her entire family are part of the Calabrian mafia. The tension grows as the feisty Chiara struggles to come to terms with this new reality. She is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself. How can she handle the deceit and the choices she now has to make? Chiara faces momentous decisions in this absorbing drama.


Plan 75 
(19 March 2024 at 19.45)

Chie Hayakawa | Japan/France | 2022 | 15 | 113 mins | Trailer

A tender yet unsentimental character study; Plan 75 uses its dystopian setting to explore our relationship with death and what it really means to live. Set in the near future, Plan 75 is being brought in by the government to relieve Japan’s burden of supporting ‘wasteful’ elderly care. The film follows three characters; an elderly woman who is persuaded to sign up; a Filipino migrant worker in the Plan 75 ‘processing’ plant and a young man who works as a salesman for the plan. We watch as their disparate lives and overlapping stories eventually come together.


Fremont – followed by Wine & Cheese event
(16 April 2024 at 19.45)

Babak Jalali | USA | 2023 | 12A | 91 mins | Trailer

An utterly delightful, wryly witty, immigrant story. Donya is an Afghan who worked as a translator for the American army before the Taliban took power and is now living in a bedsit in the town of Fremont in California working in a fortune cookie factory. She misses home and is filled with guilt for her lucky
escape. But while the trauma of Donya’s past reverberates throughout, the narrative feels close to the comedy of Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig. Beautifully filmed in monochrome, with a totally magnetic central performance from Anaita Wali Zada as Donya and also features Jeremy Allen White in two effortlessly heart-wrenching scenes.


Cairo Conspiracy
(23 April 2024 at 19.45)

Tarik Saleh | Sweden/France/Finland/Denmark | 2022 | 12 | 126 mins | Trailer

A tense and sophisticated, plot-driven thriller. Adam, the son of a fisherman from a remote Egyptian fishing village, wins a scholarship to the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the epicentre of power of Sunni Islam. Shortly after his arrival, the Grand Imam suddenly dies and we see, through innocent
Adam’s eyes, the ruthless power struggle between Egypt’s religious and political elite. A fascinating socio-political thriller which gives an insight into the motivations that lie behind their struggle for power. Banned in Egypt for daring to expose the corruption of both clerics and politicians. A great watch!