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This week's new films

19 November 2010 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (12A)

(Apitchatpong Weerasethakul, 2010, Thai/UK/Fra/Spa/Ger/Neth) Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee. 113 mins

Not for nothing was this dubbed "Uncle bong hit" when it took the top prize at Cannes this year. With its non-linear plot and fantastical elements – ghosts, ape-men, talking catfish, etc – woven into a story of a dying farmer in modern-day Thailand, it sounds like a far-out 1960s head-trip. But in reality (if that's the right word), it's a calm, sensual, captivating daydream of a movie that wears its weirdness without affectation. It makes the world feel like a rich and mysterious place. More of a natural high, then.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I (12A)

(David Yates, 2010, UK/Us) Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint. 146 mins

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Fathers of Girls – review

18 November 2010 2:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ray Winstone lends his weight to this drama about widower whose daughter leaves home – but it's all a bit underdeveloped

Ray Winstone is an honest and well-intentioned presence in this slightly odd-looking drama, co-written and co-directed by Ethem Cetintas and actor-turned-film-maker Karl Howman. Winstone plays Frank, a provincial solicitor who has been devoted to his daughter Helen (Lois Winstone, Ray's daughter) since his wife died; when Helen leaves home for college, poor lonely Frank suffers from empty-nest syndrome. His life is then turned upside down by some dramatic news: Frank finds that he did not understand Helen as well as he thought. At just 76 minutes, it feels as if the film isn't quite long enough to say all it wants to: it seems like a very personal project for both Winstone and Howman, filled with interesting but unfinished and undeveloped dramatic ideas.

Rating: 2/5

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