2 items from 2014
★★★☆☆In 1994, the late Antonia Bird paired up Linus Roach and Robert Carlisle for Priest (1994), the tale of a Catholic priest torn between the church and his homosexuality. Now, another female director, Malgorzata Szumowska tackles the same subject but from a different social perspective. In the Name Of (2013) is a poignant exploration of burgeoning homosexuality within both Polish society and the strict confinements of the Catholic Church. Adam (Andrzej Chyra), a charming but troubled man, arrives to take over a small parish in rural Poland. He soon becomes popular with his congregation and a pillar of the community.
- CineVue UK
The Bafta awards have been and gone, and with them the eyebrow-raising announcement that Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón's marvellous Hollywood space spectacle, was the best British film of the year, a classification made possible by its UK-produced effects work. Make of that what you will, but the list of great British (or even part-British) films ignored entirely by awards voters this year is rather a long one, with the under-seen Irish co-production Mister John (Artificial Eye, 15) somewhere near the top.
Husband-and-wife duo Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy made a startling 2009 debut with Helen, and that film's thematic preoccupation with identities lost and assumed is extended in this even more accomplished follow-up. The superb Aidan Gillen (recently seen leering to delicious »
- Guy Lodge
2 items from 2014
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