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Cloud Atlas | To The Wonder | Lore | Gangs Of Wasseypur Part 1 | Song For Marion | Mama | Before Dawn | Crawl | Ollie Kepler's Expanding Purple World | Fire In The Blood | The Road: A Story Of Life And Death | We Are Northern Lights | Breath Of The Gods
Cloud Atlas (15)
You've got to admire the ambition of trying to tell six stories at once, together spanning the 19th to 24th century. There are connections and parallels, of course, but also wild variations in tone and effectiveness. The experience is a little like channel surfing between Tom Hanks movies, but it's greater than the sum of its parts.
To The Wonder (12A)
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- Steve Rose
Marc Isaacs stakes a claim as documentary film-making's pre-eminent people person in a subtle film about the immigrants along the A5
The road in Marc Isaacs's highly engaging documentary is the A5, the 300-mile Roman legacy connecting Holyhead to Marble Arch. Isaacs installed his camera at various points to record its many travellers: marching Muslims, Buddhist monks seeking nirvana in Colindale, an alcoholic ex-navvy, whose loneliness is horribly compelling and rarely observed this honestly. As proposed by his 2001 doc Lift – which sought out characters in a tower block – Isaacs may be British cinema's pre-eminent people person, locating strangeness, melancholy and joy in the urban landscape, and those who inhabit it. Almost every subject might have merited their own film, but the brisk diversity is central to what emerges as a subtly pointed, humorous and, above all, humane contribution to the immigration debate: the road has been retraced as a lifeline, »
- Mike McCahill
★★★☆☆ Specially commissioned by the BBC for its hugely successful Storyville television strand before being picked up for theatrical distribution by Verve Pictures, British documentarian Marc Isaacs' latest film The Road: A Story of Life and Death (2012) is an intimate and occasionally affecting piece looking at the experiences of people who move to London in search of a better life. The titular road is the A5 from Holyhead to London, but Isaacs' primary focus is the capital's suburbs found towards the end of the road: places like Colindale and Burnt Oak, where many immigrants have settled; still in close proximity to the road in every sense.
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- CineVue UK
3 items from 2013
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