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Volker Schlöndorff’s scalding film of The Tin Drum shared the Palme d’Or with Apocalypse Now in 1979. The director turns 78 next month and is no longer at the peak of his powers. But Return to Montauk proves that he still has it in him to startle and wrongfoot an audience.
What appears to be a clunky, tasteful, middle-aged rehash of Before Sunset, with two former lovers reunited after one of them writes a novel about their affair, turns out at the eleventh hour to have a sting in its tail. Schlöndorff and the novelist Cólm Toibín wrote the screenplay, which is adapted in part from the memoir Montauk by the late Swiss playwright and novelist Max Frisch, to whom the picture is dedicated. »
- Ryan Gilbey
Caroline Preece Jan 19, 2017
Spoilers: we're going to chat about the ending to La La Land...
Nb: The following contains spoilers, which we've rated per film by their spiciness: La La Land, Rogue One (mild), A Monster Calls (mild), Arrival (mild), The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Like Crazy and Once (mild).
There are many things you could call remarkable about La La Land - the musical already sweeping the awards season and looking set to bag the Best Picture gong at the Oscars - its sumptuous primary coloured cinematography, its dreamy soundtrack and its unabashed throwback to an older Hollywood where musicals were commonplace.
But the most remarkable thing, the thing that’s been most discussed by critics and audiences since its release, is its ending.
Like some of the biggest films of this year (Rogue One, Arrival) the film’s final »
2 items from 2017
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