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This Ain't California, Nebraska, Frozen: what to see at the cinema this week

6 December 2013 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This Ain't California | Nebraska | Frozen | Kill Your Darlings | Oldboy | Powder Room | Homefront | Getaway | The Patience Stone | Big Bad Wolves | Black Nativity | Floating Skyscrapers | Klown | Rough Cut | A Long Way From Home | Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's

This Ain't California (Tbc)

(Marten Perseil, 2012, Ger) 90 mins

Just as its East German teen subjects took skateboarding behind the Iron Curtain, so this "documentary" smuggles faked footage into its true 1980s history. The result is a fascinating parallel pop-cultural history with a moving (but imaginary) human centre. Working out what's true and what's not only adds to the fun.

Nebraska (15)

(Alexander Payne, 2013, Us) Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb. 115 mins

Stubborn old Dern and son take a quixotic road trip back into family, and American, history.

Frozen (PG)

(Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, 2013, Us) Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel. 108 mins

Disney's classy, sparkly assault on the Christmas holidays, with wintry vistas, musical numbers and a sister-powered fairytale. »

- Steve Rose

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A Long Way From Home Review

6 December 2013 9:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It was only recently that the trials and tribulations of an elderly, British couple attempting to reignite their marriage in France was explored, in Roger Michell’s Paris-set Le Week-end. Now director Virginia Gilbert’s presents her feature film debut A Long Way From Home, following similar themes yet doing so in the tranquil, pacifying setting of Nimes in the South of France. It’s these very surroundings which marks the key difference between the two movies, as this is without that sharp wit and anarchic ambiance, and instead is a more pensive, slow-burning take on this intriguing narrative.

Beginning much as it intends to carry on, A Long Way From Home is somewhat sparse in dialogue in the opening quarter of an hour, marking the sign of an assured, confident filmmaker. The couple in question are the retired Joseph (James Fox) and Brenda (Brenda Fricker), with the former evidently at a loss, »

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Film Review: 'A Long Way from Home'

6 December 2013 5:54 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆Opening to a glorious, sun-dappled French townscape before setting the tone of things to come with a clumsy, crossword led allusion to Joanna Hogg's vaguely comparable upper middle-class drama Archipelago (2011), debut director Virginia Gilbert's existential exploration of expat life, A Long Way from Home (2013), actually has far more in common with Roger Michell's Le Week-End (2013). Here, James Fox and Brenda Fricker are the sniping British couple growing old uncomfortably, whose lives are complicated by the introduction of a young, holidaying couple, played by Natalie Dormer and Paul Nicholls.


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A Long Way From Home Review

3 December 2013 5:25 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Virginia Gilbert.

Starring: James Fox, Natalie Dormer, Brenda Fricker, Paul Nicholls.

Running Time: 85 minutes.

Certificate: 12A.

Synopsis: Retired couple Joseph (James Fox) and Brenda (Brenda Fricker) live their lives in the sun after relocating to the south of France. Bored with the lack of mental stimulation, Joseph threatens to ruin his marriage after meeting young couple Suzanne (Natalie Dormer) and Mark (Paul Nicholls).

Opening to the apparent contented silence of husband and wife Joseph and Brenda, we soon become aware that she is far more contented with her crossword puzzles and French lessons than her husband. Bored with the familiarity of their daily routine, Joseph aimlessly walks the streets, often lying to his wife about where he is going.

Frequenting the same restaurant most evenings of the week, Brenda has an amusing repartee with the owner that her husband finds unbearable, especially when her lack of adventure always has her choosing the steak. »

- Emma Thrower

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Eiff 2013: ‘A Long Way From Home’ Review

4 July 2013 11:43 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: James Fox, Brenda Fricker, Natalie DormerPaul Nicholls | Written and Directed by Virginia Gilbert

Review by Andrew MacArthur of Cinehouse

Virginia Gilbert directs A Long Way from Home, a graceful dramatic feature based on her own short story of the same. Gilbert provides us with a rich palette of fascinating characters and breathtaking locations in this often touching and hugely charming tale of desire in old age.

Long married couple Joseph (Fox) and Brenda (Fricker) have retired to the French town of Nimes and live quiet, routine lives. However, Joseph is becoming restless in the banality of this routine – something that is challenged by the arrival of vibrant young couple, Suzanne (Dormer) and Mark (Nicholls).

Gilbert’s feature is a graceful look at desire in old age – seen through Joseph’s gradual infatuation by the young Suzanne. However, this is a desire for an emotional connection and sense of »

- Phil Wheat

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Sewell Joins Molestation Drama "Helen"

11 February 2013 2:24 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Rufus Sewell ("Dark City," "A Knight's Tale") is set to star in Irish filmmaker Virginia Gilbert's child abuse drama "Helen" at Chic Films, 1.85 Films and Grand Pictures.

Set in Paris, Sewell plays a divorced forty year-old man who lives with his twelve year-old daughter Helen. One day, the girl announces that her mother's new husband has molested her.

Filming takes place in Paris this summer. Gilbert's first feature, the romantic drama "A Long Way From Home," is currently in post-production.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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