秋刀魚の味 (1962)

秋刀魚の味 (Sanma no aji in romaji) is a warm, gentle film. That in itself was enough to win me over as I found ageing father and widower Hirayama Shuhei quite a nice, honourable man, and one I’d happily tag along with for more wanderings through everyday life. Continue reading

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Rebecca (1940)

Joan Fontaine is adorable as an awkward and shy lost puppy in Rebecca. She’s almost always out of place, sticking out like a sore thumb, but effective as our window into a world to which few of its viewers would belong. She’s one of us – uncomfortable, self-conscious, and vulnerable. Her sincerity and lack of pretence do her credit, however, as she catches the eye of a handsome and wealthy, but troubled widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier). He seems hung up on the tragic death of his wife, Rebecca, who was, by all accounts,  the perfect woman. Can the new Mrs. De Winter escape the shadow cast by this terrible lady or will her insecurity get the better of her? Continue reading

Before the Rain (1994)

Before the Rain is a beautiful film. The detail in so many scenes brings its beguiling Macedonian landscapes to life in a way that could scarcely be improved without seeing them first-hand. Indeed, my strongest feeling after watching was not about its story, but that I really must visit the country some time. Continue reading