Evocative of both The Virgin Suicides and Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, this (French-made) Turkish drama is the tale of five young, free-spirited sisters, house-bound and married off, one by one, at the insistence of their conservative muslim uncle and grandmother. Rich in character, nuance and beauty, Mustang has won international acclaim everywhere it has shown. Nominee: Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film
GB, Italy, France
Once upon a time Italian director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) decided to film a trio of medieval fairytales with the gusto and lustre of a modern day Fellini, and an international cast including Salma Hayek, John C Reilly, Vincent Cassel and Toby Jones. The results were ravishing, gleefully mischevious, and definitely not for kids…
In this elegant, witty courtroom drama, the outcome of the trial gradually slips into the background as Christian Vincent instead focuses on the courtship between the presiding judge (Fabrice Luchini, from Gemma Bovery and Cycling with Moliere) and one of the reserve jurists (Sidse Babett Knudsen from The Duke of Burgundy and TV’s Borgen). Witty, subtle and ultimately poignant, this is like an especially polished episode of The Good Wife, augmented with a certain savoir faire.