THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Toivon tuolla puolen) ★★★★½
D: Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Lights in the Dusk, The Man Without a Past, Leningrad Cowboys Go America).
S: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji.
Kaurismäki has honed his wonderful brand of humour and humanism. An endless array of golden touches.
BEUYS [documentary] ★★½☆☆
D: Andres Veiel (If Not Us, Who?).
Standard artist doc. Talking heads pedestrian commentary. Structural mess. Intellectually not incisive.
THE MIDWIFE (Sage femme) ★★☆☆☆
D: Martin Provost (Violette, Séraphine).
S: Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet.
Syrupy melodrama. Feels like Deneuve and Frot spend film just talking about men. Not as turgid some of Provost's projects.