D: Garth Davis (Top of the Lake).
S: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham.
Ravishing to look at and listen to. Tear-inducing in the best way. Everyone firing on all cylinders.
D: Bertrand Bonello (House of Tolerance).
S: Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa, Martin Guyot, Jamil McCraven, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laure Valentinelli, Ilias Le Doré, Robin Goldbronn, Luis Rego, Hermine Karagheuz, Adèle Haenel.
Rate this even less than NIGHT MOVES. Pretentious. Uninsightful. Padded.
TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR ★★★★★
D: Kim Nguyen (War Witch).
S: Tatiana Maslany, Dane DeHaan.
Ever since THE THING I've revelled in films set in the snow. This is a f**king doozy. Romantic. Tense. Funny. Stunning.
AFTER THE STORM ★★★★★
D: Hirokazu Kore-eda (Our Little Sister; Like Father, Like Son; I Wish, Air Doll; Still Walking; After Life).
S: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Taiyô Yoshizawa, Kirin Kiki.
Dialogue mesmerises. Is Ryoto Kore-eda's most fascinatingly flawed lead? Kirin Kiki has now cemented status as ultimate cinema grannie.