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New movies in-store this week, all of the film and tv releases that get the fopp stamp of approval in one handy place.
Check out all of our favourites below.
Is it truly his last film..? Here, Daniel Day-Lewis plays Jeremiah Woodcock – a celebrated couturier to the post-war aristocracy, Woodcock is witty and nimble, elegant and epigrammatic. As with many creatives operating at the highest level, he is also fastidious and obsessive: one dress is described enigmatically as “worth everything we’ve been through.” In conjunction with his gimlet-eyed sister Cyril (Leslie Manville), Woodcock runs his operations from a splendid Georgian townhouse in London; but alas, as Paul Thomas Anderson’s film opens, this empire is faltering. First Woodcock finds himself under threat from the New Look, and then he is unexpectedly beguiled by Alma (Vicky Krieps), a German waitress who becomes his muse.
Every year, the Xhosa tribe’s young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape, South Africa to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual. Xolani, a quiet and sensitive factory worker (played by musician Nakhane Touré), is assigned to guide Kwanda, a city boy from Johannesburg sent by his father to be toughened up, through this rite of passage into manhood.
As Kwanda defiantly negotiates his queer identity within this masculine environment, he quickly recognises the nature of Xolani’s relationship with fellow guide Vija.
The three men commence a dangerous dance with each other and their own desires and, soon, the threat of exposure elevates the tension to breaking point.
Let The Sunshine In
Juliette Binoche plays Isabelle, newly divorced & living in Paris. Claire Denis’ film follows her attempts to get back on the trail of true love through a series of liaisons – with an arrogant banker, a melancholy young actor, a working class barfly, even her ex-husband.
These affairs are accompanied by long, intellectual conversations as, each time, Isabelle wrestles with the question: is he the One? And in each instance, the answer is likely to prove to be negative. In one scene, Gerard Depardieu appears as a fortune teller. “You need people out of the ordinary,” he says, putting in a late bid for himself. It is very funny, very French.
The French thing shouldn’t be underplayed. It’s hard to imagine an American (or English film) that begins with a sex scene, shot in tight close-up, features a conversation about anal sex and elsewhere includes so much witty intellectualizing about love.
Entertaining doc about punk’s first lady – the wilfully eccentric designer and activist Vivienne Westwood. Filmmaker Lorna Tucker uses interviews, archive footage and fly-on-the-wall access to get close to the heart of her subject; though you might suspect that at 78 minutes, its running time doesn’t dig as deep into some areas of her life and career as a longer, more robust piece would. Nevertheless, Westwood is anything but dull.
Still enjoying something of the rebel status afforded to her during the 1970s, Westwood has surrounded herself with like-minded souls – her son Joe Corré, CEO Carlo D’Amario and her colourful third husband, Austrian designer Andreas Kronthaler.
A candid couturier, Westwood has her eyes fixed firmly on the horizon. Punk? “It’s so boring.” And the Sex Pistols? “No, can’t be bothered with them either.”
Also new this week:
Fifty Shades Freed
Jubilee: 40th Anniversary Edition
Knack & How To Get It
Last House On The Left
Welcome To Curiosity