Does God Play Football
This is utterly heart-warming – it’s northern, has Helen McCrory, a cute moppet and a sexy ginger priest. What more do you want?
Rosanna Negrotti’s film Cake is much more elegant than the title might suggest,
a study of grief in an Italian family and the little rituals a family observes
in the wake of the passing of its Nonna. A quality cast include Sasha Behar and
Flaminia Cinque, with the lusciously-voiced Rosie Cavaliero as a narrator of
sorts, take us through the day she died and the questions that arise from the
last thing she ever did – putting a cake in the oven, though the film’s
stylishness comes from a late wordless section scored to a Vivaldi aria which
is just beautiful.
Avril E Russell’s film Distinction was suggested to me mainly for the
appearance of a young Marianne Jean-Baptiste but its story of a temp agency
unlike any other, providing all kinds of opportunities for black women to enter
the world of the secret service. It’s slightly tongue-in-cheek to start off
with, an amusing frippery, but Russell subtly makes her point about the
important part this group has played, and continues to play, in society, even
if their roles may superficially seem a little trivial.
Electric Cinema – How To Behave
I won’t say too much at all about this as it is short and sweet and lots of fun.
Labels: Benedict Cumberbatch, Film, Flaminia Cinque, Gemma Arterton, Helen McCrory, James Corden, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Natalie Dormer, Olivia Williams, Rafe Spall, Rosie Cavaliero, Sasha Behar, Tom Hollander