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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Whisky Galore ****

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Whisky Galore - it's pure, dead Brigadoon, so it is!   This is a perfect end to the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival.  Gillies MacKinnon has directed a gem of a feel-good film, based on...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Away ***

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Sweet, offbeat film from director David Blair which throws together two unlikely and very different characters. There are moving performances by desperate Joseph (Timothy Spall) and runaway Ria (an enthralling Juno Temple).Ria and Joseph end up...

Edinburgh International Film Festival – The Man Who Was Thursday ***

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The Man Who Was Thursday, Balazs Juszt's directorial debut received its World Premiere in Edinburgh. The film adaptation altered the Chesterton narrative for the sake of visually cinematic storytelling, pulling the anarchy within the core of...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 The Library Suicides (Y Llyfrgell)****

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 An unusual, entirely original story, The Library Suicides kept me guessing till the end.In Welsh with English subtitles and based on Fflur Dafydd's novel, the film is set by the sea and in the...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 The Childhood of a Leader *

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The biggest disappointment of this reviewer's festival, The Childhood of a Leader held great promise - musical score by Scott Walker, an examination of which childhood experiences might produce the attributes of leadership, a...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Brakes ***

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Mercedes Grower's Brakes is a montage of the ends and beginnings of a set of diverse relationships.  She herself plays Layla who becomes pregnant by Noel Fielding's Daniel.Other notable appearances are by Julia Davis, Kerry Fox, Peter...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 The White King ***

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Alex Helfrecht & Jorg Tittel's opening scene presents an idyllic view of what could be any family relaxing by any beautiful river but we soon see them return to a brutal, dystopian vision of the...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Under the Sun (V luchakh solna)***

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Disturbing documentary of life in North Korea as illustrated by following an 'ordinary' family in Pyongyang for one year.The North Korean authorities carefully scripted and supervised Vitaly Mansky's presentation but the director has chosen to...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Saint Amour ***

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Deliciously naughty, mad-cap wine tour and road trip taken by father (Gerard Depardieu) and son (Benoit Poelvoorde) farmers in order to try and bond over their joint future. Driver by their Parisian taxi driver...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Best of the Fest – Sunday, 26th June

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Best of the Fest is your last chance to see the cream of the crop from this year's Festival. We're putting on a series of screenings of the best films from EIFF 2016, all of...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 My Feral Heart ***

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A bittersweet drama about Luke, a young man with Down’s Syndrome (the excellent Steven Brandon) who performs all of the household tasks and his dying mum’s personal care until he is left alone and...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Endless Night (Nadie quiere la Noche) *****

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A lush, extravagant, brilliant triumph of a drama, Spanish director Isabel Coixet's Endless Night transfixes and mesmerises. Based on a true story, Josephine Peary (a stunning performance from Juliette Binoche) has followed the explorer,...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 The Commune (Kollektivet) ***

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In Danish with English subtitles Set in the age of Sixties free love, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) has inherited a large Copenhagen house from his deceased father. He and his TV news presenter wife (Trine Dyrholm)...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Pale Star **

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Scottish director Graeme Maley's use of a bleak, stark, cold Icelandic setting sets the tone for this harsh, violent film.  After a graphic start when poteen-distiller Dis (Freya Bjork Godmundsdottir) strangles her partner, we are shown her douce side as...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Aloys **

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Tobias Nolle's film Aloys sees the eponymous character (Georg Friedrich) and his father running a seedy detective agency together until his father dies.  Now all he has left are the camera and tapes he uses...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Ithaca ***

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Based on William Saroyen's book 'The Human Comedy', the film is set in wartime Ithaca, New York. The only thing which would have made the superb sets and costumes more realistic would have been...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 River ****

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Jamie M Dagg's directorial debut is a lightning-paced, action-packed thriller, tense as a taut wire and set mostly in Laos.Young doctor John Lake (Rossif Sutherland) takes an island holiday away from his volunteer post after...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Families (Belles Familles) ***

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Jean-Paul Rappeneau has directed a witty, urbane comedy with just slight Whitehall Farce overtones.Mathieu Amalric plays a French businessman based in Shanghai, dropping in on his mother in Paris to introduce his beautiful fiancee (Gemma...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Diving into the Unknown (Takaisin pintaan) *****

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Astonishing, mind-blowing account of a team of Finnish divers recovering the bodies of their dead colleagues from an underwater cave in northern Norway.In 2014, a group of diving friends planned a two-handed dive...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 The Founders ***

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Interesting documentary about the founding of the Ladies' Professional Golf Association in the States.Interviews with some of the original founders and current press and golfing professionals are woven with re-enactments, original film and...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Sixty-Six ***

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UK PremiereWell,  I'm really not quite sure how to describe Lewis Klahr's Sixty Six -  it's a stream of art consciousness, over twelve episodes, most of which have Roy Lichtenstein type characters with speech...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Forsaken *****

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Now please understand, Westerns are not this reviewer's thing.  Or gratuitous violence or the brooding menace which come with the genre.  But Jon Cassar's Forsaken is simply magnificent. A classic morality tale of the complexities of good...

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 Harold and Lillian, a Hollywood Love Story ****

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Utterly charming and delightful, this documentary is a sweet cornucopia of anecdotes, facts and film clips around the lives of the Michelsons.  When Harold Michelson returned from his war-time work, forty missions as an aircraft...

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