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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Gregory's Girl
  • Bad Timing

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  • The Party

    ★★★

  • Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey

  • The Mystery of D.B. Cooper

  • D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?!

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  • The World, the Flesh and the Devil

    The World, the Flesh and the Devil

    ★★★★★

    Harry Belafonte's Ralph Burton is trapped down a mine, but no one comes to save him. When he's struggled to find a way out, he finds the world empty. No one around, cars deserted with the doors wide open, no radio. In the most endearing case of exposition I've ever witnessed, he finds a newspaper with a stark headline: the world is ending. Glad they got that final edition in.

    From an abandoned town in Pennsylvania, Ralph makes his way…

  • We Think the World of You

    We Think the World of You

    ★★★½

    Affecting, understated drama about middle-aged Frank, twentysomething Johnny, and an Alsatian. Frank is called one day by Johnny's pregnant wife to say Johnny is in prison after being caught breaking into a house.

    Frank visits Johnny in a holding cell, where it becomes clear they were once romantically involved. Johnny tearfully begs Frank to take care of his beloved dog, Evie, but Frank worries about the care dogs require, making it clear he is not able to care for Evie…

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  • The Party

    The Party

    ★★★

    In part, this feels like the French equivalent to Gregory's Girl. The parts about 13-year-old Sophie Marceau's life at a Parisian secondary school are disarming in a similar way to Bill Forsyth's film (released around the same time!).

    Like many early "teen" films, this film suffers very much from the fact that this is not allowed to solely focus on teenage preoccupations but has to pay equal attention to the parents. In a bid to make this film appealing to…

  • I'm Your Man

    I'm Your Man

    ★★★★

    Lovely film for anyone whose favourite Black Mirror episode is 'Be Right Back'. Would a robot, specially-designed to meet all your criteria for a dream match, be the stuff of dreams, or nightmares?

    Scientist Alma is reeled into an experiment where she is to live with her cyborg dream match Tom for three weeks. Dressed in the dreamiest trenchcoat, Dan Stevens is perfectly cast as her robotic ideal - both conventionally attractive and deeply, uncannily creepy. Alma, however, seems far…

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  • Tall Girl

    Tall Girl

    ★★★

    This is getting massively shat upon on Letterboxd, but I loved this. I grew up tall - had to undress yearly in front of "growth doctors" to make sure I didn't grow uncomfortably tall - was always in the same spot in school photos, next to the teacher - was always sat in the back in class because I needed a bigger desk - have worn European size 44 shoes since age 12 - have never learned to walk in…

  • Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's rare for me to revisit a film and actually bump up its rating. I watched this film many, many times as a teenager because I loved Winona, had it on VHS, and I related to the film in some ways. Also, just really loved the songs and look of the film.

    Only now do I realise how special a film it really was.

    Just as I mentioned in my review for How Stella Got Her Groove Back, the release…