Author: Deborah Young

The Old Oak

After angry, affecting portraits of northern England’s working class families in his previous two films, director Ken Loach travels to a former mining village where Syrian refugees are being resettled, to tell a moving but more generic, less engaging story than its predecessors.

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The Pot au Feu

The pièce de résistance of unabashed culinary cinema, Tran Anh Hung’s ‘The Pot au Feu’ serves up a French country idyll in romantic 19th century sauce for audiences whose tastes run to the fine wines and 12-course meals.

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The devastating true story of a 6-year-old Jewish boy who, in 1858, was abducted by the Papal State to be raised a Catholic provides the ideal framework for director Marco Bellocchio to weave his familiar themes into a tense, edge-of-seat historical thriller.

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