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Film Archive from the 2010-2011 Season
The 2010-11 Season of the Bridport Film Society featured 14 films from around the globe.
Looking For Eric
14th September 2010Film Information
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Bridport favourite Ken Loach creates one of the most enjoyable films of the year. Postal deliveryman 'little Eric' is facing a multi-faceted mid-life crisis of job trouble, teenage step children, loss and regret. He turns to his football hero Eric Cantona, who uses his airy-fairy philosophies of the beautiful game to help 'little Eric' turn his life around. You'll never see your postman in the same light again!
Certificate 15 (very strong language and soft drug use)
Directed by Ken Loach
I Am Love
28th September 2010Film Information
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Issues of family power and business ennui intermingle with the long-term effect of cultural displacement in this tasty chemical reaction. Tilda Swinton shines as the ignored, troubled matriarch to be... perhaps. Until old Italy and contemporary Europe collide with cataclysmic results.
Certificate 15 (strong sex)
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
119 mins / Italian with English subtitles
The White Ribbon
12th October 2010Film Information
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Haneke's (Hidden) latest work is set in a small, German village prior to World War I. A series of increasingly tragic, unexplained incidents affect the community. Though initially they appear coincidental, could it be that they are not, in fact, accidents at all? Vividly capturing a moment in time and of certainty lost, Haneke explores the human tendency to denial when facing an emerging but disquieting truth.
Certificate 15 (child abuse references)
Directed by Michael Haneke
144 mins / German with English subtitles
26th October 2010Film Information
Recently returned to the steppe from military service in the Russian Navy, Asa requires a wife in order to settle down and become a shepherd. Tulpan is the only available girl for miles around. Asa's efforts to win Tulpan's heart and follow his dream unfold with surreal humour, tenderness, and surprises.
(infrequent strong language & moderate nudity)
Directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy
103 mins / Kazakh & Russian with English subtitles
9th November 2010Film Information
Just imagine if your family home lies alongside a disused motorway and then one day the authorities decide to reopen it. Building on this simple premise, Meier's sparkling debut film bends two familiar genres - the road movie and kitchen sink drama - into disarming proximity. As the lanes begin to fill up and their new neighbours benefit from reduced journey times will one family survive in an environment designed for 110 kilometres per hour?
Certificate 15 (strong language and strong nudity)
Directed by Ursula Meier
98 mins / French with English subtitles
A Serious Man
23rd November 2010Film Information
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Larry Gopnik (stage actor Michael Stuhlbarg) is a conscientious Jewish physics professor. His story is that of an ordinary man's search for understanding of his place in the universe where the perfect storm of divorce, autism, teenage rebellion and workplace bullying disrupt his seemingly comfortable existence.
Certificate 15 (strong language and soft drug use)
Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
The Beaches of Agnès
7th December 2010Film Information
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Starting with magical mirror images on a beach, the remarkable film-maker Agnès Varda invites us on a witty and unsentimental journey through her life and times. Aged 80 and seeming impossibly youthful, she reflects on her extraordinary career - feminism, political activism, motherhood and her husband director Jacques Demy.
Certificate 18 (strong sexualised nudity)
Directed by Agnès Varda
113 mins / French with English subtitles
11th January 2011Film Information
The dilemmas of Amazonian indigenous tribes are highlighted in this intelligent, beautifully-photographed work. Exploring the themes of interracial relations, historic cultural attitudes, eco-tourism, suicide and shamanism, it is the first film to feature the Amazon Guarani Indians in lead roles. The idea of who the real birdwatchers are adds a layer of mysticism and irony to this compelling work.
Certificate 15 (strong sex and suicide references)
Directed by Marco Bechis
Brazil / Italy 2008
104 mins / Portuguese & Guarani with English subtitles
25th January 2011Film Information
Happy couple Dom and Fiona have a common passion: latin dancing. Teachers at a local school, after class they transform into passionate dancers. Their life is turned upside down when one night their fate collides with melancholy. A slapstick, Tati-esque physical comedy using optimism and humour to overcome fatality.
Certificate PG (infrequent mild language)
Directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon & Bruno Romy
77 mins / French with English subtitles
35 Shots Of Rum
8th February 2011Film Information
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In a concrete block of flats in Paris, widowed father and student daughter are coming home at the end of the day, lovingly re-establishing their routines. Lionel is a train driver and has raised Joséphine alone; both are friends with his ex-lover and neighbour, Gabrielle. Trains rattle through the suburbs and the local community of railway workers meet, drink, play music and share stories. An intense yet gentle film about relationships and rituals.
(infrequent strong language and moderate distress)
Directed by Claire Denis
100 mins / French with English subtitles
22nd February 2011Film Information
In a small apartment in Rome over the August Bank Holiday, middle-aged Gianni finds himself stuck looking after four demanding elderly women. The personalities and relationships within this group present us with a charming, gently desperate, but raw tale about vitality, joy, mortality and the vulnerabilities associated with growing old.
Certificate U (Suitable for all)
Directed by Gianni Di Gregorio
75 mins / Italian with English subtitles
8th March 2011Film Information
The bizarre tale of children living on an isolated country estate, completely protected in a world shaped by their parents' lies. Featuring echoes of Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch and excellent performances (particularly Christos Stergioglou as the father). Lanthimos presents a world in which horror is grounded in the mundane.
(incest theme, domestic violence and infrequent real sex)
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
96 mins / Greek with English subtitles
22nd March 2011Film Information
Uneducated, devoutly religious, working as a domestic servant, the woman who became known as Séraphine de Senlis produces brilliantly colourful naïve paintings in her firmly locked room, whilst loudly singing hymns. 'Discovered' by a visiting German art critic, she finally gets recognition. Briefly delighting in her comparative wealth and fame, she is unable to maintain her equilibrium and begins a slow mental decline.
(infrequent mild sex references and emotional distress)
Directed by Martin Provost
127 mins / French with English subtitles
Exit Through the Gift Shop
5th April 2011Film Information
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Banksy has evolved from his Bristol origins to acquire a global reputation for comic, edgy graffiti art. Needing to guard his anonymity to avoid prosecution, he remains an elusive popular hero in the Robin Hood tradition. A storm at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, this is the supposedly true tale of how an eccentric French store owner turns film maker in an attempt to capture Banksy's story. But of course, something else altogether takes over.
Certificate 15 (strong language)
Directed by Banksy
Seasons Ratings for 2010 / 2011
Following every film screening our audience are asked for their reaction to each film, helping us with our selection process for the following year.
Listed here are the audience reactions for our 2010 / 2011 film season.
This seasons ratings will be added in due course.