HAPPY END (15) – 2017 Fra/Austria/Ger 107 min – partially subtitled

Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Toby Jones

Picture from the film.Haneke’s latest film follows three generations of a bourgeois family living in Calais, who are self-absorbed and in many respects alienated from each other and the world in general. The young spend their time looking at their computer screens (and those of their parents), the middle-aged search myopically for sexual and financial satisfaction, and the old look for an easy death.

Picture from the film.Haneke uses phone screens, security screens and soundless sequences to highlight this alienation, along with moments of dark humour, delivered by a formidable ensemble cast.

Plus a BRIT School Showcase film, screened in partnership with the School’s Film & Media Production department.
For this film we are showing Turnips (U) (4.53 mins), directed by Clint Frift. A Borough Market stall holder discusses how the market has changed over the years.

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 30 January 2018

Show starts at 7.30 pm, ticket prices: £8.50 & £7.00 (concessions)

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Elle (2017, France/Germany/Belgium) Cert. 18

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

IS this our first ‘extra screening’ of a Cert. 18 film?

Michèle (Huppert, Oscar-nominated) is the head of a leading video game company, and brings a hard-headed attitude to both her personal and business lives.

The film opens – sound-track only – with Michèle attacked in her home by a maked assailant.  At first she seems little affected by an incident others might find traumatising.  But following further intrusions into her privacy Michèle resolves to track her attacker down, with unforeseen consequences for family, friends, work colleages and her own private life …

Verhoeven’s trademark direction casts an unsettling spell, varying the mood from scene to scene, in this widely praised, “electrifying and provocative comeback” (The Guardian).

 

At the time of publication of this page Elle had not been released in the UK, so our regular Review link is to The Guardian written at the time of the film’s debut at Cannes 2016.

That review does not include a link to any trailer (although there is a link to an interview with the star). 

The subsequent US release “official” Trailer, can be seen below – viewer advisory, the trailer gets an “R” rating – this IS Verhoeven and IS an 18 in the UK…

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Monday 8th May 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Elle (2017, France/Germany/Belgium) Cert. 18

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Our fastest-selling Cert. 18 film so far.  An extra screening has been arranged for Monday 8th May @ 7.30pm

 

Michèle (Huppert, Oscar-nominated) is the head of a leading video game company, and brings a hard-headed attitude to both her personal and business lives.

Attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she seems at first to be little affected.  Eventually, however, Michèle resolves to track the man down, with unforeseen consequences…

Verhoeven casts an unsettling spell, varying the mood from scene to scene, in this widely praised, “electrifying and provocative comeback” (The Guardian).

 

At the time of first publication of this page Elle had not yet been released in the UK, so here is the Review from The Guardian at the time of it’s debut at Cannes.

The Guardian review does not include a link to a trailer (though there is a link to an interview with the star).  The US release “official” Trailer, can be seen below – viewer advisory, the trailer gets an “R” rating – this IS Verhoeven and IS an 18 in the UK…

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 18th April 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Things To Come (2016, Fra/Ger) cert. 12A, subtitled

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob

Middle-aged philosophy teacher Nathalie Chazeaux (Huppert) is married with two children.  

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Between work and family life, her spare time is spent dealing with her supposedly depressed (or perhaps just attention seeking) mother and battling with her publisher who wishes to recover her academic book due to poor sales.

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The last thing Nathalie expects is for her husband (Marcon) to announce that he’s leaving her for a younger woman. For the first time in her life she’s cast adrift.

 

Hubbert is an absorbing presence and natural performer in this modern tale of autonomy and reinvention.

 

 

 

Review (Guardian): here

In addition, an extended interview with the director on ‘the making of’, including a link to the Official Trailer can be found here

Conversely, skip the words and see the same Trailer below:

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 4th October 2016

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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