April 2024

Helen has proposed three potential films for us to watch this month (see below). Nominations have now closed and the film “In The Mood For Love” beat “Parasite” by a one vote margin.

  • Location: The Spirit of Life
  • Date: Friday, 26th April 2024
  • Time: 19:00 for a 19:30 start

When the film ends we will rearrange the chairs and provide wine and nibbles to ensure a convivial atmosphere for discussion. On the evening we will ask for a €3 contribution to defray the cost of the wine and nibbles.

If you would like to vote for two (or even three!) of the proposed films then feel free to do so.

If you are unable to attend the film night then please do not vote.

If you have voted but the nominated film is one you do not wish to see then please inform us as soon as possible since we need to ascertain the exact number attending.

In the Mood for Love is a 2000 romantic drama film written, produced and directed by Wong Kar-wai. A co-production between Hong Kong and France, it portrays a man (Tony Leung) and a woman (Maggie Cheung) in 1962 whose spouses have an affair together and who slowly develop feelings for each other. It forms the second part of an informal trilogy, alongside Days of Being Wild and 2046.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on 20 May 2000, to critical acclaim and a nomination for the Palme d’Or; Leung won Best Actor (the first Hong Kong actor to win the award). It is often listed as one of the greatest films of all time and one of the major works of Asian cinema. In a 2016 survey by the BBC, it was voted the second greatest film of the 21st century by 177 film critics from around the world, saying “never before has a film spoken so fluently in the universal language of loss and desire”. In 2022, the film placed 5th in Sight & Sound‘s “Greatest Films of All Time” critics’ poll. It is the highest-ranked film between 1975 and 2022.
The Power of the Dog is a 2021 Western psychological drama film written and directed by Jane Campion. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Set in Montana but shot mostly within rural Otago, the film is an international co-production among New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

The Power of the Dog received universal acclaim from critics, who praised Campion’s direction and screenplay, cinematography, score, and performances of the four leads.

It was highly regarded as one of the best films of 2021 by multiple top-ten lists and has received many accolades, including a leading 12 nominations at the 94th Academy Awards; Campion won for Best Director and its 11 losses tied the record for most in Oscars history. It was named one of the best films of 2021 by the American Film Institute, and received seven nominations at the 79th Golden Globe Awards, winning Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picturefor Smit-McPhee, Best Director for Campion.
Parasite is a 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho, who co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won and co-produced. The film follows a poor family who infiltrate the life of a wealthy family.

The script is based on a play Bong wrote in 2013. Bong said he was inspired by the 1960 Korean film The Housemaid and by the Christine and Léa Papin incident in the 1930s.

Parasite premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May 2019, where it became the first Korean film to win its top prize, the Palme d’Or. Among its numerous accolades, Parasite won a leading four Academy Awards at the 92nd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, becoming the first non-English-language film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

10 thoughts on “April 2024

  1. In the Mood for Love is my first choice as I haven’t seen it. Parasite a great movie, but I’ve seen it before.

  2. I would like to see POWER OF THE DOG

    Fatima would like to see PARASITE

    because we are both not in the mood of love ! 😉

  3. I choose
    In the Mood for Love (which I haven’t seen)
    Power of the Dog (excellent film but have seen recently)
    Parasite (great film but I don’t need to see it again)

  4. Great choices, Helen.

    #1. In The Mood For Love. I’ve not seen it, the reviews and trailer look great, and I love Japanese / Korean / Chinese films.

    #2. Parasite. The only reason I’ve not chosen this as #1 is that I’ve seen it before. Another fantastic film.

    I know the Power of the Dog has received universal acclaim, but I found this too difficult a film to watch to completion when I saw it about six months ago.

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