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Dartmouth Film Society committee do not view all films before showings. We aim to put together programmes which offer a mix of film genres and styles, and we base our choices on a range of factors, including society members’ and committee’s suggestions, reviews, which films are actually available to film societies and what other societies are showing. For more details and reviews for any of our up-coming films, we recommend the following websites:
www.independent.co.uk www.imdb.com www.guardian.co.uk www.rottentomatoes.com www.metro.co.uk www.timeout.com

 

CHRISTMAS FILM & PARTY NIGHT

Thursday 12th December

YESTERDAY

Director: Danny Boyle
Actors: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Meera Syal

UK 2019; 112 minutes

Cert. 12A. Comedy/Drama/Music

YESTERDAY is a sweetly charming fantasy with an intriguing premise. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James). After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation ... and finds himself with a very complicated problem indeed.

9th January
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz Cast: Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf,

Dakota Johnson

USA, 2019; 97 minutes

Cert. 12A. Adventure/Comedy/Drama

A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, The Peanut Butter Falcon tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down’s syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak's return, to join them on their journey.

 

 

23rd January

WILD ROSE

Director: Tom Harper

Cast: Jessie Buckley, James Harkness, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo

UK, 2018; 101 minutes Cert 15. Comedy/Drama/Music

Opening as the title character Rose is released from prison, Wild Rose follows its bolshy heroine on her quest to make it as a country singer despite living 3,923 miles away from Nashville. Talented, passionate and determined but completely lacking in the necessary social and organisational skills, Rose gets a break when she starts working as a housekeeper for Susannah, a well connected middle class woman who takes her under her wing and becomes determined to help her succeed. There are complications, however. Rose has to impress the justice system enough to get her tag removed so she can travel; she has to face up to her responsibilities as a mother and resolve the problems in her relationship with her own mother; and she has to figure out what makes her different as an artist - what she actually has to say.

 

6th February

THE FAREWELL

Director: Lulu Wang

Cast: Awkwafina, Zhao Shuzhen,

Tzi Ma, Diana Lin USA, 2019; 100 minutes

Cert PG. Comedy/Drama

The Farewell deftly captures complicated family dynamics with a poignant, well-acted drama that marries cultural specificity with universally relatable themes. The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their Grandmother Nai Nai has only a short time left to live, decide to keep her in the dark. Thirty -year-old New Yorker Billi, already horrified by the news about her beloved Nai Nai, is traumatised too by her family’s scheme to circumnavigate the bad news: to fast-track a wedding between Billi’s cousin and his Japanese girlfriend. This way, everyone can gather around Nai Nai without arousing her suspicions. Billi, already feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family's decision to hide the truth from her grandmother....

 

 

20th February

THE LAST TREE

Director: Shola Amoo

Cast: Sam Adewunmi, Denise Black, Nicholas Pinnock, Gbemisola Ikumelo

UK, 2019; 98 minutes Cert. 15. Drama

Distinctive in terms of content, perspective, and insight, The Last Tree vividly depicts the turmoil of adolescence with remarkable grace. Ten-year-old Nigerian-British boy Femi has had a happy, idyllic childhood in rural Lincolnshire with his foster mum Mary. All of this is brought to an abrupt end by the arrival of Femi’s birth mother Yinka, who says she is ready to take her son “home”. Femi soon finds himself transported to the high-rise flats of south London, where the phosphorescent glare of urban existence replaces the honeydew haze of his former life. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment and negotiating a complex path between school studies and street life, teenage Femi has to figure out which road to adulthood he wants to take.

 

 

5th March

SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER

Director: Carl Hunter Cast: Bill Nighy, Sam Riley,

Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter UK, 2018; 91 minutes

Cert. 12A. Comedy/Drama/Mystery

Like the grieving Scrabble enthusiast at the heart of its story, Sometimes Always Never scores high enough to be well worth a play. Alan is a stylish Scrabble-mad tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing and clearly beloved eldest son, Michael. Years ago, Alan and his two sons argued over the legitimacy of the high- scoring word “Zo”; Michael stormed off and never came back. Alan’s quest causes tension with his younger son, Peter, especially when Alan moves into Peter’s family home, from where he continues his seemingly deluded search. But with a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair his relationship with Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.

 

 

19th March

WOMAN AT WAR (Kona fer í stríð )

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson Cast: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson

Iceland, 2018; 101 minutes Cert. 12A. Adventure/Comedy/Drama

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias "The Woman of the Mountain," Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. As Halla's actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminium smelter. But as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and saviour of the Highlands to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminium industry a crippling blow.

 

2nd April
C’EST LA VIE (Le Sens de la Fête)

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche,

Eye Haidara, Hélène Vincent France, 2017; 117 minutes

Cert. 15. Comedy

Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano (Untouchable), C’est la Vie is a charming French comedy about a disgruntled caterer working his last wedding event.
Pierre is marrying Héléna and he wants his wedding party to be first rate. No expense has been spared by the bride and her horrifically self-important groom and to organise the event they have employed the services of Max Angély, a seasoned caterer, and his team. The reception is to take place in a sumptuous 17th century chateau, the music is to be supplied by an excellent DJ and the food must be first-rate. The arrogant bridegroom demands that everything go according to plan. Max assures him that will be the case, but what he fails to tell him is that his team is not absolutely above reproach....

 

FILM CHOOSING AND FUTURE FILMS

Dartmouth Film Society committee do not view all films before showings. We aim to put to- gether programmes which offer a mix of film genres and styles, and we base our choices on a range of factors, including society members’ and committee’s suggestions, reviews, which films are actually available to film societies and what other societies are showing. For more details, clips and reviews for any of our up-coming films, try the following websites:

www.independent.co.uk; www.imdb.com; www.guardian.co.uk www.rottentomatoes.com; www.timeout.com; www.rogerebert.com