The Eyes of My Mother is one of the ones I’m looking forward to. This was in a bunch of festivals early last year and I heard some pretty great things. I thought it would have been out already by now but there you go.
First film of the year last night was Hedi Schneider Steckt Fest (is stuck)
Absolutely beautiful film about a woman in her 30s, with a husband and kid, who seemingly out of nowhere suffers a major panic attach which ensues a particularly bad depressive episode. Starts off as quite a fun, light film for effect for when the bad thoughts start, but it deals with depression (especially as sudden as represented here) really well and it’s effects both on the person but also the life surrounding them (i.e family, friends, work colleagues).
Subverts expectations pleasingly several times, and handles some pretty weighty issues expertly, while retaining some sense of humour even if the film changes along with Hedi’s depression. Beautifully acted and looks pretty good too for what is a small personal drama, highly recommended:
Sing Street - Shit street. Films like this remind me just how much we should appreciate it when someone gets one of these coming of age type things right. Also has the most credited studios before the title (do these have a name?) of any film I can remember seeing. Felt like there were about 15.
A Monster Calls - Really liked it, think the Orphanage/Pan’s Labyrinth are going to be the most-referenced touchstones but it reminded me more of Super 8 or Where The Wild Things Are. The watercolour scenes are absolutely magnificent.
It’s a bit of a shame it seems to be being pitched at adults. When people were saying Spike Jonze had made WTWTA too dark Maurice Sendak responded by saying that he’d understood what the book was about and that children would too, and I think the same is true of this.