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A WOMAN’S TALE : an overview

I have written about Paul Cox’s Innocence (2000) three years ago  but I have wanted to consider  this great director’s   A Woman’s Tale ( 1991) for a very long time. In June this year Paul Cox died at the age … Continue reading

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Ballad of Narayama (1958)

I had written about this film exactly three years ago and seeing it again proved to be as fascinating. I had shown it to the film group of the time but did not record responses. The membership of the film group … Continue reading

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Camera Obscura (2008) or what happens next?

Camera Obscura (2008) is an Argentinian film directed by Maria Victoria Menis. It is not about an old woman but I thought that this unknown film is well worth watching and studying for its multimedia form, its outdoor lyrical shots, … Continue reading

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London Film Festival 2015

I saw two films featuring an old woman at the Festival this year: Grandma (2015 ) ticked all the boxes :  Lily Tomlin,  lesbian relationship,  angry grandmother, women’s liberation, the 70s, odd characters,  good granddaughter/grandmother relationship , difficult one with daughter, teenager … Continue reading

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THE WINTER GUEST: PHYLLIDA LAW AND EMMA THOMPSON. On women friendships

In my previous post I noted that it might be rewarding to examine Mother Elspeth (Phyllida Law) and Daughter Frances’ (Emma Thompson) story in The Winter Guest. The task of tracing their narrative in this crazily edited puzzle was very … Continue reading

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THE WINTER GUEST (1997) – FUNERALS.

At the age of 80 I find I am attending funerals quite often and at the last one it occurred to me how like a performance the rituals are.(see http://www.ageingageismdiary.wordpress.com). Funerals in films are very common. In thrillers, the detectives … Continue reading

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KEEPING MUM (2005) or “it is the least a mother can do”

Like Tatie Danielle, Keeping Mum is difficult to categorise. The reviewers call it a black comedy and their assessments range from Ebert and Rope “It’s probably one of the funniest films to come out of England in years” to Philip French “laboured … Continue reading

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