François Holmey

Writer and editor in London

London - United Kingdom

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  • The Pearl Button, directed by Patricio Guzmán

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    Patricio Guzmán’s latest documentary focuses on two distinct yet related elements of Chile’s past, the history of its indigenous people and the victims of Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship – the desaparecidos –, movingly tied together by a pearl button. It is also, at its core, a deep and beautiful reflection of our relationship with water and nature.
  • Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

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    Birdman is a fascinating satire of fame and self-obsession. Set in New York, the movie focuses its attention on Riggan Thomson – wonderfully played by Michael Keaton – who directs, and acts in, his first Broadway play. Once a celebrated movie actor, Riggan hopes to revive his past success thanks to this theatrical performance. The movie traces the theatre’s life all the way through to the opening night, and explores Riggan’s thoughts and motivations as we hear and see his tyrannical ego – impersonated by the superhero Birdman he used to enact – obsessively taunting him for his failures. 
  • Leviathan, directed by Andrei Zvyangintsev

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    Set in a remote village in the north of Russia, Leviathan tells with tragic beauty the story of Kolya, a car mechanic, in his struggle to prevent the local mayor from expropriating and redeveloping his land.
  • Two Days, One Night, directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

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    Two Days, One Night opens with the abrupt awakening of Sandra, as she learns her dismissal on the phone. About to return to work after suffering from a depression, Sandra discovers that, as a result of cost cutting measures, her colleagues at the factory have chosen to keep their bonuses rather than maintain her position. After managing to convince her employer to reorganise the vote, she strives for one weekend to convince her colleagues to let her stay.
  • Jimmy’s Hall, directed by Ken Loach

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    Jimmy’s Hall is a moving counterpoint to Yeats’ poem on the wandering Aengus, which is recited in one of the movie’s scenes. Both works narrate the discovery of a purpose in life and the resolve of a pursuit – whether it be the endless search of a person in one, or the tireless defence of a cause in the other.