4 December 2015.
Neptune Ravar Ingwersen reviews film extensively for publications in Switzerland. She views 4 to 8 films a week and her aim is to sort the wheat from the chaff for readers.
BRIDGE OF SPIES ***1/2
Here are the facts about this film:
Steven Spielberg directing, co-written by the Cohn brothers, cinematography by Janusz Kaminski (“Schindler’s List”, “Saving Private Ryan”) and starring Tom Hanks. All Oscar-winners, making for quality across the board. It is based on real events, spanning from Brooklyn and the U.S. Supreme Court to ice-cold East Berlin, during the height of the Cold War in the late 50s and early 60s. Need more reasons to run to this excellent film?
I reveal no more, except that being a Spielberg film, it is a gripping spy tale – with touches of humor – that is also about heroism, strength of character and decency. A few traits that are hard to find these days…
TODAY ***1/2 (vo Farsi, French subtitles)
If you know the exceptional quality of Iranian cinema, don’t miss TODAY, presented by the Cine Club Persan and showing only on Monday, 7th of December at the GRULTI cinemas, next to Victoria Hall. Aperitifs will be offered from 19.30.
This multi-awarded film (chosen to represent Iran at the 2015 Oscars) by Reza Mirkarimi tells of a taxi driver in Tehran who helps an ailing woman to a nearby hospital, and the consequences of his good-Samaritanship… The simple story – of not only Iranian but universal issues – and the naturalistic, understated acting by the two protagonists will both illuminate and break your heart.
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