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A Good Woman is Hard to Find

Director: Abner Pastoll

Writer: Ronan Blaney

Cast: Sarah Bolger, Andrew Simpson, Edward Hogg, Jane Brennan, Rudy Doherty, Macie McCauley

Producers: Guillaume Benski, Junyoung Jang

Music: Matthew Pusti

Cinematography: Richard Bell

Editor: Abner Pastoll

Cert: 18

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2019


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What’s the story: In Northern Ireland, recently widowed Sarah (Bolger) cares for her two kids, Ben (Doherty) and Lucy (McCauley). Her life becomes more complicated when criminal Tito (Simpson) busts into her flat with drugs stolen from a fearsome local gangster (Hogg).

What’s the verdict: A Good Woman is Hard to Find is equal parts Ken Loach, Shallow Grave, Dead Man’s Shoes and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance...

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Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night - Marion Cotillard,Dardenne, posterDirector: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Writers: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet

Cert: 15

Running time: 95mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Belgian duo the Dardennes brothers deliver another low-key but riveting and compassionate account of life in the modern world. Marion Cotillard is typically mesmeric as a woman fighting for her factory job after a bout of depression sees her targeted for redundancy. A film of real warmth and humanity, pathos and humour, never striking a false note.

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The full verdict: Living, breathing, Palme D’or winning proof that all that is required to make a good film is a good story, with minimal fuss the Dardennes have established themselves as two of the most vital filmmakers currently working.

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