Sensitively portrayed and carefully ensuring that distressing scenes are not over-done, director Wojciech Smarzowski has created a beautifully emotionally meditation on the indestructible nature of love.
This is an astonishingly complex and revealing piece of investigative journalism, and the risk Brügger took by going into the lion’s den and exposing the true nature of so-called ‘diplomacy’ in the Central African Republic is highly commendable.
A mad plot, plenty of gore and oodles of humour; this film has all the makings of a cult classic.
Full of twists and revelations, this really is hair-raising stuff that has to be seen to believed.
With a nod to the mystery and inadvertent humour typical of the sci-fi alien invasion movies of the 1950s, this is a fun film that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
There’s an element of fairy tale here which will divide some viewers, but it would take a hard soul not to be in some way delighted by this feel-good film.
Sensitive, eye-opening and entertaining, Ghobadi has created a delicate mix of light and dark, and as such makes the plight of his characters – and what we can only assume are their real life counterparts – thoroughly engaging, and painfully sad.
A long history of neutrality, decidedly well out of the European Union and one of the richest countries in the world; if there’s one thing Switzerland’s good at, it’s protecting its own interests. In September 2006 the Swiss people voted to extend these interests into backing tough laws on asylum seekers. This sees anyone without documentation arrested and incarcerated in a detention centre for up to 24 months, without recourse to a lawyer, while they await inevitable deportation – which comes on the day without any warning or goodbyes.
This is a feel-good film that reminds us to appreciate what we’ve got, because human nature’s inherent longing for the past will never be productive.
Something we in Europe take for granted is our ability to live, work and travel unrestricted in any of the EU member states; essentially, our freedom. But for millions if not billions around the world the only hope of achieving a better life is to become one of many illegal immigrants, none more widely known than the plight of Mexicans looking for opportunities in the USA.
The real strength in this piece is its ability to present the bigger picture; that ultimately everyone is human and it is the cruelest amongst us who live with the greatest pain and regrets.