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Posts tagged ‘London’

Wild Bill (2011)

Directed by: Dexter Fletcher

4 stars

Bill, released after an eight-year stretch in prison, returns to his council flat in the east-end council estate where he finds two sons, fifteen year-old Dean, and eleven-year old Jimmy, fending for themselves, their mother having left some months before. Read more

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

4 stars

London, 1973.  Control (John Hurt), the head of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) chairs his last meeting of the Circus, his most senior officers: Percy Alleline (Toby Jones), Bill Haydon (Colin Firth), Toby Esterhase (David Dencik), Roy Bland (Ciarán Hinds) and George Smiley (Gary Oldman). Edgy, paranoid, and scoffed at by his government masters over his belief that there is a Soviet mole operating within the Circus, Control has initiated an operation to meet a defecting Hungarian general in Budapest, and get information from him about the mole.  But the mission has gone wrong … Read more

The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

Directed by: Terence Davies

4 stars

In post-war London, Hester (Rachel Weisz) is unhappily married to Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale), a much older man in thrall to his mother.  She falls for Freddie (Tom Hiddleston), a glamorous Battle of Britain fighter-pilot, but the romance is soon as faded as the one-room apartment they move into.  As Freddie turns increasingly hostile, and William tries to get her back, Hester attempts suicide, but is unsuccessful in every respect. Read more

Lipstikka (2011) 

Directed by: Jonathan Sagall

3 stars

Two old friends, Lara (Clara Khoury) and Inan (Nataly Attiya), both living in London, meet after a long separation.  Over the course of a day, and with numerous flashbacks to earlier stages of their lives, we learn how something about how they reached this point. Read more