Our latest Cinema Belgium article recommends four new releases.
Margaux (Emmanuelle Béart), after the death of her husband, must learn to rebuild herself in her fifties. The film is a portrait of strength from Ludovic Bergery, in his first film as director. The tragedy of mourning is treated here, not as the end of a cycle, but as a starting point for a new life. Béart portrays a destroyed woman, without a landmark who must emotionally rebuild herself – her body, her age, her uncertainties. She has the intrinsic fear of rejection and must above all reconnect with the feeling of love.
The Mauritanian is based on the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian man who was held for fourteen years (from 2002 to 2016) without charge in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, a United States military prison. The film is directed by Kevin Macdonald based on a screenplay written by M.B. Traven, Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, adapted from Slahi’s 2015 memoir Guantánamo Diary – essentially, the film tells of a prisoner who, after being subjected to horrific torture, confesses to crimes of terrorism. A defence attorney (Jodie Foster) who makes it her personal mission to defend everyone, including accused terrorists, and to uphold the constitution, makes it her mission to defend this man.
In the Mood for Love
One of the most beautiful films made in China, ever, In the Mood for Love is benefiting from a 4K restoration and re-release. Wong Kar-wai (As Tears Go By, 1987) brings a haunting, touching and utterly sweet tale of a man (played by Tony Leung) and a woman (Maggie Cheung) whose spouses have an affair together and who slowly develop feelings for each other. Frequently (and deservedly) listed as one of the greatest films of all time and one of the major works of Asian cinema, this is simply unmissable.
Former twist-master M. Night Shyamalan returns with this (potentially) disturbing psychological horror. A family on a tropical vacation discovers that the secluded beach they are relaxing on for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day.
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