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Every Monday morning approaching 11:00, a convoy of prams and buggies piloted by wide-eyed mums, dads Baby vehicleand carers, can be tracked making its way determinedly up the Chamberlayne Road. Gratefully grabbing a rare opportunity for interaction with the outside world, an opportunity to hear the voices and thoughts of OTHER ADULTS, to have a coffee and share suffering, or even just to gawk at some eye candy up on the big screen for a couple of hours (Clooney and Downey Jr seem to cause a dramatic spike in audience size), without having to worry about the little one squealing/feeding/pooing in public.

The volume is lower, the lights slightly higher, there’s plenty of space for buggy-parking and baby changing. Our film is usually that week’s main feature. For precise details, check the programme.  All tickets cost £5 (babies free). Our Bruce Munro light installation is said to have a powerfully calming effect on our little guests, leading some to propose that our “scream screen” shows are the quietest in the country…

Carers & Babies: The Past

“It’s severity and cerebral force are beyond question. Director Asghar Farhadi confirms his place among cinema’s true grown-ups with a pressure cooker of a relationship drama.” The Guardian

Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning A Separation revisits the same territory of complex family relationships within repressive societies.  Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) travels from his home in Teheran to Paris to finalise his divorce from his long-estranged wife, Marie (Berenice Bejo, The Artist). Already living with a much younger new partner (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet) and his son, Marie appears to simply want a civilised closure.   As Ahmad is obliged to stay in their somewhat chaotic household, it’s soon obvious that this won’t be easy as one revelation leads to another – and each challenges the assumptions made before.

Beautifully written, sensitively directed, and powerfully acted,  this stands as another compelling testament to Asghar Farhadi’s gift for finely layered drama.  Prepare yourself for post-film debate!

 

Carers & Babies: Calvary

“Brendan Gleeson gives a performance of monumental soul in John Michael McDonagh’s masterful follow-up to The Guard.” Variety

Pesky, in a nutshell, the motley parishioners of rural Irish priest Fr Lavell.  And then there are the complications of supporting a grown, emotionally fragile daughter.  Things take a distinct turn for the worse, though, when from the security of the confessional one of his flock informs Fr Lavell that he will be murdered for the sins of the church on the following Sunday.

Hailed as a delicious whodunnit by the Guardian, this is
 a gripping and beautifully performed black comedy, which won’t surprise anyone who enjoyed The Guard, coming as it does from the same director/actor duo.  Gleeson loads his every move with ambiguity and humour, while director McDonagh deftly handles the juxtaposition of darkness and light.  Slancha!

Carers & Babies: Starred Up

“For the most part this is furiously compelling stuff, convincingly mounted and superbly acted.” Tom Huddleston, Time Out

Starred Up* follows a troubled young offender named Eric (Jack O’Connell) who, because of his violent, erratic behaviour, is transferred to the same adult prison where his estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn) is being held. Out of control and constantly fighting the prison guards and his fellow inmates, Jack is sent to work with Oliver (Homeland‘s Rupert Friend), a volunteer psychotherapist who recognizes Jack’s untapped warmth and potential. As Jack works to improve himself, he must decide whether to forgive his father before it’s too late for both of them.

With stunning performances from newcomer O’Connell and the ever-mesmerising Mendelsohn, this is “tough and terrific.” (The Times)

* Starred up – slang for when a juvenile offender is sent to adult prison.