London Film Festival Previews, Pt. 1 opinion

The London Film Festival kicks off today. Rejoice! The first of several such escapades, here’s a quick look at some of the films on offer in the coming weeks.

Like Crazy

It could be argued that Like Crazy, charting a deeply loving but incredibly difficult long-distance relationship between two young lovebirds is a little on the soppy side. But the faux-observational directorial approach and two impressive actors with that all-important chemistry produce a touching, intense affair from a convincing beginning to recognisable, heartbreaking trials and tribulations that end on a perfect note. (4/5)

Like Crazy will be showing at the festival on the 13th and 15th October and is currently due for a general release February next year.

Dark Horse

Somewhat lighter than his previous work, Todd Solondz offers up a slightly empty chuckle-drama about an unlikely, forced romance between a desperate depressive and an overweight 30-something man-child. There are some nicely peculiar situations within some nicely designed sets and quirky characters are brilliantly sculpted and entertainingly realised by a top-notch cast. Plenty to admire. (3/5)

Dark Horse will be showing at the festival on the 14th, 16th, and 17th October and does not yet have a general release date.

Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Claiming to do nothing more than observe a defining period of the American civil rights movement from a Swedish point-of-view, the documentary threads together unique archive footage with a host of commentators, few of whom are Swedish. The unique, intriguing claim, then, proves to be tenuous and is casually forgotten as the film plays out like 100 other black American history documentaries. (2/5)

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 will be showing at the festival on the 14th and 17th October and will go on general release 21st October.

Las Acacias

The simple story of a mother with a small child who joins a truck driver on a journey across Argentina turns out to be one of the festival’s highlights. The characters’ relationship and attraction builds so slowly, subtly, and silently it’s quite remarkable, even awesome, how first-time director Pablo Giorgelli and his cast pull off something so genuine, moving, and convincing. A beautiful piece of cinema. (4/5)

Las Acacias will be showing at the festival on the 17th and 18th October and is due to go on general release 2nd December.

12th Oct 2011