THROUGH the west, The Glasgow Film Festival has kicked off and I’ve been spending my days seeing what it has to offer.
None of the films I’ve seen so far have been poor and everyone I’ve either spoken to or seen discussing it online seems impressed.
And there’s still a lot more films to come - three I’ve yet to see are Mommy, Force Majeure and X+Y.
So, what have I seen? Well, sadly, I missed out on the opening gala While We’re Young due to other commitments, so my first film was Appropriate Behaviour.
It’s about a Persian 20-something lesbian whose long-term relationship comes to an end, leaving her to find her own way to fix her broken heart.
Written, directed by and starring Desiree Akhavan, the film isn’t only funny and well observed in itself, but it also marks the arrival of an interesting new voice with big potential.
A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort in 18 years, is a prim and fluffy period drama that’s sufficient enough as eye candy, but never becomes anything deeper.
Where I was slightly underwhelmed by A Little Chaos - I somehow managed to attend the screening that Rickman wasn’t at - I absolutely loved Clouds of Sils Maria and Wild Tales.
Starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart (pictured), Clouds of Sils Maria is a superbly acted and deeply layered character drama, with a fascinating meta-element.
Wild Tales, meanwhile, is a riot. Six segments connected through themes and tone rather than narrative.
Rosewater was interesting, too. Jon Stewart of the Daily Show directs Gael Garcia Bernal in a satirical political drama about the risks of front-line reporting.
For more movie news, views and reviews go to www.emptyscreens.com