The movies to see in Aprilby Francine Stock / March 16, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in April 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
On release from 7th April
French-Belgian director Julia Ducournau’s remarkably poised debut might have proved a bloody mess. When Justine (below) arrives at a provincial university—alma mater of her parents, who are softly spoken vegetarians—she undergoes brutal hazing rituals. The trauma unleashes a horrifying reaction, yet Ducournau’s cool style elevates gory genre to a surprisingly tender exploration of female anxiety about the body and relationships. Raw (in French Grave) may have attracted prizes for its writer/director at Cannes but it’s the lead performance by Garance Marillier that is memorably incisive.
On release from 21st April
Mohamed Diab’s Cairo drama is confined to the interior of an armoured truck during violent demonstrations in 2013. Bundled inside by police are individuals across the political spectrum, from the Muslim Brotherhood to army supporters. Deftly shot (with a vivid evocation of the turmoil on the streets) the arguments reveal the ironies and cruelties of the political divisions. Unusually for such a high-concept piece, Clash maintains tension until the final frame.