This week is a quieter one for film releases but not without its highlights. Along with the re-release of a Hardy classic and two award-winning French dramas, Liam Neeson stars in action crime drama Run All Night, and James Graham debuts as a film writer with the quirky comedy drama X + Y which asks: could there be a formula for love?
Elle L’Adore, French comedy starring Sandrine Kiberlain as Muriel Bayen, a divorced beautician and mother of two whose dedicated fandom to singer Vincent Lacroix is one day reciprocated when Vincent arrive on her doorstep with a plea for her help.
Far From the Madding Crowd, re-release of the 1967 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, starring Julie Christie and Terence Stamp. The story of a wilful, passionate, young woman whose search for a devoted husband finds her romantically involved with three very different men.
Lou!, French comedy-drama based on the comic book series Lou! Journal Infime. Teenage Lou lives alone with her irresponsibly mother, spending her days obsessively documenting the movements of her dreamy neighbour Tristan, until one day the arrival of a new neighbour sparks the romantic interests of her mother.
My Name is Salt is a documentary film by Farida Pacha. It follows the thousands of families who move to a desert in India for eight months every year to extract salt from the earth that is then washed away when the desert returns to sea.
Starring Liam Neeson as mobster and hitman Jimmy Coulon is action thriller Run All Night. After Jimmy shoots mob boss Shawn Maguire’s son in order to protect his own son Michael, the father and son must go on the run from Maguire’s vengeful chase. Jimmy must choose between his loyalties to his friend Shawn and the protection of his son.
Suite Francais is set during the early years of German occupation in France, and follows the romance that blooms between a French villager and a German soldier. What arises is a forbidden love between Lucile and the enemy, and the need for a choice between love and duty.
X+Y is the heart-warming story of Math prodigy Nathan and his coming-of-age when he lands a place on the British Math Squad, starring Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall and Asa Butterfield. In the team, he finds new friends, new love and steps away from his socially awkward self. Love is even to be found for Nathan’s mother in the form of his old mathematics teacher, Humphreys.