Archive | PIAF Reviews RSS feed for this section

Norwegian hood – Headhunters review

Headhunters – Starring Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Synnøve Macody Lund. Directed by Morten Tyldum. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Headhunters plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 26 to March 11. Click here for more details. It arrives in cinemas nationally March 8, 2012. Morten Tyldum‘s Headhunters is the latest adaptation of a […]

Continue reading

Perth International Arts Festival – Tabloid review

Tabloid – Directed by Errol Morris. Rated M. Originally published June 12, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run  – in slightly shorter form – during the Sydney Film Festival. Tabloid plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 20 to February 25. Click here for more details The hilarious documentary Tabloid, from director Errol Morris, […]

Continue reading

Uncomfortable together – Romantics Anonymous review

Romantics Anonymous – Starring Isabelle Carré and Benoît Poelvoorde. Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Romantics Anonymous plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 13 – 26. Click here for more details. It arrives in cinemas nationally April 5, 2012. Those with hearts of stone, read no further. Jean-Pierre Améris‘ delightful […]

Continue reading

Perth International Arts Festival – A Separation review

A Separation – Starring Peyman Moaddi, Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Rated M. Originally published July 31, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run during the Melbourne International Film Festival. A Separation plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 30 to February 12. Click here for more details. […]

Continue reading

Perth International Arts Festival – Buck review

Buck – Directed by Cindy Meehl. Rated PG. Originally published August 1, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was originally run during the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Buck plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 23 to February 5. Click here for more details. Following the exploits of real-life cowboy (as well as inspiration […]

Continue reading

Perth International Arts Festival – Le Havre review

Le Havre – Starring André Wilms, Blondin Miguel and Jean-Pierre Darroussin. Directed by Aki Kaurismäki. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Le Havre plays the Perth International Arts Festival from January 16 to January 22. Click here for more details. Besides having one of the best names in cinema history, Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, (ah-kee kaur-oohs-mak-ee; […]

Continue reading

Perth International Arts Festival – The Kid with a Bike review

The Kid with a Bike – Starring Thomas Doret and Cecile de France. Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Rated M. Originally published July 28, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was first run – in slightly longer form – during the Melbourne International Film Festival. The Kid with a Bike plays the Perth International […]

Continue reading

Perth International Arts Festival – The First Grader review

The First Grader – Starring Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The First Grader plays the Perth International Arts Festival from December 26 2011 to January 8 2012. Click here for more details. The First Grader stars Oliver Litondo as late Kenyan Kimani Maruge, the Guinness World […]

Continue reading

Perth International Arts Festival – We Have a Pope review

We Have a Pope – Starring Michel Piccoli, Nanni Moretti and Margherita Buy. Directed by Nanni Moretti. By Simon Miraudo. We Have a Pope plays the Perth International Arts Festival from December 19 2011 to January 1 2012. Click here for more details. Ever wondered what goes on inside the Vatican when the cardinals from around […]

Continue reading

Perth International Arts Festival – The Future review

The Future – Starring Miranda July and Hamish Linklater. Directed by Miranda July. Originally published June 10, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. This review was originally published during the Sydney Film Festival. The Future plays the Perth International Film Festival from December 12 – 24. Click here for more details.  “Act naturally,” says a little girl to Miranda July as she digs a […]

Continue reading

Perth International Arts Festival – Happy Happy review

Happy Happy – Starring Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen and Joachim Rafaelsen. Directed by Anne Sewitsky. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Happy Happy plays the Perth International Arts Festival from December 5 to 11. Click here for more details. Don’t be fooled: movies with ‘happy’ in the title are rarely that. Happy Go Lucky?  Very, very […]

Continue reading

Perth International Arts Festival – Beloved review

Beloved – Starring Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni and Ludivine Sagnier. Directed by Christophe Honoré. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Beloved plays the Perth International Arts Festival from November 28 to December 4. Click here for more details. Christophe Honoré‘s Beloved fuses frothy French sexcapades with dour tragedy. In his attempts to make a bold genre-and-era-spanning […]

Continue reading

Unclean – The Housemaid review

The Housemaid – Starring Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Jung-Jae and Seo Woo. Directed by Im Sang-soo. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. The Housemaid plays the Perth International Arts Festival from April 11 to April 17. Click here for more details. Im Sang-soo’s The Housemaid either doesn’t know what it wants to be, or is trying to […]

Continue reading

The burden of the body – The Human Resources Manager review

The Human Resources Manager – Starring Mark Ivanir, Noah Silver and Guri Alfi. Directed by Eran Riklis. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The Human Resources Manager plays the Perth International Arts Festival from April 4 to April 17. Click here for more details. The burial process of the ancient Egyptians was unimaginably finicky. They believed […]

Continue reading

Mindgames – The Double Hour review

The Double Hour – Starring Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi. Directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The Double Hour plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 28 to April 10. Click here for more details. The Double Hour also arrives on DVD in Australia May 11. Giuseppe Capotondi’s Italian thriller The […]

Continue reading

Death of the party – Sagan review

Sagan – Starring Sylvie Testud, Jeanne Balibar and Arielle Dombasle. Directed by Diane Kurys. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Sagan plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 21st to March 27th. Click here for more details. Françoise Sagan was one of the most controversial and incendiary figures in modern literature; a French virtuoso who […]

Continue reading

Locked in – Cell 211 review

Cell 211 – Starring Alberto Ammann and Luis Tosar. Directed by Daniel Monzon. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Cell 211 plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 14th to March 27th. Click here for more details. It also arrives on DVD May 18th. People love prison movies. Consider The Shawshank Redemption, the number one […]

Continue reading

Manic pixie dream mum – The First Beautiful Thing review

The First Beautiful Thing – Starring Micaela Ramazzotti, Valerio Mastandrea and Claudia Pandolfi. Directed by Paolo Virzi. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. The First Beautiful Thing plays the Perth International Arts Festival from March 7 to March 20. Click here for more details. Italians sure do love to make sprawling tributes to their mothers and […]

Continue reading

Boys of summer – How I Ended This Summer review

How I Ended This Summer – Starring Grigoriy Dobrygin and Sergei Puskepalis. Directed by Alexei Popogrebsky. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. How I Ended This Summer plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 28 to March 6 (click here for more details). It opens across Australia April 7. How I Ended This Summer is […]

Continue reading

The bookish type – The City of Your Final Destination review

The City of Your Final Destination – Starring Omar Metwally, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Anthony Hopkins. Directed by James Ivory. Rated PG. By Simon Miraudo. The City of Your Final Destination plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 28 to March 6. Click here for more details. Over the course of five decades, producer Ismail […]

Continue reading

Clone wars – Certified Copy review

Certified Copy – Starring Juliette Binoche and William Shimell. Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Certified Copy is currently screening in most states. It plays the Perth International Arts Festival from February 21st to February 27th. Click here for more details. Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy begins as one film and ends as […]

Continue reading

Pretty nomad – Desert Flower review

Desert Flower – Starring Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins and Timothy Spall. Directed by Sherry Horman. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Desert Flower has an exclusive two week season at the Perth International Arts Festival from February 14th to February 27th. Click here for more details. Desert Flower is just like Pretty Woman, if Pretty Woman […]

Continue reading

I believe in miracles – Lourdes review

Lourdes – Starring Sylvie Testud, Lea Seydoux and Elina Lowensohn. Directed by Jessica Hausner. Rated G. Originally published January 31, 2011. By Simon Miraudo. Was it Kierkegaard or Hot Chocolate who spoke the immortal words: ‘I believe in miracles, since you came along … you sexy thing’. Despite the inherent catchiness of that haunting refrain, […]

Continue reading

Sicily’s own – Baarìa review

Baarìa – Starring Francesco Scianna and Margareth Made. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Baarìa – the latest film from Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore – is big. I don’t really know how else to say it. It’s not so much a tasting plate of Italian history as it is an all-you-can-eat-buffet […]

Continue reading

I believe in miracles – Lourdes review

Lourdes – Starring Sylvie Testud, Lea Seydoux and Elina Lowensohn. Directed by Jessica Hausner. Rated G. By Simon Miraudo. Was it Kierkegaard or Hot Chocolate who spoke the immortal words: ‘I believe in miracles, since you came along … you sexy thing’. Despite the inherent catchiness of that haunting refrain, the people of Earth are […]

Continue reading

Tell Everyone. Everything. Ever. – Kawasaki’s Rose review

Kawasaki’s Rose – Starring Lenka Vlassakova, Martin Huba and Milan Mikulcik. Directed by Jan Hrebejk. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Can one truly great scene save a boring film? Czech filmmaker Jan Hrebejk puts that to the test in his latest feature: Kawasaki’s Rose. It’s a film about the entangled lives of one well-to-do Czechoslovakian […]

Continue reading

Baby love – The Refuge review

The Refuge – Starring Isabelle Carré and Louis-Ronan Choisy. Directed by François Ozon. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Roger Ebert is the bane of many a film critics’ existence. He is able to convey in one concise sentence what it takes lesser writers like myself thousands of words to say. On the subject of The […]

Continue reading

Happiness rebooted – Life During Wartime review

Life During Wartime – Starring Allison Janney, Shirley Henderson and Ciaran Hinds. Directed by Todd Solondz. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. It feels a little wrong, even perverse, to describe a Todd Solondz film as “fun”. But Life During Wartime – the sequel to his acclaimed and highly disturbing 1998 picture Happiness – is fun. […]

Continue reading

We were in love – Heartbeats review

Heartbeats – Starring Xavier Dolan, Monia Chokri and Niels Schneider. Directed by Xavier Dolan. By Simon Miraudo. It’s fitting that the latest picture from Canadian actor/writer/director Xavier Dolan takes its cues from the American mumblecore movement and the French New Wave. The Québécois wunderkind – caught between the United States and Europe – delivers an […]

Continue reading

You crazy for this one, Yimou! A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop review

A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop – Starring Yan Ni, Shen-YangXiao and NiDahong. Directed by Zhang Yimou. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. Zhang Yimou’s A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop is exactly the kind of remake we should celebrate. It riffs deliriously on the source material (here, Joel and Ethan Coen’s […]

Continue reading