Your weekly look at what’s new on Blu-ray & DVD. Hugh Jackman bares his claws one last time in ‘Logan’, which many critics have called the best wolverine picture yet. Paul Verhoeven directs Isabelle Huppert in the gripping psychological noir thriller ‘Elle’, and ‘The Age of Shadows’ is a classic action thriller from Japan. Acclaimed French director Francois Ozon’s ‘Frantz’ is a poetic re-imagining of the story behind Ernst Lubitsch’s undersung 1932 drama Broken Lullaby, and Pablo Larrain’s ‘Neruda’ tells of the escape, the investigation and the literary legend of a man once hailed as ‘the greatest poet of the 20th century’.
The Age Of Shadows (15)
Action | Drama | Thriller
Dir. Jee-woon Kim, South Korea, 2016, 140 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Byung-hun Lee, Yoo Gong, Kang-ho Song
Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them.
A talented Korean-born Japanese police officer, who was previously in the independence movement himself, is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause.
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
Dir. Paul Verhoeven, France/Germany/Belgium, 2016, 130 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny
Starring iconic actress Isabelle Huppert in a career-defining role, Elle is already one of the most acclaimed films of the year.
Huppert is Michèle LeBlanc; founder and CEO of a successful video game company, who is attacked in her own home. Taking what appears to be a desire to shrug off the terrifying incident, she locks the door after her attacker and refuses to tell the police.
Upending our expectations, Michèle begins to track down her assailant, and soon they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game, one that at any moment may spiral out of control.
From legendary filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, Elle is a gripping psychological noir thriller. Exhilarating and multi-layered, the film recalls the ambience of Hitchcock, De Palma and Polanski, with a thrilling cerebral edge.
Drama | History | War
Dir. Francois Ozon, France/Germany, 2016, 113 mins, subtitles
Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stotzner, Marie Gruber
One of world cinema’s most prolific auteurs, François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House) returns with the moving and poetic period drama Frantz, an elegant reimagining of the story behind Ernst Lubitsch’s undersung 1932 drama Broken Lullaby.
In a small German town in 1919, Anna mourns every day at the grave of her fiancé, Frantz, who was killed in battle during World War I. One day she spies a mysterious young Frenchman, Adrien, also laying flowers at the grave. Together they begin to bond over their shared grief, though Anna is intrigued by the enigmatic nature of Adrien’s relationship with her fiancé. As the pair become increasingly close, long buried secrets are revealed that will change the fabric of their lives and take them across a wearied and battle-scarred Europe.
Shot with stunning black-and-white photography, Frantz is a masterfully told story of romance, grief and guilt featuring two remarkable lead performances from newcomers Paula Beer and Pierre Niney. At once graceful and and gripping, it is an intimate and timely exploration of healing and forgiveness across European borders.
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
Dir. James Mangold, US, 2017, 137 mins
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen
In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.
Biography | Crime | Drama
Dir. Pablo Larrain, Chile/Rest of the World, 2017, 107 mins, subtitles
Cast: Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Mercedes Morán, Diego Muñoz, Pablo Derqui
Chile, 1948: Senator Pablo Neruda, diplomat and future Nobel Prize-winning poet, accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached. Pursued by the police, Neruda and his artist wife are forced into hiding and an intimate game of cat and mouse begins.
In Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows and artists, led by Picasso, call for his freedom. Neruda, meanwhile, inspired by his transformative new life as a fugitive, writes his epic collection of poems, Canto General, capturing the turmoil of a Latin America in crisis.
Paying homage to a mercurial creator who is impossible to pin down in conventional biography, this playful, inventive feature by acclaimed director Pablo Larraín (Jackie and Oscar-nominated NO) is the story of the escape, the investigation and the literary legend of a man once hailed as ‘the greatest poet of the 20th century’. Starring Luis Gnecco and Gael García Bernal, the film plays out like a road movie, inviting us to soar alongside Neruda in his poetry, his memory, and his deeply held sometimes paradoxical political ideals.
SPECIAL FEATURES * BFI’s Maria Delgado interviews Pablo Larraín and Gael García Bernal * Theatrical Trailer