This week’s new releases at the Irish Film Institute on Friday September 4th 2020 are Les Misérables and The Lady In The Portrait.
Read on for a selection of reviews or pop in to make up your own mind!
“Les Misérables: better than La Haine, more incendiary than Do the Right Thing. A wild and electrifying modern French drama.”
5/5 – Irish Times
“Like the original Hugo novel, “Les Misérables” is both culturally relevant and dramatically compelling, finding a way to balance artistic metaphor, hugely involving storytelling and criticism of a system that allows crushing poverty to survive and prosper.”
Los Angeles Times
“Ly imbues the film with a palpable sense of time and place, never at the expense of tension and excitement.”
4/5 – Empire
“Ly shows command of staging and shooting throughout, simulating documentary form while maintaining a tight grip on narrative coherence.”
The New York Times
THE LADY IN THE PORTRAIT
“Exquisitely-costumed and voluptuously shot, the film evokes life in the Qing Dynasty court with studied elegance and rare intimacy.”
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