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BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

119 minutes, U.S.A., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema


This film was released on Friday 2nd January 2015.

Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is a recognised movie star, haunted by his appearances in The Birdman films, a popular  super-hero franchise. Desperate to prove himself a true artist, he ambitiously attempts to launch a Raymond Carver adaptation on Broadway, a play he has written, directs and stars in.

On the countdown to opening night, Thomson has to deal with an ego-driven theatre actor (Edward Norton), who is in a complicated relationship with the play’s leading lady (Naomi Watts); his sardonic daughter (Emma Stone), recently released from rehab and employed as his personal assistant in the hope that they might find time to bond; a burgeoning affair with another cast member (Andrea Riseborough); a wilful, unforgiving newspaper critic (Lindsay Duncan); and the unrelenting voices in his head. Bristling with ideas and featuring a great cast, Iñárritu’s film is emotionally rich, technically audacious and dazzling in its ambition. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

★★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★★ Entertainment.ie ★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★ Irish Independent

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