REVIEW ROUNDUP: MARIANNE AND LEONARD, THE CHAMBERMAID, THE CURRENT WAR

New releases at the Irish Film Institute on Friday the 26th of July 2019: Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love, The Chambermaid and The Current War.

Read on for a selection of reviews or pop in to make up your own mind!

MARIANNE AND LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE
“Broomfield maintains a delicate balance throughout”
4/5 – Irish Times

“Nick Broomfield’s riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story.”
4/5 – Guardian

“Achieving the kind of balance to which Cohen always aspired, “Marianne & Leonard” is heartbreaking and heartening in Zen-like equal measure.”
Washington Post

“This is an insider’s fascinating meditation on the nature of genius and stardom and the toll they take on the naively optimistic.”
Chicago Reader

“Using personal photos and brief snatches of home-video footage, [Broomfield] has tenderly delved into the Leonard-Marianne relationship and assembled one of his most poetic, beguiling films.”
4/5 – Telegraph

THE CHAMBERMAID
“The Chambermaid offers the perfect sketch of a life that regards the acquisition of an apparently abandoned red dress as a reason to keep striving.”
5/5 – Irish Times

“It’s a beautiful, melancholy film, and makes you begin to wonder if Karl Marx didn’t have a point.”
4/5 – Irish Independent

“An eerily atmospheric, poignant, disquieting movie about 21st-century luxury and the invisible servant class required to maintain it.”
4/5 – Guardian

“The Chambermaid” is empathy cinema but hardly miserablist in its shape.”
LA Times

“[An] incredibly patient and empathetic film…”
Variety

“Lila Avilés, making a remarkable feature debut, brings us a study of work that has an exacting purity.”
5/5 – Telegraph

THE CURRENT WAR
“Apart from those nutty camera angles and lenses, which throw you out of the action, The Current War is absorbing …”
New York Magazine

“This a watchably stylised period film, with interesting visual setpieces and faces looming up at us out of intricately contrived backgrounds.”
Guardian

 


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