REVIEW ROUNDUP: LA BELLE ÉPOQUE, A DOG CALLED MONEY, THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOC

There are three new releases at the Irish Film Institute on Friday November 22nd 2019: La Belle Époque, A Dog Called Money and The Amazing Johnathan Documentary.

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

LA BELLE ÉPOQUE
“Ardant is particularly strong in a film that eventually gains real emotional traction.”
4/5 – Irish Times

“Written and directed by Nicolas Bedos, La Belle Epoque is a dazzling tour de force for everyone who likes magnificent escapism.”
5/5 – RTÉ

“Where so many high-concept romantic comedies squander their one big idea, “La Belle Époque” leverages its own to remind how and why we fall in love in the first place…”
Variety

“Everything clicks here, all the time.”
Hollywood Reporter

“A sweet, inventive Richard Curtis-style romantic-comedy crowdpleaser that deftly balances hearty laughs and heartwarming emotion.”
Screen International

A DOG CALLED MONEY
“It’s fascinating to see the creative process laid bare in such a way, and the film confirms Harvey’s position as a vital and relevant artist who thrives through collaboration and experimentation.”
4/5 – Radio Times

“Murphy has an unerring eye for poetic compositions that emphasise faces, isolated soldiers and civilians in battle zones, and anomalous juxtapositions of vulnerable non-combatants and military personnel.”
Sight and Sound

THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY
“It’s compelling stuff: funny, moving and, yes, often amazing. Johnathan is a slippery subject, but in Berman he has a committed chronicler, who is even prepared to smoke meth with him on camera.”
4/5 – Times

“A daft, dazzling exercise in reflexivity, albeit a somewhat familiar one.”
4/5 – Little White Lies

“Timely, infuriating and empathetic, Berman’s personable account of a film gone wrong makes for an engrossing diversion into practical magic.”
4/5 – The List

“It clinches – or un-clinches – everything we have previously seen and heard”
4/5 – Financial Times

“At times, [it] is laugh-out-loud funny in a way that’s unexpected for a documentary about a deceitful, dying meth-addict magician on his final fumbling tour.”
Screen International

“An eccentric, wild and gripping goose chase of a film, all the jesters at the center of Jonathan Documentary are fascinating.”
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