Archive for the ‘London Film Festival 2014’ Category

1. In Darkness We Fall (La Cueva)

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Directed by Alfredo Montero; Starring Marcos Ortiz, Marta Castellote, Jorge Páez

Although the found-footage horror genre is becoming tedious and worn out, this will surely be remembered as one of the last good ones. It is about a group of twenty-somethings who are on holiday on a Mediterranean island and decide to explore a group of caves. Not for the faint of heart, this film exploits claustrophobia almost too effectively and will leave you feeling unsettled to say the least. This is a must see for any horror fans.

2. Near Death Experience

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Directed by Benoît Délepine, Gustave Kervern; Starring Michel Houellebecq, Bertram Marius, Manon Chance

Near Death Experience is a fantastically dark comedy about a man in his fifties who is contemplating suicide. With flawlessly performed French deadpan, moments of complete absurdity, and even the occasional slapstick, I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of dark comedies such as In Bruges or The Guard and wants to see what the French have to offer to the genre.

3. Wild

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Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée; Starring Reece Witherspoon

The fact that Reece Witherspoon is already being rumoured as a nominee for the Best Actress Oscar 2015 for this film should be reason enough to see this. If phenomenal performances aren’t for you, then watch this for the beautiful scenery and the memorizing journey of a broken woman hiking solo over 1,000km to redeem her troubled past. Full of metaphors and soul searching, this is a film that will play on your mind and stay with you long after watching.