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Charlotte Rampling

Red Sparrow (2018) Film Review

The concept of the Sparrows - attractive female spies trained to use their sexuality to compromise male targets - sounds like something that would be right at home in farcical espionage literature. Remember Xenia Onatopp from GoldenEye?

The Sense of An Ending (2017)

It is hard to ignore a film boasting a cast including Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery and Emily Mortimer, especially when it is based on a novel that won the Booker Award in 2011. However, with such a complex narrative…

45 Years (2015)

Graham Greene’s line about the perils of insecurity in relationships, how it “twists meanings and poisons trust”, feels particularly pertinent when reflecting upon writer/director Andrew Haigh’s profoundly poignant second feature, 45 Years.…

Jeune et Jolie (2013)

Francois Ozon's Jeune et Jolie is the portrait of a young schoolgirl from a well to do middle-class background and her coming-of-age into adolescence in modern day Paris. The film left me with a lot of questions but very few answers and it…

The Sea (2013)

A man (Ciaran Hinds) decides to head back to the area he grew up in as a child, revisiting the sea there and also a host of old memories vying for position in his mind. Something bad happened there in the past, that much we know, but it's…

I, Anna (2012)

This is a handsome and intriguing drama. I fancy director Barnaby Southcombe would characterise it as a thriller, but it never quite musters the intensity for that. We are pitched into the world of Allegra (Charlotte Rampling, in real life…

Cleanskin (2012)

Cleanskin is a very well-produced action drama about politics and terrorism today. Sean Bean plays Ewan, a world-weary and battle-hardened Secret Service field operative; the kind who does the hard work of tracking down active terrorists…

Melancholia (2011)

Love him or loathe him, Danish auteur Lars von Trier is one of the most interesting filmmakers in the last twenty years. With works such as Breaking the Waves and his 2009 controversial horror Antichrist, we see his usual traits including…

Melancholia (2011)

Okay, let me start the review of this much-anticipated Lars von Trier movie with two statements of intent. 1) Prior to seeing Melancholia, I had seen three Lars von Trier movies – Dancer In The Dark (classic), Dogville (classic) and…