Rate this week's film – add your comments too, if you want! Results in next AFS email to members and on this page later this week
You rated Snakeskin 86% – 4.5 stars! • I thought it was a bold and brave film. Quite menacing with considerable humour throughout. • A knowing and entertaining mash-up of genres. As Johnny/Craig said of the outlaw, he didn't seem real, and neither did the other characters at times. Best scene for me was the dog high-tailing it out of the skinheads car. • Loved this Alice and her adventures in a supernatural psychedelic wonderland. Such an impressive first feature!
You rated Lamb 80% – 4 stars! • Excellent cultural experience
You rated Pickpocket 80% – 4 stars! • Great choice, a masterpiece • I just loved the way Bresson went against all the conventions of cinema to create a sense of unease. (Almost all the conventions of cinema - the image was beautiful.) • Although intense and certainly a classic in its French New Wave minimalism, I would hold back in calling it "phenomenal" as Werner Herzog has done. I found the script stilted and the action robotic. I think newbie actor LaSalle could have been give more directorial guidance. • Not convinced that Bresson is that great. Hoped this early film would make me forgive his tedious later works. It didn't. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ "Some acclaim [Bresson] as the greatest… others have difficulty understanding him" – see the director respond to his critics here
You rated Rafiki 82% – 4 stars! • It was a really enjoyable film - well acted, nicely paced - and great to see a Kenyan movie on these themes. • Loved the bright African colours. Hate the African attitude to the Rainbow community! • Loved this movie! Very sensitive portrayal of not only the relationship between the main characters but also the broader family relationships and parenting styles.