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The last station home
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The Cove home
La Última Estación – Based on a novel by Jay Parini, The Last Station deals with the final few months in the writer Leo Tolstoy's life in early 20th Century southern Russia. Helen Mirren plays his wife Sofya, who squabbles with the manipulative Vladimir Chertkov (played by Sideways star Paul Giamatti) for the copyright to his works. James McAvoy is Tolstoy’s new secretary who watches the action unfold.
The Cove – Critics have raved about this documentary that is likely to leave you thumping the seats with rage at the injustice of it all. Richard O’Barry once trained the performing dolphins used in Flipper, the TV show that spawned a thousand dolphinariums. Now everything has changed and he does anything possible to prevent dolphins being captured and exploited. This thrilling but horrifying film focusses on the international trading of dolphins and what happens - in a hidden cove - to those dolphins who don’t get chosen to perform. That bit’s not pretty.
Vincere – Marco Bellocchio’s new film is an account of the tragic life of Ida Dalser, Mussolini’s lover, mother of his child and, according to some, his first wife. As you might expect, Mussolini wasn’t exactly great boyfriend material. Dalser was besotted with him but he married someone else the year their son was born and Dalser is forcibly confined to a psychiatric hospital. Let’s just say she doesn’t give up without a fight.
El Retrato De Dorian Gray– Oliver Parker directs this big screen adaption of Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Portrait of Dorian Gray. Ben Barnes plays the handsome aristocrat who starts to obsess about the fact that his looks will fade. Colin Firth excels as the pleasure-loving Lord Henry Wotton who takes the young Dorian under his wing. Not the most respectful adaption but fun to watch all the same.