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Who’s in itPauline Collins, Joanna Lumley, Tom Conti, Sylvia Sims. Directed by Lewis Gilbert, and written by Willy Russell.
What’s it aboutShirley Valentine (Pauline Collins) is a middle-aged, bored Liverpool housewife. She finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life.
She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like, and feels she's become stagnated and stuck in deep a rut. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid holiday to Greece for two and invites her along, she jumps at the chance to do something different.
Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light. And would you believe, whilst on holiday she meets a local man (Tom Conti), and that proves very interesting.
Refreshment break half way through.
Run time 108 minutes
Intouchable.Philippe is a rich accident-damaged quadriplegic who owns a luxurious Parisian mansion. He and his assistant Magalie are interviewing candidates to be his live-in carer.
Good-fun French film
Driss is a candidate who actually has no ambition to get hired. He's there just to get a signature to show that he was interviewed and rejected, so that he can continue to receive his welfare benefits.
He is extremely casual and shamelessly flirts with Magalie. He is told to come back the next morning to get his signed letter. Driss goes back to the tiny flat that he shares with his extended family in a bleak Parisian suburb. His aunt, exasperated from not hearing from him for six months, orders him to leave the flat - whoops: is he going to have to get a job after all?
When it's discussed, Philippe offers him a trial period of one month to gain experience in helping him: then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe - and his employees.
The Guardian gives it **** and says - "for once, the hype is justified. This is a charming, uplifting French drama – an irreverent, humorous take on disability, closely drawn from real-life."
Venez, avec vos amis !!
But we should warn you ...
it only got 57 award nominations.
film starts at 7:45
Don't miss this one !!It will not have escaped the world's attention that there is a very special anniversary be marked this year, which is the centenary of the start of the First World War. Amongst all the contributions that remind us of the tragedy, it’s hard to imagine a piece that’s more poignant and hard-hitting than Joan Littlewood's "Oh What A Lovely War", first produced in 1963.
A satirical musical, it highlights the ironies and tragedies of this immense episode in history, tracing the course of the Great War through a constantly changing series of scenes and songs.
The actors, who are dressed as pierrots, play generals, soldiers, and civilians from pretty much every nationality involved in the conflict. They change character by simply changing hats, or by sticking on a false moustache. To further enhance the vaudeville-like feeling of the show, the performers are directed by an unnamed ringmaster.
The first act is funny, somewhat sentimental, and surprisingly light-hearted. Just before the interval however, it becomes clear that the jokes and the cheery songs were all part of an elaborate set up to lull you into a false sense of security. It makes the second act hit all the harder, as its content ranges from the French soldiers bleating like sheep as they walk into the machine-gun fire, to the industrialists of the nations allied against Germany bleating about ‘peace scares’, and helping us all to believe in the ‘economic necessity of war’.
When drawing people together for the audition, Mike ended his briefing note by saying "I can promise you it will be a moving and yet entertaining piece of total theatre."
Setting the tone
The whole team is determined to make this another in the series of spot-on productions from BroADS - another skilled, slick, team effort.
start at 7:30