Discovered as an abandoned infant in the bed of Squire Allworthy, Tom Jones is named and adopted by a wealthy landowner who raises him as his own. As a young man, Tom yearns for the comely daughter of a neighbouring squire, but he grows into a charming womaniser whose amorous adventures lead him to London and to a duel with a jealous husband. He's sentenced to hang, but fate intervenes.
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U3Ac: Open to the public. Part of the latest programme of repertory films brought to us by the University of the Third Age Cambridge Film Group.
A dying woman (Andersson) is attended to in her rural mansion by her sisters (Ullmann, Thulin) and her maid... That’s the simple premisefor one of Bergman’s most resonant studies of familial bonds, solitude, suffering and the female psyche. The remarkable saturated colour scheme transcends mere recreation of early 20th-century furnishings, décor and costumes; performed to perfection, the film is an examination of the human soul.
Director: Aki Kaurismäki. Starring: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji. Finland/Germany 2017. 100 mins. Finnish/Swedish/Arabic with English subtitles.
Acclaimed writer-director Aki Kaurismäki’s poignant follow-up to Le Havre sensitively weaves together the struggles of two men who flee their homes, albeit in very different circumstances. The first is Khaled (Haji), a Syrian refugee separated from his family, who arrives in Helsinki hidden as a stowaway on a coal freighter. After his transfer to a bleak, impersonal holding centre, the details of his tragic story come to light. Meanwhile, a parallel, equally desperate tale unfolds courtesy of spiky salesman Waldemar Wikström (Kuosmanen), who leaves his drunken wife and quite literally gambles everything on financing a failing restaurant. Typically of Kaurismäki, there’s much dark humour as Wikström and Khaled’s paths cross, yet antagonism eventually yields to sympathy, spawning a surrogate family unit that touchingly fills in for absent kin.
Director: Martin Zandvliet.
Starring: Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Joel Basman. Denmark/Germany 2015. 101 mins. German/Danish with English subtitles.
This highly intelligent and often disturbing Oscar-nominated story of revenge and post-conflict retribution will go down as one of finest films about the true cost of war, as seen from the viewpoint of vanquished aggressors. Multi-award-winning Danish writer-director Martin Zandvliet (Applause) takes as his starting point 1945 Denmark, where, after five years of German occupation, brutish army sergeant Carl Rasmussen (Møller) is sent by his callous captain (Følsgaard) to remove 1.5 million land mines from the country’s beaches. He’s then given a group of teenage German POWs, tacitly considered expendable, to do the actual, extremely dangerous work. But after taunting them about their defeat, starving them of rations and almost gleefully putting them in harm’s way, Rasmussen gradually develops a compassion for their plight, albeit too late to save their humanity.