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François Ozon’s devilish drama marries the twists and psychological suspense of its Ruth Rendell source novel with its director’s taste for mischievous melodramatics.
On her best friend Laura’s death-bed, Claire (Anäis Demoustier) promises to look after Laura’s husband David (Romain Duras) and their new baby. But the pact takes on a surprising twist when Clare discovers a shocking secret about David. Director François Ozon, who continues to grow with every film, manages to have his delicious cake and eat it, presenting a drama that marries Hitchcockian suspense with camp psychosexual comedy in a style reminiscent of Pedro Almodóvar, all spiced up with an exploration of the slippery nature of sexual identity.
Melodrama 1934 74 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
The surviving, incomplete version of Ozu's moving silent drama about a young man struggling to deal with a disturbing family secret.
Drama 1948 84 mins Director: Yasujiro Ozu
In a Japan recently devastated by World War II a devoted, near-destitute mother turns to prostitution to pay medical bills when her son falls dangerously ill.
Melodrama 1933 45 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Chikako (Yoshiko Okada) works hard to pay her brothers Ryoichi’s (Ureo Egawa) college fees, but disaster looms when he learns the true nature of her work.
Crime 1930 64 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Young father Shuji turns to crime to pay his daughter's medical bills in Ozu's masterly early drama.
Crime 1933 100 mins Silent Director: Yasujiro Ozu
A seemingly ordinary typist moonlights as a fun-loving gangster's moll in one of Ozu's most enduring silent films.
Drama 1957 141 mins Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Abandoned by their mother, sisters Akiko (Ineko Arima) and Takako (Setsuko Hara) live with their father Shukichi (Chishu Ryu). When Akiko falls into desperate trouble, she turns away from her family.
BFI London Film Festival
Documentary 2011 91 mins Director: Carol Morley
The power of kinship is explored in Carol Morley’s drama-documentary, drawn from real life and resonant with the way we live now.
Drama 2018 90 mins Director: Andrew Bujalski
Andrew Bujalski serves up a big-hearted comedy with his day-in-the-life look at Double Whammies – a Hooters-style bar and its tight-knit, all-female staff.
Drama 2020 90 mins Director: Aleem Khan
In this knockout feature debut from BAFTA-nominated short filmmaker Aleem Khan, Joanna Scanlan is superb as a woman left reeling upon discovering her late husband’s secrets.
Documentary 2020 72 mins Director: Elizabeth Lo
A soulful new voice emerges in Elizabeth Lo’s evocative award-winning debut documentary, which details life on the streets of Istanbul from the perspective of the city’s stray dogs.
Drama 2020 91 mins Director: Abel Ferrara
Abel Ferrara returns with an extraordinarily vivid, visually dazzling and characteristically strange rumination on sex, dreams and death.
Action and Adventure 2018 93 mins Director: Jimmy Henderson
An innocent man sentenced to rot in a Cambodian jail is released for the sadistic pleasure of twisted trophy hunters and forced to fight – or die.
Drama 1970 106 mins Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Toshio Matsumoto's kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most intoxicating films of the 60s.
Drama 2017 102 mins Director: Naomi Kawase
A passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired meets an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight, in this luminous love story from Naomi Kawase (Sweet Bean).
Period drama 1967 159 mins Director: Frantisek Vlácil
Voted the best Czech film ever made, František Vláčil’s groundbreaking 13th-century epic is a story of a fierce inter-clan rivalry and doomed love.
Comedy 1968 115 mins Director: Vojtech Jasny
Vojtěch Jasný’s enduring masterpiece chronicles the saga of Czech villagers forced into collective farms by their new Communist rulers.
Drama 1980 98 mins Director: Jirí Menzel
Warmly nostalgic look at small-town life from Oscar®-winning director Jiří Menzel (Closely Observed Trains).
Comedy 2017 95 mins Director: Toby MacDonald
Charmingly idiosyncratic comedy reworking of Cyrano de Bergerac, with Alex Lawther as a boarder who helps the school hero woo a French teacher's daughter despite being besotted with her himself.