Clas­si­cal

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei DS

(M) The In­no­cents is a con­fronting French drama based on real events in 1945 Poland. The scream­ing wo­man in the open­ing scene in the con­vent is a nun who was raped by Rus­sian sol­diers. She’s about to have her baby. And she’s not the only one. Young doc­tor Mathilde Beaulieu knows she must help. This sets up an ab­sorb­ing, some­times har­row­ing ex­plo­ration of ques­tions of faith and non­faith, of still raw wounds be­tween peo­ple from dif­fer­ent parts of Europe and, most of all, the trauma and shame of rape.

Rules Don’t Ap­ply (M) War­ren Beatty di­rects and acts in Rules Don’t Ap­ply, about leg­endary in­ven­tor and film­maker Howard Hughes. Beatty, who plays Hughes, is al­most a mar­ginal char­ac­ter, of­ten re­main­ing point­edly in the shad­ows when he ap­pears. The fo­cus is on Marla Mabrey, a pretty young star­let from the sticks, re­li­gious and vir­ginal, who has ar­rived in Hol­ly­wood be­cause she has been given an act­ing con­tract by Hughes. Hughes shows no sign of want­ing to meet his new pro­tege. There are so many de­tails to savour in this beau­ti­fully pro­duced film that it’s re­gret­table that it doesn’t quite co­a­lesce into a whole.

Bad Girl Tchaikovsky’s Pa­the­tique Baiba Skride, the Lat­vian vi­o­lin­ist who daz­zled au­di­ences with her de­but guest ap­pear­ance in the Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra in 2010, is back to play Prokofiev’s First Vi­o­lin Con­certo and Tchaikovsky’s pas­sion­ate Pa­the­tique Sym­phony. The pains of life, with fleet­ing joys and del­i­cate tri­umphs, are beau­ti­fully ex­plored with in­tense and thrilling emo­tion.

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