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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY - -Don­ald Clarke

CATCH ME DADDY As­ton­ish­ingly un­set­tling thriller set among the Pak­istani com­mu­nity in York­shire. A sort of rainy western, Daniel Wolfe’ s pic­ture is dis­tin­guished by stir­ring cul­tural bra very and by de­li­cious spooky cin­e­matog­ra­phy from our own Rob­bie Ryan.

MOMMY The de­press­ingly young Xavier Dolan– French-Cana­dian con­juror– has been threat­en­ing to push above ground for a few years. His sin­gu­lar tale of a war ring mother and son, shot ina rare nar­row as­pect ra­tio, de­liv­ered in mov­ing style.

THE TRIBE The con­cept alone would set it apart. My ro slav Sla­bosh­pyt­skiy’s film, set in a Hun­gar­ian school for the deaf, is played put in sign lan­guage with no sub­ti­tles. Grat­i­fy­ingly, the fin­ished prod­uct was as grip­ping as any main­stream thriller.

IN­SID­EOUT Can we avoid the phrase “re­turn to form”? It seems not. Pixar moved on from dis­ap­point­ing se­quels to an orig­i­nal( in sev­eral senses) com­edy set within the head of a dis­placed young girl. It will be with us for­ever. A PI­GEON SAT ON A BRANCH CON­TEM­PLAT­ING EX­IS­TENCE We’ve used up half our word count just typ­ing the ti­tle. Roy An­ders son, Swedish ab­sur­dist of note, re­turns with a char­ac­ter­is­tic ally bar my satire that gen­er­ates laugh sand out­rage. A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT More weird­ness. Ana Lily Am ir po ur’ s un­clas­si­fi­able odd­ity con­cerns a fe­male vam­pire set a drift in a city that is not quite in Iran and not quite in the Amer­i­can out lands. To be puz­zled over and trea­sured.

ITFOLLOWS David Robert Mitchell’ s hor­ror film carves out an orig­i­nal class of macabre: a curse is passed on through sex­ual in­ter­course. But, se tina present coloured by the Car­pen­ter ian 1970s, the pic­ture is also alive with in­flu­ence.

THE DUKE OF BUR­GUNDY Peter Strick­land, di­rec­to­rof

Ber ber ian Sound Stu­dio, con­firms his po­si­tion as the wiz­ard of retro-bizarre. His lat­est fol­lows a sado-masochis­tic les­bian ro­mance in Ru­ri­ta­nia.

45YEARS Char­lotte Ram­pling and Tom Courte­nay re­turn in tri­umph for a tense, some­times bit­ter drama con­cern­ing the un­veil­ing of se­crets dur­ing a couple’ s wed­ding an­niver­sary.

Clock­wise from top left: John C Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Colin Far­rell in The Lob­ster; Anne Dor­val in Mommy; Sidse Ba­bett Knud­sen in

The Duke of Bur­gundy; Char­lotte Ram­pling and Tom Courte­nay in 45 Years, Sheila Vand in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Anna

Odell in The Re­union

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