FILMS TO THRILL, TIT­IL­LATE & TICKLE

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - AGENDA -

JERSEY BOYS One of the most suc­cess­ful stage mu­si­cals of re­cent times has made the the tran­si­tion to the big screen. Us­ing the orig­i­nal (US) stage cast was a smart move by direc­tor Clint East­wood, who re­tains the show’s vi­brant en­ergy and a rock­ing line-up of great songs. Made fa­mous by Frankie Valli and the Four Sea­sons, you’ll recog­nise so many, from ‘De­cem­ber 1963 (Oh What a Night)’ to ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’. Pure fun. BE­TWEEN FRIENDS Zuko No­dada’s di­rec­tion earned this lo­cal com­edy-drama a Pan African Film Fes­ti­val nom­i­na­tion this year. Five friends de­cide to re­unite in the iso­lated set­ting of a game lodge, seven years af­ter leav­ing col­lege. Ri­val­ries and jeal­ousies be­come rife when past se­crets, in­clud­ing an il­licit af­fair, sur­face. With Thapelo Mokoena, Amanda DuPont, Siyabonga Radebe, Lihle Dhlomo, Morne Du Toit and Man­disa Nduna. THE GIVER Based on the novel of the same name, this sci-fi drama re­flects on the bat­tle be­tween hu­man na­ture and ide­al­ism. Racism, crime, ill­ness and con­flict are not con­cerns in the ‘per­fect world’ in which Jonas lives, but when he turns 16 he learns all that has been lost for the sake of sta­ble con­form­ity. VENUS IN FUR The ever-con­tro­ver­sial Ro­man Polan­ski di­rects this comedic drama in which play­wright Thomas (Mathieu Amal­ric) meets ac­tress Vanda (Em­manuele Seigner) when she au­di­tions for his next pro­duc­tion. His feel­ing to­wards her shifts from vague an­noy­ance to a pal­pa­ble, con­sum­ing ob­ses­sion.

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