Emilia has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★½

    The film concentrates on a very specific time point in the WW2, Churchill's ascension to power and decision not to parlé with the Nazis.

    The film has beautiful cinematography and some very clever visuals. Kristin Scott Thomas is wonderful. Gary Oldman was good too, but I wouldn't have given him an Oscar. In the back of my head I have John Lithgow's Churchill from The Crown and in my opinion it was a better version.

    The story isn't very interesting…

  • Heartbreaker

    Heartbreaker

    ★★½

    A light french romcom starring Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis.

    Romain Duris plays Alex, a heartthrob, who gets hired to break couples up. He's in business with his quirky sister and brother-in-law and they have an understanding that they only break up unhappy couples. Yet, when debts pile up, concessions have to be made.

    The film is what it promises; light and fluffy. I will mostly remember Vanessa Paradis (how is it possible that she always looks so amazing?) and…

  • The Cat Returns

    The Cat Returns

    ★★½

    The Cat Returns is a Studio Ghibli original from 2002.

    I'm more of a dog person but I would watch anything with a Ghibli stamp on it.

    The protagonist is a young girl who saves a cat prince, and the cats want to thank her by taking her to their cat kingdom. So more on the whimsical spectrum of Ghibli films.

    I don't think the director Hiroyuki Morita is that know for anything else than this one. That makes me…

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★½

    Terrence Malick's Song to Song tells a modern love story entangling at least five people. These five spots are occupied by an incredible cast: Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Cate Blanchett. On top of that, there's a myriad of musicians appearing in the film. There's love and deception, and then love and regret.

    The storytelling is very fragmented, and you sort of drift from one emotion and scene to another. More than a coherent story, there's…

  • Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    ★★½

    Bathsheba Everdene, an orphaned heiress, gets courted by 3 very different suitors.

    A very acceptable romantic drama. Carey Mulligan does a fine job as the lead but it's Juno Temple's delicate portrayal of a side character called Fanny that melted my heart.

    I have a soft spot for period piece movies. Pet peeve. ("Kiss her already!" "Oh god I would love to wear dresses like that!" "Why aren't there 3 cute men following ME around?") They are way better than soap operas or reality shows. But in all honesty, I'll forget about them as soon as the credits roll.

  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    A Bonnie & Clyde type of story set in Texas.

    At a first look this films has everything going for it. A cooler that cool lead couple (Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara) and maybe one of the most poetic and beautiful names that there ever was.

    Rooney Mara is as great as she ever is. I normally also like Casey Affleck's work but this one left me a little cold.

    This is again one of those films that half-way through I understand that damn, I have already seen it before. The ending scene is really powerful, but nothing before that really leaves an impression.

  • Polisse

    Polisse

    ★★½

    This film is a film critics' favourite and Cannes jury prize winner from 2011. It shows glimpses of the personal lives and work situations that police officers of the Child Protection Unit in Paris face.

    I wanted to like the movie more than I did. It showed in a nearly documentary-fashion how the atrocities done to children become mundane work but still never stop chocking on so many levels. And how the work inevitably follows you back home. The dialogue…