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Issue No. 1994

Saraband
Directed by Ingmar Bergman

The last film that Ingmar Bergman directed before he retired, Saraband is quite a film to end on.

Revisiting characters from 1974’s Scenes From A Marriage, this film explores the wreckage of a marriage long since dissolved but which, after 30-odd years, refuses to vanish completely.

Told in a series of two people scenes, the story unfolds in clearly defined chapters, in which Bergman slowly reveals the loneliness and alienation inside each of the characters.


The Beat That My Heart Skipped
Directed by Jacques Audiard

Romain Duris is Tom, a loner who looks up to and often after his violent father. Then a figure from his past, the former manager of his concert pianist mother, offers Tom the chance to audition.

A remake of James Toback’s 1978 film Fingers, this is a beautifully shot, simple story of a man caught between two choices.


The Road to Guantanamo
Directed by Michael Winterbottom

If you missed The Road to Guantanamo when it was shown on Channel 4 last month then you should definitely pick up a copy now.

It tells the story of four friends who set off from the West Midlands in September 2001 for a wedding and holiday in Pakistan only to find themselves in the middle of the “war on terror”.

Told through a series of interviews, dramatised scenes and archive news footage, the film shows how the “Tipton Three” ended up in Afghanistan hiding with Taliban fighters under fire from US planes.

The boys are eventually rounded up by US forces, only to be kept in horrific conditions at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for over two years.


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Sat 1 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1994
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