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the chiefs brought the muscle, and racing brought the flare. back—to—back tries bringing the french side right back into the match, but often the biggest of finals are decided by the smallest of margins. an interception thrown by scotland's finn russell opened the doorfor the chiefs. the fine line between brilliance and foolishness. a pass he'll be desperate to have back, and it was a gap that racing just couldn't close as exeter captainjoe simmonds sealed the win. from english minnows to european giants, it's a transformation the sport has rarely seen before. but for exeter, there's not long to celebrate — the premiership final‘sjust a week away. austin halewood, bbc news. well, there was another big final today. it was incredibly close, but leeds rhinos won rugby league's challenge cup, beating salford red devils 17—16. this try from ash handley, his second of the game, pulled the rhinos level. before a late drop goal
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from luke gale won it for them. they were heading for their 14th challenge cup. guest of honour was rob burrow, the leeds legend who's living with motor neurone disease. and although he was watching the match from home, his presence was certainly felt at wembley. rob's with us in spirit, that's for sure, at the moment. we've carried him all the way through, and he's been very much, you know, an inspiration for us on this run. and ijust think it's really fitting that, you know, we've done it this year for rob, and it's gale with the number seven on his back that's come up with the big play. don't forget there's much more on the bbc sport website, but that's all for now. hello, and welcome to the film review with me, mark kermode, rounding up the best movies available for viewing
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in cinemas and in the home. there are several high—profile documentaries released this week, including two very different portraits of two very different swedish figures. we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, deforestation of our great forests, toxic air pollution, loss of insects and wildlife, the acidification of our oceans. these are all disastrous trends. in i am greta, nathan grossman profiles teenage climate activist greta thunberg. from the lonely anonymity of her first school strike outside the swedish parliament in stockholm to her speech to the un in new york
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where she upbraided the leaders of the world for failing to address a crisis that's destroying the planet. this is all wrong. away from the spotlight, we get glimpses of her more private life, of the personal toll these public appearances have taken upon her, her homesickness and longing to get back with her beloved dogs, and, perhaps most importantly, her experience of asperger‘s which taught her to deal with being unpopular when young and then helped her to focus on a problem that few others seemed keen to face head—on. time is running out. of course, as greta herself says, our own focus should not be on her, but on climate change — an issue that perhaps sits uneasily with a documentary which, by its very nature, is about her. but causes need figureheads, and there's no doubting that's what thunberg's become, albeit at the cost of a normal childhood. you can find i am greta in cinemas now.
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from a swedish activist to a swedish film—maker, roy andersson, the subject of fred scott's strange and rather wonderful documentary being a human person. having scored a hit with his first feature a swedish love story in 1970, andersson, who reacted badly to success, took five years to make his second film, the poorly—received giliap, after which he concentrated instead on commercials and shorts. setting up his own studio in an empty building in stockholm, he created a world in which he had total control and from which he produced his living trilogy. songs from the second floor, you, the living, and the venice golden lion winner, a pigeon sat on a branch reflecting on existence. working this way is messy because it's about roy's feelings.
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scott's documentary takes us inside that studio as andersson and his team toil away at his typically painstaking latest film about endlessness, which opens here in november. as always, every detail of the film is constructed within the studio, conjuring scenes in which nothing is left to chance, but andersson, who thinks this film will be his last, is also confronting his own demons in the form of alcoholism with which his colleagues and family are losing patience. i'm not very surprised, but disappointed. negotiating a very thin line between celebration and investigation, scott's melancholy doc watches andersson at work, observing both the perfectionism that he demands and the frustration of those who have to deal with his increasing unpredictability. inevitably, there's a sense of an ending at play, with andersson clearly struggling to finish what's being called his final film and thereby confronting his own mortality. but scott does a terrificjob of highlighting the humanism at the heart of andersson‘s absurdist work, exhibiting
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the same sympathy that runs throughout his subject's surreal tragicomic movies. you can find being a human person on curzon home cinema and in theatres, along with a touring retrospective of three of andersson‘s features. imagine if you could bottle a memory like scent... ..and whenever you wanted, you could open it. be like living the moment all over again. daphne du maurier‘s novel rebecca was first filmed by alfred hitchcock in 1940, withjoan fontaine as the young woman swept off her feet by laurence olivier's wealthy widower maxim and installed in his palatial home manderley as the second mrs de winter. now, ben wheatley, director of sightseers and high—rise, has revisited du maurier‘s novel via a screenplay co—written byjane goldman, whose impressive
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credits include kick—ass and the woman in black. may i present mrs danvers. welcome to manderley. in this new version, in cinemas now and on netflix from the 21st, lilyjames is the heroine haunted by the ghosts of armie hammer‘s past, while kristin scott thomas steps into the iconic role of housekeeper mrs da nvers, previously and memorably filled byjudith anderson. she could wear anything with a figure like hers. you've been tossing and turning all night. bad dream? it's the differences between this and the hitchcock that are the new film's strongest suit. unlike her predecessor, james‘ nameless central character seems to have a little more agency in her story, less of a helpless victim of fate. there's also more passion and less of an age difference between maxim and his bride, with early scenes of their blossoming romance containing a spark absent from previous screen incarnations. never forget it.
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but perhaps the most striking detail of wheatley‘s rebecca is in the character of danvers, for whom the director exhibits much sympathy despite her sinister reputation, a sympathy with which scott thomas plays deliciously. she was the love of his life. the result may not be a classic, but it does at least stand in its own light, earning its place as a worthy adaptation of an enduring literary source rather than a pale imitation of somebody else‘s movie. just as du maurier‘s rebecca has inspired a range of films, tv shows and even stage adaptations, so sheridan le fanu's 19th century novella carmilla has spawned numerous screen spin—offs, from danish director carl dreyer‘s vampyr to hammer‘s the vampire lovers to the spanish schlocker the blood—spattered bride. is she all right? careful with her. is she breathing? is she all right?
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take her up these stairs. whispers: back to your room immediately! in the new british movie carmilla, from writer—director emily harris, german—turkish actress devrim lingnau is the mysterious stranger whose unexpected arrival at an english country estate in the late 18th century stirs rebellious passions in lara, played by hannah rae. dress...doesn‘t look like that on me. handsomely lensed by michael wood in dreamy hues that, to my eye anyway, recall jose larraz‘s ‘70s oddity symptoms, this take on carmilla invokes and then pointedly sidesteps the vampiric lore embedded in sheridan le fanu's source. don't be afraid. instead it conjures a world in which our heroine‘s dawning sexuality is perceived as the real threat to be driven out by any means necessary. while this new carmilla may lack bite and will probably prove too restrained for genre audiences, i rather like the fact that it wasn't afraid to indulge in some
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over—egged images of writhing bugs and decaying nature while steering clear of the more sensationalist tropes that have characterised so many of its predecessors. it's in cinemas now and on vod from monday. sounds of eating and cutlery clinking. someone keeps stealing my knife. clapping. silence. wives, daughters. . .thank you. rather more adventurous is the other lamb, an international co—production from polish director malgorzata szumowska about a religious cult in which a group of cloistered women follow a manson—like controlling shepherd, creepily played by dutch actor michiel huisman. raffey cassidy is selah, the teenager whose coming of age coincides with a questioning of the clearly abusive regime in which she's being raised.
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it's the most natural thing in the world, selah, and the most sacred duty. written by award—winning australian screenwriter catherine s mcmullen and eye—catchingly shot in county wicklow, the other lamb follows films like the wicker man, martha marcy may marlene and, more recently, midsommar in its convincing evocation of the everyday madness of cult life, cut off from the mainstream society which shepherd describes as broken. do you remember when he used to look at us like that? but like the handmaid's tale, to which this also owes a debt, there are echoes, too, of the more familiar world in its depiction of a charismatic male charlatan leader proclaiming his own divinity while lauding it up over his followers, inflicting his clearly self—serving beliefs upon women he claims to revere but actually enslaves, exploits and abuses. sound familiar? you can decide for yourself by watching the other lamb in cinemas or on mubi. my twins will be 18 next month.
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they have absolutely no idea what it means to have a father in the house. what fathers even do. i'll leave you with news of another documentary, this one available in select cinemas and on amazon prime video. focusing on an african—american family torn apart by imprisonment, time offers a very personal and intimate account of one woman's struggle to raise her children while her husband is serving a 60—year sentence for a robbery they both committed back in the ‘90s. on other end of phone: we don't have anything. alrighty, thank you so much. drawing on a wealth of home video footage shot by sibil fox richardson, aka fox rich, to document the life robert was missing while behind bars, sundance prize—winner garrett bradley's profoundly affecting film investigates the toll that imprisonment has taken upon a mother and her children outside of those prison walls. there's a real poetry to the monochrome film—making, with superbly edited archive
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intercut with contemporary footage, creating a time—shifting montage that ebbs and flows in lyrical, musicalfashion. the subject matter may be tough, but this superb documentary is as uplifting as it is eye—opening. when you get him home, they're going pay, they're going pay, they're going pay! that's it for this week. thanks for watching the film review. stay safe, and i'll see you next week. i'm what's called a lady's companion. if a lady has to pay for company, that says something about the lady, doesn't it? hello. mostly cloudy skies again during sunday. the chance of seeing a little bit of rain but most places will actually stay dry but we will be getting off to a damp start across much of scotland, northern ireland, northern and eastern england. this area with thick cloud and patchy rain will spread north again during the day, so scotland remains very much in the zone for seeing some occasional light rain, but northern ireland will brighten up for a time.
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part of wales, the midlands and southern england, a greater chance of seeing a few sunny spells coming through the cloud compared to saturday. but what is still a rather cool day with just light winds. the winds are starting to pick up overnight and into monday, as we see rain heading across northern ireland and into parts of northern england and scotland. for the rest of england and wales, monday is starting with a few sunny spells around, but clearly, our weather is changing and there will be more heavy rain around in parts of northern ireland and scotland on monday. affecting some of us in western areas of wales and the far west of england, elsewhere in england though, increasing cloud and breeze but from a milder direction. temperatures edging upwards.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm reged ahmad. tributes are paid to samuel paty, the teacher beheaded in paris on friday, in what the french president has called a cowardly attack. a new humanitarian ceasefire comes into effect between armenia and azerbaijan over the disputed region of nagorno—karabakh. countries across europe see record highs in confirmed covid—i9 cases, as the continent becomes the new epicentre of the pandemic. and thousands of lebanese mark the anniversary of a mass protest movement against a political elite, now blamed for august's deadly blast in beirut. people have no means to survive or continue and the ones who came here today are sending one message —


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