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fan, you're in luck — we've got the unbearable weight of massive talent, in which the actor plays a comical version of himself. next up, playground, which is a rather more serious belgian drama about bullied children that takes place within a school. and finally, happening — an award—winning french drama set in the 1960s. and the title alone of your first choice isjust so brilliant. tell us more. well, i loved the idea of this as soon as i heard about it. so two guys write a screenplay about nicolas cage, or a crazy version of him, and persuade him to star in it. the idea is that nicolas cage is down on his luck — or this version of him, anyway. and he's ailing in his career, things aren't going well with his family. he decides to take an offer from an eccentric billionaire, played by pedro pascal, to appear at his birthday party. so he gets paid $1 million to appear at this guy's birthday party in majorca — what could go wrong? turns out the guy is suspected of kidnapping by the cia, and nic cage must go undercover and help the cia.
problem is, he's getting on really well with his host, and they have a great bond. and they have a bit of a party together, ingesting some substances. let's have a look at a clip. grab it! then we will both die, and i could never livei with myself after that. so you let go! you let go! goodbye, nicolas cage. i'll never forget you, man! i'll never forget you. now you get the hell out of here. you go home! mrcage?
javi, buddy. hey. where'd you come from? oh, yeah... ..turns out we could've just walked around. - yeah, i guess so. what is going on? it's very funny, i have to say — that is one of the funniest things, but there are many. this is a movie in which i was consistently laughing. and it's either doing crazy comedy like that, or very often, it's riffing on movie cliches — and more importantly, nicolas cage movies. so if you are a fan of things like face off, con air, moonstruck, even, there are lots of references, some explicit, some not explicit. even if you're not a fan, i have to say, this is just a funny movie about a hollywood star having a bit of a bromance. it's actually quite a sweet buddy comedy in the end. ok, i mean, iwas wondering, do you have to have encyclopaedic knowledge of his back catalogue to get all the jokes? i think it helps that he is a cult
hero for a lot of film fans, and those are the people that are going to get the absolute most out of this. but still, i would say it's just a great comedy to watch in a cinema, laughing along with a lot of people. it's not maybe as clever as something like adaptation, which nicolas cage starred in, or even being john malkovich from the same director. it's not that kind of intellectual kind of comedy, but it is very funny, meta, self—referential hollywood comedy. and he is terrific at sending himself up in this. oh, well, that's good, he would need to be. interesting, thanks, anna. well, goodness, in the current climate, we all need something to laugh about, don't we? the second choice, my goodness, a very, very serious, very different... this is a very impressive, i think, debut from a belgian film maker, laura wandel. it's set in a school. it's about a young girl who starts going to her own brother's school, and they have a very sweet relationship at home. that's the impression we get. but at school, her brother won't speak to her. it turns out he ends up being bullied, and she is trying to protect him very sweetly
from the bullies. she, being an innocent 7—year—old, thinks, "i'll go to the teachers, i'll tell my parents." unfortunately, this only makes things worse for her brother, and a very complicated and difficult dynamic ensues in the school — especially when she gets friends who don't want to speak to her brother. and it's one of those films that really takes you back to those school days, and that feeling in the pit of your stomach, you know? and it's all shot from the viewpoint of the young girl, and you hardly ever see the adults, apart from when they crouch down to her height. yes, and that's really interesting. and in terms of how it's made, it is really clever, as you say. and again, remarkable child performances. i mean, extraordinary — but oh, god, i mean, ijust had a knot in my stomach for the entire film. and i got to the end and i thought, "this is really clever, but i never, ever want to see this film ever again." well, i've seen it twice, and i do think it was worth it — for myjob! it is traumatic, and it is one of those films that, as an audience member, i probably would have hesitate to go, but i'm
really glad that i saw it. and i think if it's a subject that resonates with you, you'll be interested in the way it's treated. and also, there's some real—life applications here — i mean, the way that adults can bully each other, or nations can bully each other — i think there's possibly political allegory in there, as well. so it's a very intelligent film. yes, it is, it's...a hard watch. i can't lie about that. it's upsetting. no one wants to see children struggling, and especially in a school environment. and that's. .. anyway, clever. very, very cleverly made, but tough. film number three this week, happening. happening — so audrey diwan, the director, she's a french director, she was actually nominated for the best director bafta for this film. it's based on an autobiographical novel by annie ernaux, set in the 19605 about a young girl who is a very bright student — she wants to become a writer, she's got lots of promise, she's having a good time. she goes to the doctor and gets the news that she's fearing. let's have a look at the clip.
oh, my goodness. and that scene is so pivotal, isn't it? because this is the early �*60s, and watching it here in 2022, and... the claustrophobia, again, this woman has no way out because of the law. yeah, i think the writing is so brilliant in this, actually, there's a line where she says she's got "an illness that strikes only women and turns
them into housewives". and the predicament that she's in here is that nobody will help her — as he says, they could end up in prison. and i think that puts a real ticking clock in this film. i mean, it is almost a thriller because you're with her every step of the way, trying to see this rather desperate journey that she's on, which, as you say, does have some modern—day relevance, i think. and it's a beautiful performances — again, not an easy subject to deal with, but i found it very compelling to watch, especially knowing that it's inspired by a true story. yes, it's a hard watch as a woman, and she's at university and, you know, some of those women that she's in her literature lectures with are among those who are the least helpful to her. you think, "where's the female solidarity here?" this is the heartbreaking aspect of this film. like, it sets up herfriends — they're having a great time together, they have a lovely camaraderie, a lovely bond. and i felt that what this film is saying is that the law was turning these women against each other and making making it so that they couldn't even help each other.
and it ends up being a film about loneliness. i think a very social young woman is ending up with nobody to turn to. it's very powerful. yes, "powerful" is the word, isn't it? very, very powerfulfilm, and of its time — you know, this is in the early �*60s, isn't it? so, yeah, really, really, really interesting film, teah. two quite claustrophobic films actually in a row there, but very, very striking. so, best out? i've gone for something a bit lighter now. the lost city — this is sandra bullock and channing tatum in a kind of jungle cruise—style adventure. she's a romance novelist who's kidnapped, and he goes off to save her. he's actually her cover model who's a lot less intelligent than she is, and kind of ambles after her in a bumbling style. a lot of comedy ensues, various bits of action — and brad pitt makes a very funny appearance. 0h, does he? he does. i haven't had a chance to see this yet, but from what i see, i've seen a few clips that i just left me bemused, teally. i thought, "ooh, i quite like sandra bullock," but i thought,
"i have no idea what this is really about, or what's going on." the plot isn't the main thing, it's more about the comedy, let's face it. but if you enjoyed films like romancing the stone back in the �*80s, that kind of smart repartee between the warring couple, that works. and also, it sort of gender—flips some of the cliches in that. so, you know, she's the smart one in this one. and sandra bullock being sandra bullock wearing an incredible catsuit, you know, what's wrong with that? she's very funny and yeah, very enjoyable. it's a light watch, but again, if you want something that is a bit of escapism in a glamourous location with a steady stream of laughs, i think the lost city's got it. yes, well, it takes us back to where we started — we all need something to make a smile at the moment. and dvds and streaming, there's a really interesting choice this week? yes, now on mubi is drive my car — which was a tremendous film, i think one of the films of last year, the japanese film that won the oscar and the bafta for best international feature. an extraordinary story, really. to cut it short, it's about a female chauffeur driving around an actor and director.
but there's a lot more to this film than that — as you know, it's about grief, it's about family, it's about loss, it's about coming to terms with communication, or the lack of communication that we have with the people close to us. fascinating film. i thought it was a really clever, striking film. i love the way it was filmed — and i'm not going to help now because i don't even almost know how to describe it, but there's something very calming about watching it, even though there's a lot of — visually calming — even though there's a lot of turmoil in his head. and, as you say, he's dealing with grief. and i went into it as people might because it's very, very, very long, thinking, "oh, gosh, this is long." but, goodness, it doesn't feel it! and that's that's a testament to it, as well, i think. definitely, three hours — this is one of the few three hour films i've said, "i'm glad that i watched it." and it earned every minute of those three hours. and i think it allows it that leisurely pace that you're talking about, you know, that means that you're drinking it, and you feel very comforted by it, and you're just totally invested in it. yes, really, and great performances. really, really beautifully made, isn't it? it's a really curious
film, but really, really interesting, i think. good to see you, anna, thank you very much indeed. a real mixed bag today — and that's always a good thing. thanks very much for being with us, and enjoy your cinema—going, whatever you choose to go and see this week. see you next time, bye—bye. hello there. there are some changes on the way for next week, and i'll show you those a little later on. saturday, though, was dry with some spells of sunshine for much of the country. and warm, as well — in dorset, temperatures reached 20 celsius. different story in the far north of scotland, where we've still got a lot of this cloudy weather. temperatures were nearer 8—9 degrees in the afternoon. it was also cooler around those north sea coasts. the wind continues to come in off the north sea, where sea surface temperatures are only around nine degrees. we've still got those east—to—northeasterly winds on sunday, not as strong as on saturday. many places will be dry with some warm sunshine coming through, as well. now, close to this area of low pressure, there could still be a bit
of rain threatening the far south of england. still got high pressure to the north of the uk, keeping the run of east—to—northeasterly winds going. and these are the temperatures we start with on sunday morning. still a bit of rain there potentially in the far south west of england to move away. elsewhere, though, a generally dry and sunny start. we'll see some cloud building up, particularly in england and wales, and there could be one or two isolated showers popping off, but generally it's dry. similar story for northern ireland — more sunshine in the south west of scotland, where it's a bit warmer, north—eastern parts of scotland cooler still with some of that low cloud. highest temperatures, southern england, south wales, 18—19 degrees. most of the wet weather on these weather system is getting steered to the south of the uk. high pressure is dominating, and it's centred all the way up there into greenland. now, we'll have lighter winds on monday. they're coming more from the north, so it'll be a bit cooler. and we'll find more clouds spreading out and increasing through the day. and the greater chance of catching one or two showers in england and wales.
should be dry in scotland and northern ireland, cloudy in northern parts of scotland, and generally it's cooler on monday, with highs around 11! degrees or so. and it could be a chilly start on tuesday, with cloudy skies across the north, and that northerly breeze will push the cloud further south, and temperatures will range from 16 in the southwest of england and south wales to only around nine celsius in northeast scotland and the northeast of england. so, these are the changes for next week — it'll be cooler, there'll be a lot more cloud around, but this generally dry theme is set to continue. goodbye.
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