Movies of a more arthouse/Black skivvy wanker type of genre


If I remember correctly this is not the only reason to see that particular film with Eva Green


Don’t remember anything of that kind.

PS Of course I do.


Akira is boring…story about half an hour too long.


Wash your mouth out…it is too long though.


The opposite of long is La rivière du hibou, which is a short film based on a short story by Ambrose Bierce called An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. I saw it as a short supporting some other film about 40 years ago, and it knocked me out at the time and I’ve thought of it often ever since, although I couldn’t even remember the name until I tracked it down this morning. It’s in black and white and there’s virtually no dialogue; I won’t recount the story because it would have to contain a huge spoiler, but if anyone’s read the story they won’t have forgotten it. It’s on IMDB with a user rating of 8.2; I don’t think it’s on Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic but there’s a little article in Wikipedia. The actual story is compelling, but what has really stuck in my mind is a sequence in which a young man is advancing towards a farmhouse, while the front door of the farmhouse is opening and a young woman is coming through the door to meet him. It’s short; the young man never gets any closer to the farmhouse and the young woman never comes through the door; and the sequence is repeated several times at intervals throughout the film. I think it’s the closest reflection of what a dream is actually like that I’ve ever seen on film. The film is unbearably sad; there’s an immensely powerful message about the tragedy of war.

According to Wikipedia it was shown as an episode of the Twilight Zone in 1964, but I saw it in the cinema. I saw it with my wife (who may not have been my wife at that stage) and she remembers it as vividly as I do. I don’t know if it’s available anywhere, but if it is it would be well worth getting hold of it.


You’re welcome :slight_smile:


Interesting experience watching the movie so kindly found by Deckham. It wasn’t at all as I remembered it and the repeated sequence of the woman not quite coming through the door was not part of it. And yet I’m pretty sure it is the same film: there are enough similarities and enough parts that my memory could have twisted over the years to convince me of that. And yet my memory was so clear.

As I said above, the movie was shown on the Twilight Zone, and that version, complete with Rod Serling’s Introduction, is on YouTube. There is absolutely no way that it would be shown today on free-to-air TV.


I see it’s up for Best Movie at some European festivals, and Best Foreign Films at the Golden Globes tomorrow.

I’ll just look at the GG to see Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub and The Marvelous Mrs M dominate the TV comedy awards.


Alfonso Cuarón got Best Director (domestic and imported), and the film got Best Foreign Film.