Sex please - ★★

Men take note – you are all sexist pigs addicted to pornography simply seeing women as whores. Or at least that’s according to Malgorzata Szumowska’s new film Elles.

Juliette Binoche is Anne, a journalist who is writing a piece about student prostitutes for the French magazine “Elle”. The film takes place over one day as Binoche puts together the article, with her interviews with the two students Charlotte (Anais Demoustier) and Alicja (Joanna Kulig) recounted by a series of flashbacks. Charlotte comes from a working class background and is striving to cast off the stench of her humble beginnings. Alicja is a Polish student studying in France and has turned to prostitution as a result of not being able to find anywhere to live.

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In Darkness (W ciemności) // JDIFF 2012

Dark night of the soul - ★★★★

In Darkness is the Polish entry for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars on Sunday and those lucky enough to get a ticket to JDIFF’s sold out screening were certainly not disappointed.

The film is set in the Nazi occupied Polish city of Lviv. It follows Poldek who works maintaining the sewers of the city and is also a part time burglar. When he comes across some Jews who have tunneled into the sewers as a means of escape from the Germans he sees an opportunity to make money.

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