Category Archives: JDIFF 2012

JDIFF 2012 REVIEW – Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) works as a butler in a Dublin hotel at the turn of the last century. His life is quiet and his ability to blend in to the background makes him exceedingly good at his job. The arrival of Hubert (Janet McTeer) into the hotel shatters Albert’s carefully ordered world and brings deep secrets to light. Continue reading

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JDIFF 2012 REVIEW – Surprise Film 1: Casa De Mi Padre

When his brother Raul (Diego Luna) returns home to his father’s ranch in Mexico, Armando (Will Ferrell) learns that he is involved with Mexico’s most feared drug lord. This leads to a turf war that has devastating consequences. Continue reading

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JDIFF 2012 REVIEW – Death of a Superhero

Donald Clarke (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) is 14 years old. He is dying of cancer and expresses himself through drawing a comic book of a superhero and his arch nemesis. Donald’s parent cannot understand his seemingly destructive behaviour and grieve for him before he is gone. Donald is lost and lonely, and desperate to be treated like a normal kid. Continue reading

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JDIFF 2012 REVIEW – Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters

Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is Norway’s most successful head hunter, but his paycheque does not cover the extravagant lifestyle that his wife expects, so to make ends meet, Brown steals paintings to sell on the black market. Brown has set up a careful network that allows him to do this, but when his wife introduces him to Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) – a man who owns a very valuable painting – Brown sees a once in a lifetime opportunity to make some serious money. What could go wrong? Continue reading

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JDIFF 2012 REVIEW – Dollhouse

A group of teenagers break in to a mansion in the suburbs of Dublin, with the intention of wreaking havoc. When resident of the house, Jeannie (Seána Kerslake) appears, it seems as though the night is going to change from mischief to mayhem, but she is unperturbed by the appearance of these people, and happily joins them. When the mysterious ‘boy next door’ arrives, it is revealed that Jeannie is keeping a secret from her newfound friends, but what? Continue reading

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JDIFF 2012 REVIEW – Blackthorn

What would have happened if Butch Cassidy had faked his death in Bolivia? That is what Blackthorn sets out to explore. The famed outlaw is living a quiet life in Bolivia, under the assumed named James Blackthorn (Sam Shepard). Blackthorn decides to head back to America to catch up with Ryan, the person that he calls his nephew and along the way, crosses paths with Eduardo (Eduardo Noriega) a man on the run. Continue reading

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JDIFF 2012 Review – Into The Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life


Filmmaker and shoe eater Werner Herzog often makes strange and uncomfortable cinema, and Into The Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life is no exception. The film examines the concepts of life and death through the lens of a death row inmate, the victims’ families and people of Conroe, Texas where a vicious triple murder took place in 2001. Continue reading

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JDIFF 2012 REVIEW – Hunky Dory

In the summer of 1976, drama teacher Viv (Minnie Driver) struggles against the odds to stage a rock and roll version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest as the end of year production. Continue reading

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JDIFF 2012 REVIEW – Khordorkovsky

Mikhail Khordorkovsky was once the richest man in the world under the age of 40. Since 2003, he has languished in a Siberian prison and appealed against the charges brought against him; embezzlement and tax evasion. German filmmaker Cyril Tuschi examines how Khordorkovsky suddenly fell from grace after siding with opposition parties against Vladimir Putin. Continue reading

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JDIFF 2012 REVIEW – The Raid

A special police task force go into an apartment building to bring down a crime lord. A chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and the team find themselves stranded on the sixth floor of the building with only one way out. Continue reading

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