are you afraid i'm about to cry again? no, i'd say you're more likely to scream? scream what? "my husband was a great man." and interesting, because people might think we know everything there is to know about that story, is there anything new in this, does it resonate? what it does is, it attempts to portray her, firstly as somebody going through an horrendous personal crisis, and we do have the assassination, and it is shocking, as it should be. but also somebody who, in the period immediately afterwards, is constructing the legacy, is basically building the camelot story, which then became the story everybody told aboutjfk. jackie is portrayed very much as first lady of the televisual age, somebody who is a master of the printed word and also the moving image. some of the things — you may have noticed from that
clip her performance is very arch, very stagey, very mannered, and when i first saw the film i actually found that alienating. it was only later on, and i have seen it twice now, i realised what it is alienated. she is alienated from her surroundings. because the film has this kaleidescopic and necessarily fragmentary structure, it is possible that it may not gel, that it may not engage you emotionally. the key to it doing the emotional engagement is mica levi's score, which is absolutely brilliant, and it's one of those films in which the music is the thing that pulls it all together. pulls all these different fragments, shards, elements together, and involves you in the story emotionally. i think natalie portman‘s performance is very peculiar, very strange, but it's because she is performing a performance. she is playing somebody on a stage, also somebody in the eye of a storm. the music for me is what made it, you know, cohere, what made it gel, what made it into something other than just a kind of arch and slightly abstract exercise in revisiting history. well, we will find out next week whether she has been nominated for an oscar, of course.
let's talk about split. james mcavoy, great british actor back on the screen. yes, so this is a new film from m night shyamalan, who i think is still best known for the sixth sense, and had a run of critically acclaimed films and then made some real stinkers, and kind of came back recently with a sort of stripped down found footage movie. this is, i think it's an interesting story. james mcavoy plays somebody who has 23 separate personalities. at the beginning of film we see him kidnapping some young women, one of them is played by anya taylor—joy, who was so brilliant in the witch, who realises pretty early on the key to her survival is going to be negotiating with different personalities that seem to be existing within this one warring character. now, mcavoy has real fun with the role. he really enjoys it. on the one hand, he is playing someone who is a fashion designer,
another is a young child with a lisp, and there's a veyr prim, proper woman called patricia, and all these controlling elements, and they keep talking about the beast, the beast, this thing called the beast, which may or may not surface. shyamalan, i think, is not quite the master of the genre that he once looked like being. sometimes the screenplay is very clunky, some of the direction is a little bit creaky and the story is preposterous, but in a way which is — but if you saw it as like an old fashioned b—movie, when you kind of think, 0k, it's one of those films, it kind of functions 0k, but it is held shoulder high by mcavoy‘s performance, and also by the fact that if you accept that the set—up is fairly preposterous, and what you're going to get shouldn't be taken too seriously, there are certain joys about it. it is much better than the films he was making a few years ago, when he really did seem to be somebody, who, having started with brilliant work like sixth sense, had then just gone completely out of control, and was making nonsensical science fiction movies. and described as a horror film when i've read about it. is that accurate? it's a psychological thriller with some horror elements, yes.
that's probably the best way... i think he would like to describe it as a mystery. i would describe it as a clunky b—movie, raised shoulder high by the central performance, which of course is several central performances in one. lion, based on a true story. an extraordinary true story. this whole thing about truth is stranger than fiction. the story of a young boy in the mid—80s, from kandahar, who got onto a train on which he was trapped, which then travelled 1600 kilometres, and by the time he got off it he was away from home, couldn't speak the language, didn't know how to describe how to get himself back home, and ended up in the hands of the authorities and ended up being adopted by a couple in tasmania. decades later, the taste of an indian sweet food suddenly sends him into a reverie, which takes him back to his childhood and he suddenly becomes obsessed with trying to find the life that he lost, and had almost forgotten about. here's a clip. saroo! you need to face reality. what do you mean, reality?
do you have any idea what it's like knowing my real brother and mother spend every day of their lives looking for me? how every day my real brother screams my name? can you imagine the pain they must be in, not knowing where i am? 25 years, luce. 25! why didn't you tell me that was happening for you? we swan about in our privileged lives. it makes me sick. i have to find home. they need to know i'm 0k. i mean, he's a hugely likeable actor, dev patel. he is absolutely brilliant in this, and also the film itself does a very good job of not becoming what you think it might be, which is the film in which somebody looks something up on google earth. it's a film which has real emotional resonance.
the opening scenes with the young boy, the five—year—old boy getting lost in the train station has a spielberg—y element to it. the young kid with the enormous machinery of these train stations. it's heartbreaking stuff. it doesn't descend into melodrama. nicole kidman as saroo's adoptive mother does a very, very good job of an understated performance, which manages to show two things. firstly anguish, but she also manages to demonstrate love, which is a really hard thing to act on screen, and i think she does it brilliantly. i have seen this twice now, both times i confess i have been reduced to floods of tears by it. i think you would have to be pretty hard hearted not to. it is a really, really moving story, and it is told in a way which is populist and accessible, but also, i think,
profoundly touching, and even second time around, even when i knew, because the first time round i didn't know anything about the story, i saw it completely cold. even second time round when i did, ifound it a very overwhelming experience. definitely one to see then. best out — i have a feeling i know what you might pick? it's la la land. the biggest problem la la land has is, everyone says la la land is brilliant, so now there is almost a backlash, people saying "0h, surely it can't be as good as that." it is, i'm sorry, it is. it's a modern musical that owes a debt to the umbrellas of cherbourg and singin‘ in the rain, but also to casablanca and new york, new york. and the big crowd scenes, the big numbers are quite something. and i've heard some people say "oh, there's not a memorable tune in it." there's lots! of course there are. i could be singing that soundtrack endlessly since seeing the film. i thought it was really charming. i thnk damien chazelle has done an absolutely brilliant job. i would recommend anybody saw it. it's bitter—sweet. it does have a strong poignant thread of sadness, which is what makes the joyful element morejoyful. i loved it. i absolutely loved it. your thoughts about dvd. i don't know this one, i confess. so kubo and the two strings is an animated film,
stop motion animation film, and, i mean, i'm a huge animation fan, not least because it's such a diverse genre. what i loved about this is the animation itself is breathtaking, you canjust watch it over and over again, which is why it's lovely to have it for home viewing. it's a lovely complicated multi—layered story, which is told through words, actions, but also through music, and it's one of those films i think genuinely audiences of all ages can watch, and a film which treats its audience with respect. it imagines that its audience is smart enough to keep up with the story, is emotionally engaged enough to understand the deeper themes of the story, and are also willing for the story to play out in its own time. i thought it was dazzling. i thought it was wonderful, and several nominations. i think it's a film which really deserves repeat viewing. i can imagine, i have the blu—ray of this, i can imagine going back to it time and time again, and every time you see it seeing something you missed the first time. well, that is a recommendation. mark, great to see you, as ever, thank you very much. just a reminder, you can find more film news and reviews from across the bbc online, including you can see all these previous shows. that's at bbc.co.uk/markkermode. also, of coarse, it is award season.
we were talking about natalie portman, find out who has been nominated for the oscars on our special programme coming on tuesday, 1.15 lunchtime, on the bbc news channel. join me and the film critic jason solomons for all of that. that's the oscar nominations 2017. that's it for this week, though, thanks for watching. bye. a winter awinter 's a winter 's tale after some emerged from their coldest night for four years in the sunshine it was quite delightful in other places today it was grey and overcast all day long. there was snow falling in wales. overnight it stays cold. the blue tinged areas will be particular cold
with severe frost warnings. other spots where it stays cloudy will not be so cold. the odd shower on the most be so cold. the odd shower on the m ost pla ces be so cold. the odd shower on the most places dry. temperatures locally will get a lot lower than these numbers suggest. if i wipe away the clouds and concentrate on fog, later on to night that will be the main talking point, the main story. it will be quite problematic heading into monday and tuesday, destruction entirely possible. warnings in force. specifically as we end the night across southern counties is where the worst fog will be with some airports affected, so allow extra time and get in touch with the operators. it's not for the everywhere. sunshine across wales, pa rt everywhere. sunshine across wales, part of the west country, fog across the midlands into northern england, big questions about northern ireland and scotland, probably less fog but certainly a touch of frost around and slippery surfaces. where you wa ke and slippery surfaces. where you wake up to fob it could stick around for much of the day. if that happens
it will be especially cold. having said that, many settle into a fine day with sunshine, and in the sunshine as we saw today temperatures will bounce back quite nicely, getting up to four or 5 degrees. but where the fog lingers you will struggle to get above freezing. the fog will reform and become quite extensive by tuesday morning across parts of england and wales in particular, in some places lingering for much of the day. change in the weather for northern ireland and scotland, breeds freshening with patchy outbreaks of rain pushing in from the west. turning milder here, nine or 10 degrees. further south and east it will be colder where the fog lingers. later this week the fog should clear as the wind picks up. but a chilly wind for a time before eventually as we head to the weekend it should turn milder. 4—6. with the fog lingers and will be a lot colder. this is bbc news.
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