and daphne, a very interesting and edgy home—grown pic. goodbye christopher robin. i used to make up stories for my kids, so i am fascinated by this. tell me i'm going to love it. i really liked it. i know it has divided critics, but it is basically the story of how the winnie the pooh stories came about. it begins with aa milne in world war i, coming back and suffering from what we now call post—traumatic stress and what they then called shell shock. what we now call post—traumatic stress disorder. he leaves london for rural east sussex and wants to write an anti—war tome, which his wife daphne describes as something that sounds perfectly horrid. and he can't write anything, and then one day he is walking in the woods with his young son, chistopher robin, and suddenly, apparently out of nowhere, comes this unexpected beauty and he starts writing poems and stories which touch everybody‘s hearts, particularly when illustrated by his great friend, ernest. here is a clip. the creatures in the story are toys.
they're toys, but the woods are real. the size is wrong. the bear should be smaller. the size of the little brother. yes. yes, that's it. are you writing a book? i thought we were just having fun. we're writing a book and we're having fun. i didn't know you could do both at the same time. you don't usually look like you're having fun when you're writing. it's not your turn, tigger. this is more than a few poems. hmm. it's a little world. like you said, a hundred—acre paradise. be very, very quiet. vespers. this one's for daphne. you said it divided critics. one said it was like a john lewis christmas advert. that is completely wrong, because it actually has
a lot of darkness in it. the script is by frank cottrell boyce, and he has taken the trauma of the great war, and this is a glade of happiness existing between the two wars, world war i and world war ii. much as with the winnie the pooh stories, it is something which has beauty and charm, but also underneath it has darker themes. it is film about betrayal, about the price of success when suddenly this child finds that his childhood is bought and sold. there's a moment in which he is in london zoo in a cage with a bear and they are both basically on display. it's a film about his separation from his parents, particularly his mother, played by margot robbie, who is very unsympathetically portrayed as someone who is rather opportunistic in the promotion of christopher robin. i think it balances the light and dark very well. you saw in that clip, there was a bit of animation and some magic. the woods are filled with a spielbergian light, but it is not afraid of dealing with the horrors of the war.
it is not afraid of dealing with the frankenstein—like idea of making something that then overshadows the rest of your life. i was moved to tears by it. i thought it was very well played. i went in feeling slightly cynical, same as with saving mr banks. you approach mary poppins very delicately, and it is the same with winnie the pooh. i thought this did it respectfully well and i was moved and charmed by it. so other critics, pish! i thought you were going to say something else then! now, home again, a rom—com with reese witherspoon. she has three young film—makers to stay, sounds like trouble! the story is that she has recently separated. she is a ao—year—old mum who has moved back to los angeles to the house where her father, who is a filmmaker, lives. she meets three young film—makers, all of whom are slightly besotted with her. next thing, they're living in her guesthouse, which is difficult
because she hasn't yet divorced her husband. they're just separated. how is she going to work all this out? basically, it's a wish fulfilment fantasy. it's the kind of film in which you are asked to feel sympathetic for somebody who has a guesthouse that can house three film—makers who happen to have wandered in and in which everybody is a potential suitor. but it works because reese witherspoon is really funny and charming. it is directed by someone who comes from rom—com heritage. and despite the fact that it is flimsy and it is fluff and it is ridiculous, i ended up laughing with it and not at it. i thought it was sweet. michael sheen has fun as the ex who turns up like a bad penny at all the wrong moments. and again, much as i went in feeling cynical, i thought it was a laugh and i chuckled all the way through, largely because reese witherspoon is a great screen presence who can hold this kind of thing together. and playing older roles now. well, playing a role that's appropriate to her age. what's interesting is that although there was a thing going on in the movie about this age difference, imagine if you reversed the age difference, and would anybody raise an eyelid?
i laughed, and that is fairly rare. i thought the film was very sympathetic to her and generally all of the characters. and most of all, it isa of the characters. and most of all, it is a comedy in which i laughed, and that is fairly rare. well, not that rare! come on! now, daphne. this is great. a powerhouse performance by emily beecham. she plays a young londoner who has apparently drifted into her early 30s without much direction, but an awful lot of repressed angst. she works in a kitchen and she works very hard. when she plays, she plays hard. she drinks, she takes drugs, she sleeps with whomever she likes and some people she doesn't like. she is cynical and isolated and she is deliberately attempting to keep everybody at a distance. here's a clip. when you put it like that, that sounds negative, yes. no, no, i know what you're saying. all i'm saying is that so much of what's called love is really people just projecting their ideas of what a love object should look like onto someone else,
and then getting upset when that person fails to live up to those expectations, so then they fall in love with someone else, till they disappoint them too. right, so basically, it turns out i didn't know what you were saying. laughter i don't know why ijust said any of that stuff. i don't actually think any of those things. what, about people basically being incapable of love that isn't self—interested? it's to do with expectations. i don't want you to expect one thing about me and then get mad when i'm not that. you do realise this is a first date, don't you? no need to be facetious. no, it's funny. we're on a date and you're basically saying, "don't get your hopes up, pal". no. it's like i've gone to church, only to realise i've sat next to satan. it's funny. emily beecham is a rising star. she's fantastic. the interesting thing is... i have seen her in a few films and i barely recognise her from one film to the next. she was in hail caesar and she's a versatile player. in this, she is great.
this character is quite frustrating and hard to be with and much as with darren aronofsky‘s mother!, the camera spends the whole time with her, but you absolutely care for and understand her because of her performance. you get to understand this very conflicted nature that she has, that on the one hand, she's seems to be alienated from everybody, but there was a sort of desperation and it. there is a random act of violence that she witnesses and she can't understand why she doesn't feel more empathy for it. so mixed up in her character development are a number of things pulling in different ways, and you understand them all and you understand them because of the way she portrays them. it's a really intelligent performance, because it does that thing where the character doesn't have to be likeable for you to like and understand them. i thought it was really three—dimensional. you really get to grips with the issues she is dealing with and yet at the same time, you can find her company very exasperating. it's called daphne and it's worth seeing.
emily beecham is terrific in it. fantastic. what is best out at the moment? i love this film called in between about three palestinian women living in tel aviv, each independently struggling for their own independence. one is a lawyer with a boyfriend who is not as liberal as he seems. one is a dj whose strict christian parents don't know that she is gay. another is a muslim who is engaged to be married to a very sanctimonious and bullying guy. this has won awards everywhere from the israeli film academy to the cannes film festival. it has also ruffled some feathers. i loved it. i think it is this year's mustang. it is a debt to converge. -- it is —— it isa —— it is a debt to our mode of our on the one hand and can load on the other. really vibra nt performances. again, you really get to care about these women and their lives. it is caught in between and it is terrific. best dvd? city of ghosts. it is not an easy watch. it is a documentary about these journalists documenting what is happening in syria.
they call themselves. —— they call themselves, racket is being slaughtered silently. —— raqqa. and are using the internet to get the true story out. it is of with some very distressing images in it and distressing subjects. the tag line is, our word is stronger than their weapons. obviously, there was a danger with getting those words out, but it is really brave thing that they are doing and the documentary is a tribute to that bravery, although it is a tough watch. and also different from the kind of news coverage. we had a bbc team in raqqa this week, and this is different. it is absolutely ground—level, and what is being risked by the journalists getting this stuff out is extraordinary. the documentary attempts to show you enough that you understand what is going on. i don't think it is in any way exploitative, but there are moments in it when i think anybody would have to look away. it is a very powerful piece and very well made. a tough watch, but
an important watch. i believe so. mark, thank you so much. a quick reminder before we go that you'll find more film news and reviews from across the bbc online at bbc.co.uk/mark kermode. and you can find all our previous programmes on the bbc iplayer. that's it for this week, though. thanks for watching. goodbye. alone. a fairly dreary sunday. most if not all of us have seen rain at some stage. despite that, fairly mucky as now it is getting a windy story as we go through the night and into tomorrow. all because of this area of low pressure, passing to the north of scotland. trailing weather fronts that have given us the rain, and now the wind picking up. the rain will create used was during the
night, although heavy showers are following in scotland, especially in the west. some developing in northern ireland and northern england in the night. a lot of clear whether around because of the strengthening wind, the temperature is not going down too far. a very blustery monday, the strongest winds will be in scotland, northern ireland and northern england. dales, perhaps severe, in exposure. we are talking through the rush—hour, gusts of around 50—60 mph. through the central belt in scotland as well. there could be some travel disruption and bridge closures. worth checking the situation before you go out. there will be further showers in scotland, some heavy ones in the west. a few in northern ireland and northern england, a few spreading towards wales and the midlands. mainly dry until we get some outbreaks of rain heading toward south—west england. 18 at best in london, most of us falling short of that. where it has felt muqqy short of that. where it has felt muggy today it will feel fresher
tomorrow. a west— north—west tomorrow. a west— north—west tomorrow. there will be a chill, especially in the wind. outbreaks of rain to end monday. going through monday night across southern counties of england from this weather system giving us a glancing blow. as the low pressure moves off towards scandinavia away from scotland, perhaps gales or severe gales in north—east scotland and the northern isles. as high pressure builds on tuesday, the winds are slowly easing, most of us will feel fine with some sunny spells. still quite chilly. high pressure getting squeezed southwards on wednesday, rain bearing weather fronts. strengthening wind once again, looking pretty wet across western scotla nd looking pretty wet across western scotland into cumbria for a time on wednesday. south of that, it will stay mainly dry. even here, the winds will be picking up again too. this is bbc news. the headlines. hundreds of people are injured in a day of violence in the spanish
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