“Eastern Promises” Review

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Eastern Promises (2007)

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Eastern Promises” is David Cronenerg’s 18th big film starring Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel and Naomi Watts. The script is written by Steven Knight, better known for “Amazing Grace” (2006) and “Locke” (2013), and the movie starts with a young Eastern European girl dying during childbirth, leaving her baby girl and a diary behind, which is then taken into care/examination by a nurse called Anna (Watts) in a London hospital. Upon the diary’s examination, Anna discovers that it is very probable that the young girl has suffered badly at the hands of certain individuals, which takes her deep into the seat of a London-based Russian mafia and its operation.

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“The Portrait of a Lady” Review

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The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

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Directed by Jane Campion (‘The Piano’ (1993)), ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ is an adaptation of Henry James’s classic novel of the same name. It tells a story of a beautiful, free-thinking and intelligent young woman, Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) who arrives to England from the US with her aunt, Mrs. Touchett, to “explore the world”. While on her quest, Miss Archer rejects promising marriage proposals coming from a wealthy American tradesman, Caspar Goodwood (Viggo Mortensen), and an immensely rich heir, Lord Warburton (Richard E. Grant). Miss Archer takes these decisions because she is devoted to the ideals of personal freedom and a ceaseless pursuit of knowledge.Through the help of her faithful, but fragile cousin, Ralph (Martin Donovan), Isabel is made rich, and is then free to pursue her dreams of independence. However, when Isabel strikes up friendship with amiable and cultured Madame Merle (Barbara Hershey), she is far from suspecting that this acquaintance will lead to her unhappy marriage to an elusive, middle aged art collector, Gilbert Osmond (John Malkovich).

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“A Dangerous Method” Review

A Dangerous Method (2011)

With ‘A Dangerous Method’, Cronenberg sets out a plan to immerse the audience into the world of passionate forbidden love and clever intellectual discourse on a fascinating topic of human psychiatry. The film follows a complicated working relationship between two of the most prominent psychoanalysts of the 20th century, Professor Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Dr Jung (Michael Fassbender), as well as shows Dr Jung’s sophisticated affair with his hysterical Russian patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley). 

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“A History of Violence” Review

A History of Violence (2005)

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Since David Cronenberg’s ‘A Dangerous Method(2011) is coming to the UK’s cinemas February 2012, I thought I would review one of my favourites of this director’s films – ‘A History of Violence’. Cronenberg excels himself in this film, portraying violence at its very raw. 

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