British realist director Mike Leigh’s 2004 drama ‘Vera Drake’ focuses on the story of its title character (Imelda Staunton), a working class woman performing backstreet abortions in postwar London. Following the pseudo-documentary works of British New Wave filmmakers Ken Loach or Lindsay Anderson, Leigh delivers a social drama offering an insight on the medical, financial and domestic circumstances of working class families in 1950s England, using objective camerawork and a screenplay based on unscripted actor improvisation in order to create a film that is able to present a fragment of reality.
Abdellatif Kechiche Tunisian-French director’s Palme d’Or winning 2013 film ‘La vie d’Adèle’ happens to be a successful attempt to talk honestly about the subject that tends to be most lied about in the history of cinema – love. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS
Former Dogme 95 founder Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Hunt’ reaffirms the importance of the truth through its poignant depiction of undeserved suffering. Starring as Lucas, Mads Mikkelsen lights up the screen with his injection of raw emotion and undeniable humanity, capturing our attention and gaining our sympathy at every possible turn. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS
Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 Academy Award-winning fifth feature film tells the multilayered tale of a family disintegration presenting contrasts and conflicts of gender, class and religion, combining classic Iranian domestic cinema and neorealism with a courtroom drama. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS