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Tues Apr 16th 2024, 7.30pm
The More You Ignore Me (15), at Kinokulture - 98mins

Based on Jo Brand's critically acclaimed novel of the same name, The More You Ignore Me is a warm, comedy drama focusing on the life of an unconventional family in 1980s rural England. It centres on Gina, whose efforts to be a loving mother and wife are undermined by her declining mental health. Things deteriorate when she develops an obsession with the local TV weatherman! As she grows up, her daughter Alice struggles to relate to her heavily medicated mum, and causes chaos when she comes up with a plan to reconnect with her, which divides the family and leads to a moving climax. Mark Addy plays Alice’s stoic and caring dad, Sheila Hancock has an uproarious small role as Alice’s dysfunctional gran, and Jo Brand herself plays a friendly face at the local shop. As a former psychiatric nurse, Brand knows the subject, and brings to it a unique mix of wisdom, humour and seriousness.

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WED May 1st 2024, 7.30pm, at Hermon Chapel
Vantage Point (15) - 90 mins

Vantage Point is a gripping and unusual action-thriller. What makes it stand out is its narration style: it's like watching one big action sequence from different perspectives. The film is also full of explosions, car chases and everything a fan of the genre would wish for. A US president is on the receiving end of an assassination attempt while at an international summit. The gimmick is that the movie is composed of the same chaotic 11-minute period being shown over and over from the vantage points of different people, including a secret service agent (Dennis Quaid), a tourist (Forest Whitaker) and a TV producer (Sigourney Weaver). Nobody's point of view contradicts anyone else's; but Quaid has to piece together what's been seen - and what's not been seen. And how refreshing to see a commercial film that tries something structurally and procedurally different.

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WED May 15th 2024, 7.30pm, at Hermon Chapel
Capernaum (15) - 108mins, subtitled

Survival on the streets of Beirut: Capernaüm ("Chaos") tells the story of Lebanese boy Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to a hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent and abusive parents, and surviving through his wits on the streets. Here he meets migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with food and shelter as Zain takes care of her baby son in return. But when she is picked up by police, he has to head off back to the streets, taking the baby with him – and is confronted by some terrible choices. Later he takes his parents to court, to protest against the path of life they led him down. Capernaum was nominated for a best foreign language Oscar, and this heart-wrenching film has received a host of other accolades.

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