Tag Archives: Tilda Swinton

Joanna Hogg – Caprice (1986)

Caprice (1986)

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A girl finds herself inside a fashion magazine – Joanna Hogg’s graduation piece at the National Film and Television School starring a then unknown Tilda Swinton. Read More »

Pedro Almodóvar – The Human Voice (2020)

Synopsis: A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up. but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Read More »

Scott McGehee & David Siegel – The Deep End (2001)

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Vintage film noir gets a confidently stylish upgrade in this subtle domestic thriller, intensified by Tilda Swinton’s acclaimed performance as a mother who risks everything to protect her family. Adapted from Elisabeth Sanxay Holding’s story The Blank Wall (previously filmed as 1949’s The Reckless Moment), the film’s gripping plot commences with Margaret (Swinton), a naval officer’s wife and mother of three, disposing of the body of a sleazy club owner, who died in an accident after a confrontation with Margaret’s closeted gay son. Maternal instinct shifts into high gear when a blackmailer (Goran Visnjic) demands $50,000 to withhold incriminating evidence, and his unspoken feelings provoke an unexpectedly compassionate alliance. Compelling plot twists aside, The Deep End gains much of its impact from the quiet desperation of a family defined by its secrets and rescued by the mysterious motivations of the human heart. Read More »

Michael Whyte – Your Cheatin’ Heart (1990)

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Scottish playwright John Byrne’s follow-up to the great Tutti Frutti of 1987, was another distinctive, music-themed series. But, whereas Tutti Frutti was about rock ‘n’ roll, 1990’s Your Cheatin’ Heart revolved around the country music and rockabilly scene. The tale contains all the traditional ingredients of the archetypal Western: a defiant woman alone with her husband in gaol, a guileless stranger who finds the courage enough to help save the day, murders, and a series of down and dirty bad men. There’s just one thing…it’s set in modern day Glasgow. But don’t forget it was Celtic music played by the Scottish and Irish immigrants in the frontier towns of the new world that helped shape American country music. Read More »

Sally Potter – Orlando (1992)

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Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British history, experiencing a variety of lives and relationships along the way, and even changing sex. Read More »

Derek Jarman – War Requiem (1989)

War Requiem is a 1989 film adaptation of Benjamin Britten’s musical piece of the same name.

It was shot in 1988 by the British film director Derek Jarman with the 1963 recording as the soundtrack, produced by Don Boyd and financed by the BBC. Decca Records required that the 1963 recording be heard on its own, with no overlaid soundtrack or other sound effects. The film featured Nathaniel Parker as Wilfred Owen, and Laurence Olivier in his last acting appearance in any medium before his death in July 1989. The film is structured as the reminiscences of Olivier’s character, the Old Soldier in a wheelchair, and Olivier recites “Strange Meeting” in the film’s prologue. Read More »

Jóhann Jóhannsson – Last and First Men (2020)

Two billion years ahead of us, a future race of humans finds itself on the verge of extinction. Almost all that is left in the world are lone and surreal monuments, beaming their message into the wilderness.

Based on the cult science fiction novel of the same name by Olaf Stapledon, Jóhann Jóhannsson artfully combines music, film and narrative spoken by Hollywood star Tilda Swinton in his opus Magnum Last and First Men, a poetic meditation on memory and loss. Read More »