Mandy (2018)

Director: Panos Cosmatos
Writer: Panos Cosmatos, Aaron Stewart-Ahn
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré, Richard Brake, Bill Duke
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 20.9.2018

Red (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) couldn’t be happier with each other. They live remotely and they live mostly for each other. But their intense togetherness is not only disrupted, it is destroyed when Mandy catches the eye of Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), the leader of a local cult. Jeremiah shows up at Red and Mandy’s home ready to do everything to get Mandy to himself.

Mandy starts off well enough, but after the first hour or so, I lost interest in it. It’s intriguing, and as an opening to this year’s /slash Filmfestival it was well-chosen, but it just didn’t work all the way through.

The film poster all in red hues, showing various of the film's characters.
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Director: Yaël Farber
Writer: Yaël Farber
Cast: Isabella Nefar, Olwen Fouéré, Ramzi Choukair, Lloyd Hutchinson, Philip Arditti, Paul Chahidi, Theo TJ Lowe, Raad Rawi, Aidan Kelly, Shahar Isaac, Uriel Emil
Seen on: 22.6.2017

In a Roman occupied Judea, Salomé (Isabella Nefar) doesn’t have much room to maneuver, despite the privileged position that comes with being the niece/step daughter of Herod (Paul Chahidi), who is a little too invested in her for comfort. When Iokanaan (Ramzi Choukair), aka John the Baptist, is arrested, Salomé is intrigued and seeks to talk to him.

The play Salomé is an attempt to retell the story of Salomé from a less misogynist perspective. It’s an attempt that I appreciated in many ways, even if not everything about it works as well as it should.

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