Nothing Personal (2009)

Nothing Personal
Director: Urszula Antoniak
Writer: Urszula Antoniak
Cast: Lotte Verbeek, Stephen Rea
Seen on: 18.5.2021

A young woman (Lotte Verbeek) is traveling alone through Ireland. She just separated from her partner in Amsterdam, and has no interest in connecting with the people in Ireland. She just wants to keep moving. When she stumbles upon a lonely, very remote house, she wants to stay. The house’s owner, Martin (Stephen Rea), offers her food if she works with him in his garden, which she accepts – under the condition that they will exchange no personal information.

Nothing Personal is a minimalist film that is all about living in the present, but with none of the exhilaration that usually comes with that sentiment. It’s a thoughtful film that unfolds as much after you watched it as during.

The film poster showing Anne (Lotte Verbeek) spooning Martin (Stephen Rea). She is naked, he is covered completely by a white sheet.
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Greta (2018)

Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Ray Wright, Neil Jordan
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Colm Feore, Zawe Ashton, Thaddeus Daniels, Raven Dauda, Stephen Rea
Seen on: 17.5.2019

Content Note: stalking

When Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a handbag in the subway station, she makes sure to return it to its owner, widow Greta (Isabelle Huppert). Greta, a retired piano teacher, seems lonely and the kind-hearted Frances resolves to spend some time with her. But soon things start to become a little weird. There seems to be more to Greta than Frances suspected at first.

Greta has unfortunately more holes than plot and for a film that tries so hard to lure people on the wrong path, that is more than unfortunate. It breaks the film.

the film poster showing a purse dangling on a fish hook.
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Ondine (2009)

Ondine is Neil Jordan‘s newest film, starring Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Alison Barry, Dervla Kirwan, Tony Curran and Stephen Rea.

Syracuse (Colin Farrell) is a fisherman who leads a rather reclusive life, most of which is devoted to his daughter Annie (Alison Barry). But all of this suddenly changes when he pulls a mysterious young woman – Ondine (Alicja Bachleda) – out of the water. Annie is convinced that Ondine is a selk and soon, Syracuse half believes it, too.

Ondine tanked pretty hard, box-officewise – and I have no idea why. It’s a really sweet movie, a perfect modern fairy tale and it’s wonderfully shot. What more could you ask for?

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