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Cocoa's Column #4

Your weekly guide to films you can watch without leaving your house!

Well folks it that time of the week again! Last week I promised you a column of comedies. Turns out that has been quite a challenge due to differing interpretations of what is 'funny'! So have done my best. I hope there is something here for everyone!
Happy Watching!
 
Free to View Film of the Week
'The Lavender Hill Mob'
BBC 2
Friday 16.00

The Lavender Hill Mob, maybe more than six decades old, but it will never grow old. The second of three collaborations between Charles Crichton and T E  B Clarke, it’s an austerity-era fantasy, a pre-Ronnie Biggs dream in which Alec Guinness devises the perfect robbery: smuggling £1 million in gold bullion to France in the form of Eiffel Tower paperweights! 

Helped by a peerless script and a great team of actors (Alfie Bass and Sid James as professional thieves; Stanley Holloway as an oratory-inclined artist-scamster), the film is both a joyous comedy and a tense thriller. Indeed, its climactic car-chase sequence is easily as dramatic as any of those found in today’s summer blockbusters. An Ealing comedy classic - not to be missed!

 

Streaming Film of the Week
'Seventeen'
Netflix 

“Seventeen” tells the story of Hector, aged 17, who’s has been in a youth detention center for two years. As part of his rehabilitation he is sent to an animal rescue centre. Here he encounters Over, a dog as shy and elusive as him.

When Oveja, is found a home, Hector runs away to find him. He is accompanied by his elder brother Ismael who is determined that Hector doesn’t get in trouble because in two days time he will be 18. From then on, any crime he commits will not send him back to youth detention, but straight to jail.

This coming-of-age dramedy is quirky, heartwarming, and funny. If you're looking for a side-splitting laughs, the isn't it. Instead the humour comes from smaller moments when we recognise our own foibles through the lovely performances, from the smart, snappy dialogue, and when we can see the two brothers heading straight for disaster! It also stars a dog - so it got me at 'hello'!

Rental Film of the Week
'Force Majeure'
Amazon Prime Rental £2.49

This Swedish comedy is set in a resort in the French Alps. A middle-class family takes a ski vacation: father, Tomas; mother, Ebba; and two young children, Vera and Harry. While enjoying lunch on a mountainside terrace, they witness an avalanche that’s rapidly gaining in strength. Rather than protect his family, Tomas bolts from the table in fear. Throughout the remainder of the film we see the implications of this decision and just how much Ebba holds his instinctive cowardice against him.

Described in the NY Times as a 'brilliant, viciously amusing takedown of bourgeois complacency and gender stereotypes', this physical comedy was recently remade as 'Downhill' with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Farrell; but we all know the originals are the best!


 
Well thats if for this week folks.
Next week... '..if you missed'!
Happy Easter
Love Cocoa x
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