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Cocoa's Column #6
Welcome back folks! Its Friday again so here are this week's choices for the best films you can watch without leaving your house!
Some readers have been asking who does the typing for me. Well this is my mum, Jo. Some of you may have met her at the Chester International Film Festival last month. She is much better at typing than me, so I have let her choose the 'free to view' film of the week this week. Shall we see if it's any good?...

 
Free to View Film of the Week
'Croupier'
Film4 Download
https://www.channel4.com/programmes/croupier
 
Staring one of Mum's favourite actresses, Alex Kingston (aka Dr Elizabeth Corday) and Clive Owen in a super cool hat, this is an ice cold thriller directed by Mike 'Flash Gordon' Hodges.

When it was originally released in 1998 it was eclipsed by other 'bigger' British films such as the Full Monty. But this is an intriguing and cerebral thriller about a struggling writer, Jack who takes a job in a cheesy, sleazy casino to generate ideas for a novel. Instead, he gets sucked into its fascinating world of corruption.

In the words of The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw 'It's a distinctive, original movie for grown-ups, with first-rate performances. It deserves to be seen. When it first came out, we should have given it more respect!'
 
Free to View Film of the Week
'Croupier'
Film4 Download
https://www.channel4.com/programmes/croupier
 
Starring one of Mum's favourite actresses, Alex Kingston (aka Dr Elizabeth Corday) and Clive Owen in a super cool hat, this is an ice cold thriller directed by Mike 'Flash Gordon' Hodges.

When it was originally released in 1998 it was eclipsed by other 'bigger' British films such as the Full Monty. But this is an intriguing and cerebral thriller about a struggling writer, Jack who takes a job in a cheesy, sleazy casino to generate ideas for a novel. Instead, he gets sucked into its fascinating world of corruption.

In the words of The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw 'It's a distinctive, original movie for grown-ups, with first-rate performances. It deserves to be seen. When it first came out, we should have given it more respect!'
 
Streaming Film of the Week
'And Breathe Normally'
Netflix
 
A struggling Icelandic single mother forms an unlikely bond with a female asylum seeker from Guinea Bissau in this impressively acted social-realist drama.

The film unfolds amid grim, desolate-looking landscapes that supply the antithesis of Iceland’s tourist brochures. Tough, tattooed Lara strives to stay a few steps ahead of the debt collector yet still provide cute and uncomplaining son Eldar with the occasional treat, such as rescue cat Músi. 

A lifeline for Lara’s financial situation seems to materialize when the border security forces at Iceland’s main airport, offer her a position as a trainee. And it’s there she first crosses paths with Adja, who is in transit to Canada on a fake French passport. After Lara flags the passport to her trainer, Adja winds up stranded in Iceland. Lara and Adja's paths continue to cross and it turns out they have more in common than they might have guessed.

What might, in other hands, be melodramatic or emotionally manipulative, remains resolutely unsentimental. A tough but an essential watch!

Rental Film of the Week
'Moffie'
Curzon Home Cinema, £11.99
https://www.curzonhomecinema.com/film/watch-moffie-film-online

Brand new and on release for the first time today (April 24th), Moffie is a little more expensive than the usual rentals I recommend, but it comes with universal praise attached!

To be a moffie is to be weak, effeminate, illegal. The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the Apartheid regime. 

This means grisly basic training and then a terrifying “border tour”. Young van der Swart suppresses his fear at this vicious dehumanising experience and also his own gay sexuality, because “moffies” are treated as the enemy within and could expect to be beaten and brutalised.

Again this is a tough watch - but thought provoking on many levels. Definitely one to stay in for!
**** The Guardian
Thats all folks!
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