Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda | Japan | 2023 | 2h 7m | Japanese w/ English subtitles | Starring Sakura Andô, Eita Nagayama, Soya Kurokawa, Mitsuki Takahata, Shidô Nakamura

A single mother becomes suspicious when her typically reserved son starts exhibiting peculiar behaviour. Upon learning that a teacher might be involved, she confronts those in charge at the school. However, as the narrative unfolds from the perspectives of the mother, teacher, and child, the truth gradually surfaces. A humanistic and gently powerful family drama directed by acclaimed filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters, Still Walking), co-written by award-winning playwright Yuji Sakamoto, and featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto’s poignant final score.


‘The performances drawn from child actors Kurokawa and Hinata Hiiragi are perfect, while their section of the film takes place in colours so bold and vivid it feels as if only children see the world that way. Thanks to Kore-eda, so can we.’
Danny Leigh, The FT

‘As you’d expect from Kore-eda, it’s all told with the utmost detail and care, and a gentle score from the late Ryuichi Sakamoto only adds to the overarching air of thoughtfulness and empathy.’
Dave Calhoun, Time Out

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Today (Saturday 20th July)


Blow-Up 15
1h 51m
In his first English-language feature, Italian master filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni brings his existentialist ennui to the vibrant streets of swinging London. Winner of the Palme d’Or for Best Film at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967.

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All That Jazz 15
2h 2m
Bob Fosse (Cabaret) turned the camera on his own life for this wildly imaginative and self-critical musical masterpiece starring Roy Scheider as a director on the edge. Winner of the Palme d’Or for Best Film at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980.

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Barton Fink 15
1h 56m
The Coen Brothers won the Palme d’Or for Best Film at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival for this darkly comic satire of Hollywood commercialism and artistic self-delusion, starring John Turturro as a frazzled and unfulfilled screenwriter.

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Tomorrow (Sunday 21st July)


THX 1138 12A
1h 35m
In a dystopian future where emotions are controlled by a totalitarian state, THX 1138 rebels for freedom. George Lucas’ debut showcases dehumanization and resistance, highlighting Lucas's early brilliance.

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The Nature of Love 15
1h 50m | French w/ English subtitles
In French-Canadian director Monia Chokri’s sharply perceptive romantic comedy, a 40-year-old philosophy professor, stuck in a loveless marriage, embarks on an affair with the young craftsman working on their home.

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Kinds of Kindness 18
2h 44m
A man takes control of his life. A man's missing wife returns. A woman searches for a spiritual leader with a unique ability. Three stories come together in Yorgos Lanthimos' dark comedy, starring Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, and Willem Dafoe.

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