Friday 26 June 2009
Now here's a real test of your mettle.
I thought Abbas Kiarostami's amazing Ten pushed the envelope, with its camera fixed on a woman behind the wheel of her car. But at least she was on the move, and talking to her passengers. Shirin is austerity itself, a 90-minute sequence of close-ups on the faces of an Iranian cinema audience as they sit and watch a movie. No cutaways, just those faces – and only one of them, Juliette Binoche, recognisable to Westerners. The film they're watching is based on a Persian poem about a star-crossed Armenian princess, and Shirin simply monitors the emotional reactions – a twitch, a smile – which the drama provokes on each physiognomy. The cast, incidentally, are all female, though men can be glimpsed in seats here and there. Why all women? Because, says the director, "they are more beautiful, complicated and sensational". Cheers! It becomes quite mesmerising, though you really do have to enjoy looking at women's faces.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 iPhone 6 review: bigger, thinner, faster, brighter - Apple proves you can make the best better
- 2 Sports Direct security guard allegedly banned Jewish schoolboys and told them: 'No Jews, no Jews'
- 3 Watch a man race the Circle line - and win
- 4 Pakistani passenger power forces two politicians off plane
- 5 Kanye West halts concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Emma Thompson admits being frightened ahead of Sweeney Todd West End appearance
Robin Thicke admits he did not write 'Blurred Lines'
Star Trek 3 to begin shooting in next six months
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
The Walking Dead season 5 air date, trailer and season 4 recap
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'