Next Cinema Chat – Locke

CinemaChat 11-8-2014 Locke

The next Cinema Chat film will be Locke, starring Tom Hardy and directed by Steven Knight. As usual, Cinema Chat will be held on the second Saturday of the month (November 8th) at 6:00 PM in The Chapel of Our Merciful Savior on the corner of 15th and G Streets in Eureka. Description from Wikipedia:

Directed by Steven Knight
Produced by Guy Heele, Paul Webster
Written by Steven Knight
Starring Tom Hardy
Music by Dickon Hinchliffe
Cinematography Haris Zambarloukos
Edited by Justine Wright
Production
company
Shoebox Films
IM Global
Distributed by A24
Release dates
2 September 2013 (Venice)
18 April 2014 (United Kingdom)
Running time 84 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget Less than $2 million
Box office $4,945,689

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Locke is a 2013 British drama film written and directed by Steven Knight. The film stars Tom Hardy, with Tom Holland, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson, Ben Daniels, and Alice Lowe providing voices.

Plot:

The day before he must supervise a large concrete pour in Birmingham, construction foreman Ivan Locke learns that Bethan, a co-worker with whom he had a one-night stand seven months previously, has gone into premature labour. Despite his job responsibilities and although his wife and sons are eagerly awaiting his arrival at home to watch an important football match, he decides to drive to London to be with Bethan during childbirth.

The film consists entirely of scenes of Locke in his car, phoning his boss and a colleague to ensure that the pour is successful, phoning his wife Katrina to confess his infidelity, and phoning Bethan to reassure her during her labour. Locke’s decision is revealed to be a reaction to his own father, who abandoned him as a child.

Over the course of the two-hour drive to London, he is fired from his job, kicked out of his house by his wife, and asked by his older son to return home. He also coaches his assistant Donal through preparing the pour despite several major setbacks, and has imaginary conversations with his father, whom he envisions as a passenger in the back seat of his car. As he finally reaches the hospital, Locke learns of the successful birth of his daughter.

Next Cinema Chat Film – Cléo from 5 to 7

The next Cinema Chat film will be Cléo from 5 to 7, directed by Agnès Varda and starring Corinne Marchand. As usual, Cinema Chat will be held on the second Saturday of the month (September 13th) at 6:00 PM in The Chapel of Our Merciful Savior on the corner of 15th and G Streets in Eureka. Description from Wikipedia:

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Cléo from 5 to 7

Directed by Agnès Varda
Produced by Georges de Beauregard
Starring Corinne Marchand
Antoine Bourseiller
Dominique Davray
Dorothée Blanc
Michel Legrand
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Alain Levent
Edited by Rose Sokol
Janine Verneau
Release date(s)
11 April 1962
Running time 90 minutes
Country France
Italy
Language French

Cléo from 5 to 7 (French: Cléo de 5 à 7) is a 1962 Left Bank film by Agnès Varda.[1] The story starts with a young singer, Florence “Cléo” Victoire, at 5pm on June 22, as she waits until 6:30pm to hear the results of a medical test that will possibly confirm a diagnosis of cancer. The film is noted for its handling of several of the themes of existentialism, including discussions of mortality, the idea of despair, and leading a meaningful life. The film has a strong feminine viewpoint and raises questions about how women are perceived. The role of mirrors are prevalent to symbolize self-obsession.

The film includes cameos by Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina, Eddie Constantine and Jean-Claude Brialy as characters in the silent film Raoul shows Cléo and Dorothée, while composer Michel Legrand, who wrote the film’s score, plays “Bob the pianist”. It was entered into the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.

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Also, here are some writings on Cléo from 5 to 7 for some intellectual stimulation and enjoyment:

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-cleo-from-5-to-7-1962

http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/cleo-from-5-to-7

http://sensesofcinema.com/2002/great-directors/varda/

http://www.academia.edu/1133031/Deleuze_and_Varda_Everyday_Subjectivity_and_Objectivity_Cleo_from_5_to_7_and_Vagabond