The refugee crisis, homosexuality and pathological narcissism: this week we highlight the films The Other Side of Hope, Being 17 and Love Witch.
The Other Side Of Hope, Aki Kaurismäki (Finland)
Synopsis: Aki Kaurismäki returns to his comic dry style to deal with a refugee crisis without any modesty to show the racism and violence to which migrants may be subjected. Khaled, syrian refugee stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a traveling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground and Wikström finds him sleeping in the yard behind his restaurant. He offers him a job and a roof over his head and, for a while, they form a Utopian union with the restaurant's waitress, the chef and his dog. Trailer
Being 17, André Téchiné (France)
Synopsis: Damien lives with his mother Marianne, a doctor, while his father is on a tour of duty abroad. He is bullied by Thomas, whose mother is ill. The boys find themselves living together when Marianne invites Thomas to come and stay with them. A romantic drama about the awakening of adolescent sexuality. Trailer
Love Witch, Anna Biller (USA)
Synopsis: Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the 1970s, The Love Witch explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism. Trailer