Films around Chelt (from July 16, 2022)

The Roses

Elvis, plus Everything Went Fine, the new François Ozon film about a young woman who wants to take her 85-year-old father to Dignitas (or similar) in Switzerland to end his life. That’s Entertainment! With Sophie Marceau and Charlotte Rampling.

Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening, if you want to <irony> fight your way through the crowds </irony>.

Also, on Thursday morning at 11:15, a documentary called The Princess. It’s not about British Leyland’s legendary ‘land-crab’, but the woman who was supposed to be Queen of England around about now. You remember her. Forgotten her name. Including a Q&A with the director and producer. I’d ask them whether they are happy in their work.

The Guildhall

Sorry, I can’t help you. They haven’t updated their website.

The Sherborne

Elvis and Lightyear, plus, from Friday, The Railway Children Return. Mark’s website describes it as ‘A perfect sequel to E. Nesbit’s much loved original filmed in the same locations’. What a pity E. Nesbit was too busy with socialism and imaginative writing to churn one out herself. Art by accountants: it’s all there on the screen. Scenery, trains, sentiment. With Tom Courtenay and, of course, Jenny Agutter. Last time I wrote about the original film, Pamela told me off for saying she waved her red drawers to stop a train. Actually, it was a petticoat. What would I know? I identify as a man. Such things are a mystery to me.

The Cineworlds

Cheltenham also has The Railway Children (no industrial action in those imaginary days, naturally) but otherwise it’s all the same stuff as last week, except for Fruits Basket: Prelude, which is a prequel to the world-conquering animé franchise. If you’re a newcomer, here’s Wikipedia: ‘Fruits Basket tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma, learns that 13 members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac and are cursed to turn into their animal forms when they are weak, stressed, or when they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex that is not possessed by a spirit of the zodiac.’ Hmm.

It looks pretty enough (see picture), but – horror – it’s dubbed in whiny American.

Gloucester has Kaduva, an Indian crime film from about the Kerala police.

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