The Roses Is closed on Monday 19th, which means that there is just one screening, on Thursday morning, of Eiffel, directed by Martin Bourboulon and starring Romain Duris. As you might deduce it is the story of Gustave Eiffel, the engineer, and his attempts to construct the tower that bears his name. There is also a romantic sub-plot concerning his childhood sweetheart, but the tower outlasts the romance.

Otherwise, there are a couple of films that have already been shown at Cineworld. Nope, directed by Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya is described as a blend of comedy, sci-fi, horror and western. Something for everybody then – or just a mish-mash? The Forgiven, directed by John Michael McDonagh (of The Guard and Calvary fame) stars Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain as an unhappily married couple on their way to an upmarket party in Morocco. Driving through the desert in the dark (never a good idea) they run over and kill a local Moroccan boy. The film explores themes of guilt, morality and justice and Fiennes in particular gives an excellent performance.

I note that the earliest live performance at the Guildhall is now scheduled for 1st October and no sign yet of any film screenings. (PW)

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