The Normal Heart

Growing up, coming of age and coming out at the tail-end of the AIDS crisis was a total mind-fuck of terrifying, confusing, emotionally-scarring proportions. (Run that “Pride” meme round your head why don’t you, while contemplating the Gay Cancer….) So: I missed out on the glorious bacchanalia, and landed at a time of fear and…

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Braca Blum

Braca Blum – that’s Brothers Bloom in Serbian, if you really must know. A stylised con-com (confidence trick comedy), Bloom isn’t, to be honest, the kind of movie I’d normally rush out to see. But since it was made here in Serbia, and was premiering in Belgrade during the week – with the aimiable director…

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Blindness

The story in Blindness – Jose Saramago’s apocalyptic “vision” as interpreted by Fernando Meirelles – is simple: Mankind is affected by sudden, inexplicable and instantly transmittable blindness. Society fractures. Some cope, and survive decently, some descend into cruelty and madness – everyone spirals into hell. (I kept thinking about Lord of the Flies.) Only one…

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