They are everywhere: films with a Humanities link! Whilst I was looking for films to go to over the Easter holidays I spotted these, all of which are 12A rating:
The Monuments Men – George Clooney’s men-on-a-mission movie is loosely based on the true story of seven museum directors, curators and art historians whose task, during the closing stages of the Second World War, is to save artworks stolen by the Nazis and return them to their rightful owners. Unsurprisingly, things don’t go as smoothly as planned, as the team find themselves constantly evading the German army.
The Past – Asghar Farhadi follows up his Oscar success A Separation with a more expansive account of family turmoil. Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) arrives from Iran to finalise his divorce with his wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo, Best Actress winner at Cannes 2013), only to find her in a relationship with Samir (Tahar Rahim). From here Farhadi weaves a complex, intelligent drama, aided in no small part by an excellent cast.
Noah – The first in a series of mainstream biblical epics to hit our screens over the coming months – and the mother of all disaster stories – is Darren Aronofsky’s account of the heavenly tsunami that wiped out all life save for the occupants of Noah’s ark. Russell Crowe heads up an impressive cast as the man informed by God that humanity’s sinfulness will result in a great flood and places upon him the responsibility of preserving two of every species