Review: Playground

Director: Laura Wandel Stars: Maya Vanderbeque, Günter Duret, Laura Verlinden School years are immensely formative in the development of the individual, and not just for the lessoned learned in the classroom. These monitored spaces are also arenas in which we learn social queues, hierarchies and boundaries. Laura Wandel's intimately-shot Playground intrudes into these spaces with sometimes …

Review: Petite Maman

Director: Céline Sciamma Stars: Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse Skip over her illustrious last film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, for just a moment and the cinema of Céline Sciamma has been defined by her keenly attuned sense of the interior lives of children. In Water Lilies this manifested in a tale of …

Review: Room

Director: Lenny Abrahamson Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Brie Larson When I heard that The Room was back in cinemas and, what's more, sneaking into Oscars contention - not least for its lead actress - I assumed it was some weird joke. Had I woken in Bizarro-world? But no. Tommy Wiseau's cult 'classic' will remain on …