Think a two-and-a-half hour subtitled drama about the AIDS epidemic in 1990s France sounds like a drag? Think again. BPM (Beats Per Minute) is electrifying cinema, bringing a moment in history vividly to life, and challenging us to live more urgently and truthfully ourselves.
The film revolves around the Paris chapter of ACT UP, a motley group of activists battling the apathy of government officials and the self-interest of pharmaceutical companies. New recruit Nathan (Arnaud Valois) is drawn into the drama of political protest – and into a romance with HIV-positive Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart).
BPM is available to rent from Curzon Home Cinema. The film is rated 15 for strong sex, nudity, sex references, language.
Monday morning this week found me getting a bit teary at my desk. (And no, not because it’s January and it’s cold and I wanted to be back in bed.) The news was full of inspiring women speaking up for themselves, amplifying the voices of others – and perhaps, finally, being heard.
At the 2018 Golden Globes, the #TimesUp movement was the talk of Hollywood. The black dresses on the red carpet were, as actress Amber Tamblyn explained, not a fashion statement. ‘It is a statement of action. It is a direct message of resistance. Black because we are powerful when we stand together with all women across industry lines. Black because we’re starting over, resetting the standard. Black because we’re done being silenced and we’re done with the silencers. Tonight is not a mourning. Tonight is an awakening.’
It’s the latest thing in food production. Lucy Mirando, the new CEO of the formerly ruthless Mirando corporation, is happy to announce that they have developed a new breed of genetically engineered super-pig. As part of a publicity stunt meant to bolster Mirando’s touchy-feely new image, twenty six piglets will be sent out to farms in different parts of the world to be raised by local farmers using traditional methods.
In South Korea, a pig named Okja is brought up by young Mija (Seo Hyun) and her grandfather (Byun Hee-Bong). Girl and pig share a close bond – and Mija is heartbroken when the Mirando corporation return to claim what’s theirs. To make matters worse, animal rights activist Jay (Paul Dano) tells her that Okja is being sent to America to be slaughtered. Can Mija and her friends make a stand and save Okja’s bacon?