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movies By GREG CLARKE

Mustang

Ben-Hur

Love & Friendship

Mustang is the result of an international collaboration. France, Turkey and Germany all share country-of-origin credits for this foreignlanguage film. In a northern Turkish village, five orphaned sisters’ lives change suddenly when on the way home from school one summer they innocently play with a troupe of boys at a beach. Despite the innocence of the act, their action causes a scandal. The home where they stay slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school and marriages begin to be arranged. Brilliantly, the five sisters – driven by desires for choice and ultimately freedom – fight back against the limits imposed on them. The film was released in the US last year and one critic described it as a straight forward story of female empowerment – “but it’s the way it tells that story that makes it deserving of all the accolades, including an Oscar nod for best foreign-language film”. Another critic wrote, “I can’t wait for the rest of the world to discover it”.

Lew Wallace’s 1880 historical novel, BenHur: A Tale of the Christ, was first made into a movie in 1959. In the 21st-century version of this biblical tale, English actor Jack Huston (Hustle) plays Judah Ben-Hur, a prince from one of the most respected families in Jerusalem who is falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother (played by Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Ben-Hur’s life of privilege comes to a ruthlessly swift end when he is stripped of his title and separated from his family. The fall is complete when he also loses Esther, played by Iranian-born actor Nazanin Boniadi from Homeland, the woman he loves. Ben-Hur is forced into slavery and after years at sea returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but instead finds redemption. Morgan Freeman, who plays Sheik Ilderim, an Arab who agrees to let Ben-Hur race his chariot, lends a hand to the atonement cause. Ultimately, Ben-Hur goes wheel-to-wheel against his brother in a blood sport where the first to finish is the last to die. Rodrigo Santoro, one of Brazil’s most lauded actors, plays Jesus.

Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry star in this comedy based on the writings of a young but often hilariously insightful Jane Austen. Set in the 1790s of Georgian England, Love & Friendship plots the various courses set by the scheming and manipulative Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale). The film mines the comedic veins that can be so richly found in the matchmaking, and heart break, of the idle rich (or those chasing such a life). The widowed Lady Susan – “that woman is a fiend,” is one description of her – is consumed by the quest to find a husband for her daughter and herself. Her friend Alicia Johnson (Chloe Sevigny) helps in this regard, though two young men – the handsome Reginald DeCourcy (played by Xavier Samuel) and wealthy Sir James Martin (played by Tom Bennett) – seriously complicate their plans. Love & Friendship is directed by Whit Stillman, still perhaps best known for his 1990 film Metropolitan. The movie was selected to screen at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

102 Paradise – Air Niugini’s in-flight magazine

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Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...

Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, July/August 2016  

The July/August 2016 Issue (Vol 4, 2016) of 'Paradise' magazine, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Gu...