Description: After months of fruitless investigation, DCI Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton, Westworld) is under intense pressure from her superiors to apprehend a serial killer responsible for the murder of two women. When a third victim is abducted, Roz makes a breakthrough and apprehends the suspect – but the case is far from open-shut. With doubts around the investigation swirling, Chief Forensic Investigator Tim Ifield (Jason Watkins, W1A) briefs AC-12 to investigate. AC-12’s Supt Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes) places DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure, The Secret Agent) undercover inside Roz’s team to discover the truth. With DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston, Sweet Sixteen) piling on pressure from the outside, Roz is forced to act decisively. But as suspicions mount and the conspiracy deepens, AC-12 soon find themselves under threat.
The first two seasons of Line of Duty established it as a programme concerned with examining the way in which good cops could get involved in very bad things, for ordinary, ultimately rather banal reasons. In each one, AC12, a police anti-corruption unit, focussed an investigation on a single individual who had fallen foul of their chosen profession and seemingly swapped sides, from hero to villain. Much undercover subterfuge and some intense, nail-biting police interviews led to their misdeeds being uncovered and, by the finales, the cases were, for the most part, resolved.
Regular viewers were expecting Season 3 to repeat the format. This time, Daniel Mays’ character, Sergeant Danny Waldron, was the one spiralling out of control, following the pattern set by Lennie James’ Tony Gates and Keeley Hawes’ magnificent Lindsay Denton, in the previous two seasons. With AC12’s Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) initially going undercover to investigate Waldron’s firearms unit, viewers settled in for what they assumed would be more of the same winning formula.
But writer Jed Mercurio’s one consistency is his ability to sweep the carpet out from under you, and by the end of the first episode, as Waldron was killed, it was clear we were dealing with something quite different.
RO-DE-FR / 127 min / Color / A Freeman Entertainment (in Romania) release of a Parada Film, augenschein Filmproduktion, Sophie Dulac Prods. production/ Dir: Calin Peter Netzer Pro: Călin Peter Netzer, Oana Iancu Scr: Cãlin Peter Netzer, Cezar Paul Bădescu, Iulia Lumânare, inspired by the novel “Luminiţa, mon amour” by Bădescu Cin: Andrei Butică Cast: Mircea Postelnicu, Diana Cavallioti, Carmen Tănase, Vasile Muraru, Tania Popa, Igor Caras Romanov, Adrian Titieni, Vlad Ivanov. Synopsis: Toma and Ana meet as students in the literature faculty, and quickly fall in love. But, because of Ana’s mental illness, their relationship slowly collapses. Release Dates: 17 February 2017 (Berlin International Film Festival); Romania 3 March 2017; Spain 25 August 2017. IMDb Rating: 7.3.
Summary: Toma and Ana meet at university. A love affair begins that is full of hopes and dreams and suffused by the feeling that each needs the other in equal measure. Ana has a complicated family background and suffers from severe panic attacks. Middle-class Toma is as shocked as he is fascinated by the deep well of despair he encounters in his beloved. Toma gives Ana his complete support and takes her to see a string of doctors. At the same time the two begin to isolate themselves from their families and friends. Ana’s weakness appears to make Toma stronger. When she falls pregnant, Ana embarks on a therapy based on analytical psychoanalysis from which she emerges a stronger person. But then Toma’s world begins to topple … Călin Peter Netzer’s film blends romantic drama with a study of mental illness and how it is overcome. Unfolding like a complex puzzle structured around Toma’s psychoanalytical sessions, the narrative plunges into the past in a series of sustained flashbacks. Scenes from a complex marriage that reveal numerous connections to the repressed depths and taboos of Romanian society. (Source: Internationale Filmfestspile Berlin)
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Director’s Note: Ana, Mon Amour is a story about a man’s struggle to find out how the unseen, the unspoken, even the unthought shaped his life. “I think it’s important you understand what kept you with Ana.” Toma is told during a therapy session. The film doesn’t deal with the erosion of Toma’s relationship with Ana, but rather with the actual impossibility of properly building a relationship. The lovers behave like communicating vessels in physics; they flow into each other with their own unfulfilled needs. They are caught up deeply in what psychoanalysis calls transference: the redirection of existing feelings and desires towards a new object. The truth always finds a way to survive its denial.
Călin Peter Netzer: Born in Petroșani, Romania in 1975, his family emigrated to Germany in 1983 and he grew up there. After finishing school he returned to Romania and from 1994 to 1999 studied film directing in Bucharest. After realising a series of short films, he made his feature film debut in 2003 with Maria. His family drama Poziția Copilului (Child’s Pose) won the Golden Bear at the 63rd Berlinale in 2013.
Filmography (selection): 1994 Mingea de cârpă (Rag Ball); short film 1995 Ochi uscați (Dry Eyes); short film · Advertising Spot 1996 Hot Line; short film 1997 Maria; short film 1998 Zăpada mieilor (The Snow of the Lambs); short film 2003 Maria 2009 Medalia de onoare (Ehrenmedaille) 2012 Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose) 2016 Ana, mon amour
My take: Begoña and I went last week to see Ana, Mon Amour. A film that in a nutshell have seemed to me too theatrical, dull and pretentious in my view. It also has some pornographic scenes, entirely meaningless, and in bad taste. The film is poorly shot and the story is badly told. I’ve lost the appetite to going to the cinema for a while. Fortunately. I have some interesting TV series in the weeks ahead to watch.
Line of Duty is a BBC police procedural television series created by Jed Mercurio starring Martin Compston and Vicky McClure as Steve Arnott and Kate Fleming; detectives assigned to an elite anti-corruption unit designated AC-12. The stories follow investigations into suspected corrupt police officers, at the behest of Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar). They are Lennie James as DCI Tony Gates, Keeley Hawes as DI Lindsay Denton, Daniel Mays as Sergeant Danny Waldron and Thandie Newton as DCI Roseanne Huntley. Numerous characters appear outside of their initial arcs, including Hawes’ reprisal of her second series’ role during series 3, and Craig Parkinson’s reprisal of his first series’ role during both series 2 and 3. To date, 23 episodes have aired, with the first and fourth series linked thematically, and the second and third series similarly connected: however, all series have a single overarching connection, with all series referring to the same criminal network involved in the events of each series’ plot.
The first series of Line of Duty – consisting of five episodes – premiered on 26 June 2012. The series follows DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintedent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) as they lead an investigation into the corrupt actions of DCI Tony Gates (Lennie James).
The second series of Line of Duty – consisting of six episodes – premiered on 12 February 2014. The series follows DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintedent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) as they lead an investigation into the corrupt actions of DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes). Series two received even better reviews than its predecessor, despite lower viewing figures, and was ranked the best television drama of 2014 by The Observer.
The third series of Line of Duty – consisting of six episodes – premiered on 24 March 2016. The series follows DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintedent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) as they lead an investigation into the corrupt actions of Sergeant Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays). The storyline featured in this series is a direct continuation of the second series’ plot.
The fourth series of Line of Duty began broadcasting on 26 March 2017 on BBC One The fourth series consists of six episodes. The series follows DS Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) as they lead an investigation into the corrupt actions of DCI Roseanne Huntley (Thandie Newton). This series’ storyline is linked thematically to that of series 1.
To date, there are two more episodes at various stages of production.
At this stage I’m halfway through the series and I wouldn’t like to exaggerate saying that it is one of the best crime shows I’ve seen on TV.. What I particularly like of this series is that it treats the audience as adults and it refuses to accept an easy resolution in each episode. It is probably true that the viewer may be left expecting to find out more, although this is something that rarely happens in the real world. Maybe my reading pace is going to slow down a bit, but I’m very much enjoying this show. Great stuff.
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