Movies: Sorry Angel, Ash is Purist White, Yardie

Sorry Angel

This film is set in 1993 Brittany and Paris, France.  It was a period of shock and horror when the AIDS disease was spreading rapidly outpacing medical, technical and technological services at the time.

It is also the story of the relationship that develops between two men who come together at two different points in their lives.  Ultimately, it’s a heartbreaking story about life, love, friendship, mortality and finally AIDS.

The film is beautifully filmed with an excellent core cast of a dozen French actors.  It was sometimes difficult to watch and a reminder of the horror the AIDS epidemic caused in the 1990’s.

The talented young French cast includes: Pierre Deladonchamps, Vincent Lacoste, Adele Wismes, Quentin Thebault, Denis Podalydes, Clement Metayer, Tristan Farge and Tomas Gonzales.

The film is not rated.  Its language is French with English subtitles with a run time of 2 hours, 12 minutes.  It is not suitable for children.

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Ash is Purist White

This is a most intriguing film.  It spans almost two decades in multiple locations.  It starts in 2001 and ends in Shanxi, a province in Northern China in 2018.

It is a rare look into local turf wars and brutal street fights.  There is a sobering look at the prison system and deep rooted cultural conflicts that span generations.  It’s also a fascinating look at China’s evolution over the last 20 years.

The film is a peek into a China most of the world rarely sees.  Gangsters, gamblers, hustlers, psychopaths, street gangs and con artists.  The tone of the film becomes neither nostalgic nor optimistic.

The film was written and directed by long time director Zhangke Jia.  It stars an all Chinese cast with Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi’nan Diao, Xiaogang Feng and Casper Liang.  It is listed as a Drama, Romance with a run time of 2 hours, 16 minutes.  It is not suitable for children.  Mandarin with English subtitles.

If you are looking for something different, this film is well worth a watch.

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Yardie

First released at Sundance 2018, this film was directed by Idris Elba based on the novel by the same name.  It begins in Jamaica when the lead character “D” was just a boy and witnessed his brother being shot in a drug deal.

In time D is hired to make a cocaine delivery to a British gangster boss in London.  Soon the film becomes about revenge for his brother’s death and his commitment as a drug dealer.

The cast includes Aml Ameen as D, Stephen Graham as the Boss, Naomi Ackie as Mona, Calvin Demba as Sticks, Shantol Jackson as Yvonne, Akin Gazi as Arif, Marks Smith as Raggz, Fraser James as Piper, Philips Nortey as Nico and Rayon McLean as Skeets.

It’s first set in 1970’s Kingston, Jamaica and later in 1980’s Hackney London.  The acting is believable with great visuals and plenty of reggae sound tracks.

This film is not rated.  The genre is listed as Drama/Crime with a run time of 1 hour 42 minutes.  We do not feel this film is appropriate for children.  Jamaican English with English subtitles.

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