Ulrich Seidl, Austria 2012. German with English subtitles. 120 mins
Theresa, divorced and in her fifties, goes on a holiday of a lifetime to Kenya. Blue skies, golden sands, and perhaps the opportunity for a holiday romance with one of the young African beach boys.
But this isn’t a heartwarming ‘Shirley Valentine’ tale. It’s a ruthless, blackly comic gaze at how (sex) tourism operates – who wins, who loses, who is lying and who is exploited. We watched this at the ICA earlier in the year, and were glued to our seats. Brilliant, fascinating, funny and bleak. Perfect for a Wednesday at the Amersham Arms, then.
“Margarete Tiesel gives an extraordinary performance, letting down her defences to pinpoint an acute middle-aged anxiety about the need for love in the face of physical decline.” INDEPENDENT
“A witty if psychologically pitiless test of our unspoken presumptions about age, race, class and gender… calmly inviting us to ask ourselves why we want to look away from the screen when we do.” TIME OUT
“A very incisive film and much more subtle and sad than it initially appears.” LITTLE WHITE LIES
Where: Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, New Cross SE14 6TY
When: 7.30pm Wednesday 2 October 2013
Tickets: £5 (£3 members) on the door