Double Bill: Mustang (15) + Ethel & Ernest (PG)
Ticket price £7.00
Mustang (15) – 6.30pm
2015 ( France | Germany | Turkey | Qatar ) ( Drama )
( Turkish with English subtitles )
STARRING:Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu
DIRECTOR: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenage sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbour passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behaviour to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption”, like mobile phones and computers, and essentially imprison the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut. A powerful portrait of female empowerment.
Ethel & Ernest (PG) – 8.30pm
2016 ( UK ) ( Animation, Drama, History )
STARRING: Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn, Luke Treadaway
DIRECTOR: Roger Mainwood
The Snowman creator Raymond Briggs paid fond tribute to his parents in the graphic novel Ethel & Ernest. It is almost 20 years since that was published and it has now been made into a full-length animated feature with the cosy feel of flicking through an old family photo album. When they meet in 1928, Ethel (voiced by Brenda Blethyn) is a ladies’ maid and Ernest (Jim Broadbent) is to become a hardworking milkman. A date at the pictures is the start of a fine romance.
Over the next 40 years their very ordinary lives see them witness remarkable events from wartime bombings to the landing on the moon, the arrival of new-fangled devices such as televisions and the arrival of the baby son who will grow up to be Raymond. Down the decades Ethel is the one with aspirations to ascend the social ladder, while Ernest grafts away to ensure they have a beautiful home with all the modern amenities his modest wage can buy.
The result is a genteel, nostalgic remembrance of bygone days that is as warm and welcome as a nice cup of tea.