February 2005

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#Red, White And Brew

In Sideways Alexander Payne follows two emotionally retarded middle-aged men around the Californian vineyards. But how does he make us like them, asks Mark Salisbury.

#Muscular Contractions

Sex scenes are a matter of letting the actors do what they do best, says James Toback. He talks to Peter Biskind about the making of When Will I Be Loved.

Miss France

Is it talent or looks that have made Audrey Tautou France's biggest female star? Or is her innocence a welcome antidote to a deluge of media sex? Ginette Vincendeau watches A Very Long Engagement.

Divine Innocence

Catholic female adolescence is a time of nascent sexuality and spiritual desire, says Lucrecia Martel of her new film The Holy Girl. She talks to Nick James about doctors, saints, hotels and her sense of self.

An Artist Of The Floating World

In Trilogy The Weeping Meadow Theo Angelopoulos revists the themes that have informed his long career. He tells Sight & Sound about the significance of umbrellas.

The lonely centre

Max von Sydow was a lean and craggy presence as Bergman's alter ego and a string of Hollywood outsiders. And he's still available, says Geoffrey Macnab.

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: The Woodsman

The Woodsman, Nicole Kassell's study of a convicted paedophile, lets us empathise without special pleading or sensationalism. By Philip Kemp.

#A Hole in My Heart

Ryan Gilbey reviews Lukas Moodysson's latest release, a tale of amateur pornography and disjointed families.


Jamie Foxx turns in a carefully observed performance in this biopic on the life of Ray Charles.

Reviews in this issue:

  • 2046
  • Alexander
  • Blade Trinity
  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Closer
  • Creep
  • Criminal
  • The Door in the Floor
  • End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
  • G.O.R.A.
  • A Hole in My Heart
  • The Holy Girl
  • Inheritance
  • Ladder 49
  • The Last Horror Movie
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Levity
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself
  • Meet the Fockers
  • National Treasure
  • Ocean's Twelve
  • Orwell Rolls in His Grave
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Ray
  • School for Seducation
  • Sideways
  • Sleepover
  • Sword of Xanten
  • Turtles Can Fly
  • Vanity Fair
  • A Very Long Engagement
  • Wall
  • William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
  • Film of the Month: The Woodsman
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011