Day 4: 22 March 2020 – Happy Mothers’ Day
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) – A classic to kick us off today, with Errol Flynn in tights and the thumping Korngold score. It’s camp and balletic and very old-school (directed by Michael Curtiz, before he did Casablanca) but I love it and I think your kids can get used to its pace and theatrical style – and there are some wonderfully swashbuckling fight sequences, including the very famous one with Flynn and Basil Rathbone shadow fencing on the circular staircase.
Son of Rambow (2007) 12 – I’ve been looking for this film for ages and found it on Rakuten TV, which is very easy to sign up to. Well worth it for this British gem of childhood friendship, starring Will Poulter and Bill Milner, both now big stars. Very charming, and very funny in parts, for both kids and adults who remember being kids, particularly if that was in the 80s, and you had a French exchange. The debut movie, too, for director Garth Jennings who went on to make the animation Sing, it’s inventive and cheeky and hasn’t been seen by enough people.
Force Majeure (2014) 15 – Some of you will have had to cancel family ski trips over this, so I thought I’d programme Swedish director – and former ski video maker – Ruben Ostlund’s superb dissection of a family skiing holiday, which will make you glad you never went. It’s bitterly funny and brilliantly, icily, observed – both about skiing and about family relationships. It won the Un Certain Regard Jury prize at Cannes in 2014. It’s a bit of test for a Mothers’ Day film, I suppose, so I hope your family situation is strong enough to survive the central conundrum here, posed as an avalanche hurtles towards you… one of the greatest shots in world cinema of the last decade.
Plus, you can still see the film for free on Channel 4, for the next 10 days at least: