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Dan Carrier’s movie news: The Meyerowitz Stories; The Forgiven

12 October, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories

WITH hindsight, it feels obvious. Why wouldn’t you cast Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, pictured, as the children of Dustin Hoffman? Director Noah Baumbach has done that in The Meyerowitz Stories. A series of vignettes stem from a get-together for a New York family whose patriarch Harold (Hoffman) has cast a long shadow over the lives of his offspring. Brothers Danny and Matthew (Sadler and Stiller) are chalk and cheese – one a successful accountant, the other unemployed with a failed marriage behind him. Dad is an artist – and it creates a platform for comedic set-tos.

• THE London Film Festival is heading towards its conclusion this weekend, but there are still plenty of great films to catch. The Forgiven, a South African film directed by Roland Joffé, has caught my eye as it feels like it links to the great lawyer/writer/activist Albie Sach’s incredible book, The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter. Sachs wrote of truth and reconciliation in the post-apartheid era with such clarity and gentleness. This film features Forest Whitaker as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Eric Bana as Piet Blomfeld, a state-employed killer with secrets to share. It asks the same types of questions Sachs did. It considers how we can forgive past crimes: set in 1996, Tutu visits Blomfeld in prison after promising to find out for one family whose relative was murdered by the State what happened to them. A powerful and important topic, it is screened this weekend at the BFI Southbank. See whatson.bfi.org.uk

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