March 2016

Gleebooks Bookshop - Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Far From Men: $32.95
Albert Camus’s short story The Guest has been brilliantly adapted for the big screen in Far from Men starring Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb. At the outbreak of the French/Algerian war school teacher Daru (Mortensen), a second generation Spanish Algerian, gets saddled with the task of taking an Arab prisoner—Mohamed (Kateb)—to the authorities in Tinguit. Along the way the pair encounter Algerian freedom fighters, French soldiers, Arab tribesmen and the stunning landscapes of the Algerian high country. As their journey becomes more and more perilous the two men must confront political and cultural differences in order to survive. Beautiful cinematography, a hauntingly atmospheric soundtrack by Australians Warren Ellis and Nick Cave, and a tight script brilliantly acted make Far from Men one of the best films of recent years. Highly recommended!

The Honourable Woman: $39.95
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Stephen Rea star in the thrilling BBC spy drama The Honourable Woman. As a young girl Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal) witnessed the assassination of her father by the PLO. Now in her late thirties, Nessa is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process, devoting the considerable resources of her father’s telecommunications business to improve relations between Israel and Palestine. But when she awards a lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman who is subsequently murdered Nessa comes under the close scrutiny of Whitehall and MI5. In a web of intrigue extending from London to Washington to Jerusalem and the West Bank nothing is what it seems and nobody—colleagues, family, or friends—can be trusted!

The Bridge Season 3: $59.95 Region 2
TV’s favourite dysfunctional detective Saga Norén is back in the third, and arguably best, series of The Bridge. A macabre multiple murder in an abandoned warehouse in Stockholm is the first in a series of elaborately staged killings that confound the Swedish and Danish police. As the body count mounts a bewildering number of suspects are drawn into the investigation including a corporate raider with a passion for modern art, a deranged undertaker, a self-help guru with a dark secret, and a teenage couple heavily indebted to a ruthless crime boss. And to further complicate things for our heroine, Saga’s new police partner is a cocaine addict who sees ghosts, and her estranged mother is casting doubts within the police force about her daughter’s mental state. Full of unexpected twists and turns, The Bridge Series 3 is a breathtaking nine hours of television that will keep you guessing to the very end.

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