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The Cave of Forgotten Dreams
FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 14+
Running Time: 95 mins
Year Produced: 2010
Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Werner Herzog, Dominique Baffier, Jean Clottes, Jean-Michel Geneste
Since the earliest-known cave paintings were discovered in the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc in southern France, the cave has been off-limits to the public.
Legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog was given exclusive permission to shoot inside, however, and he uses 3D technology to take us all along with him.
Famed for his films about eccentrics and impossible dreamers, Herzog has a unique take on the art and the ancient people who made it – but he also leaves plenty of space for you to draw your own conclusions.
Even though this is classified as U, we recommend it for mainly teens upwards.
Like this? Try: Encounters At The End Of The World, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Powaqqatsi, The End of the Line, One Million Years BC
FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 11+
Running Time: 114 mins
Year Produced: 2011
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Cast: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Donald Sutherland, Tahar Rahim
Marcus Flavius Aquila, a young Roman Centurion, has distinguished himself in battle, but his heroics have left him injured and unable to fight.
Determined to restore his family name, he sets off into unconquered British territory to recover the lost military standard – “The Eagle” – that belonged to his father’s legion.
He’s accompanied by a young slave, Esca, who is indebted to him after Marcus saved his life. But when the tables are turned and the pair are no longer on Roman-friendly soil, will Esca stay true to his word?
A tale of friendship, loyalty and honour, this classic adventure is based on Rosemary Sutcliff’s best-loved 1954 novel.
Like this? Try: The Last King Of Scotland, Spartacus, Alexander The Great, Gladiator, Ben Hur
A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures in 3D
FILMCLUB recommended age Rating: 5+
Running Time: 85 mins
Year Produced: 2010
Director: Ben Stassen
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, John Hurt
Sammy the turtle is undertaking an extraordinary 50-year journey. He attempts the epic task that all turtles face – surviving the dangerous oceans in a bid to one day return to the very beach he was born upon.
But it’s not just sea-going predators that threaten Sammy’s life in this cute animated adventure. Pollution, discarded plastic and oil spills all damage the once calm environment and set back Sammy’s own romantic mission – to find the beautiful Shelly, the childhood sweetheart he became separated from at sea.
This is a visually rich and jolly 3D Belgian animation tempered by an important environmental message.
Like this? Try: Finding Nemo, FernGully, The Bear, Arctic Tale, The Water Babies
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