Monster (cert 12A). Doors at 7.00pm, film at 7.30pm. – Roundhay Parochial Hall, Fitzroy Drive

Sat 21 Sep 2024 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM BST
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Welcome to Oakwood Cinema - the independent community cinema for Oakwood and Roundhay in Leeds!  Oakwood Cinema is a not-for-profit community cinema showing a film each month, with a licensed bar and snacks to make the night an enjoyable social event for all!

THE FILM

Our film for September is Monster (cert 12a).

The 2023 Japanese film, Monster, has some similarities with our recent screening Anatomy of a Fall. Like Anatomy, it deals with guilt, blame and difficult family dynamics, and it also adopts a multi-viewpoint approach with use of flashbacks. We never quite get to the bottom of the situation - and perhaps we are not supposed to.

The plot focuses on a child (Minato) who starts to behave oddly. His mother (Saori Mugino) suspects difficult issues at the school and blames his teacher (Mr. Hori), who she accuses of bullying or even abuse. Monster tackles the complexity of the issues from various perspectives, and our perception and indeed our sympathies tilt accordingly. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda allows the nuances of the story to develop, supported by a great cast and an evocative score. Monster won numerous awards in 2023 including Best Screenplay at Cannes.

In the Guardian, Peter Bradshaw described it as “a film created with a great moral intelligence and humanity.” He added: “Monster is a movie that does not render up its meanings easily in general, and its repeated motif is to replay the same events from a different viewpoint; in another type of film this might deliver the smooth and gratifying narrative click of a twist-reveal falling into place, but here it has a way of raising more questions than answers.”

(Monster is subtitled.)

Film length: 2 hours 7 minutes (plus interval)

TICKETS

Tickets are just £5 for everyone.  (We are no longer offering memberships.)

A booking fee is applied to cover the bank processing fee for purchasing online tickets.

The main doors open at 7.00pm.  The film starts at 7.30pm. (Interval drinks are available.)