Niagara Gazette — “The Railway Man.” recounts the abusive beatings some of the British soldiers received at the hands of their captors and the harrowing memories of harsh torture that haunted Lomax as he aged. It is Patti’s belief that a visit to the site of the prison camp will help her husband come to terms with what torments him. What we discover is heartfelt and emotional, but not without intense anger.
Its strong personal dramatics aside, the movie also offers large-scale scenes of war and its aftermath, and also of life in rural England. Along with Firth and Kidman, the entire cast is very good, including Jeremy Irvine as young Eric, Stellan Skarsgard as one of the former signal corps soldiers, and Tanroh Ishida and Hiroyuki Sanada as two key Japanese characters.
“The Railway Man” is about the tragedy of war and the struggle for redemption. This is a serious, deliberate, and quietly powerful motion picture.
"Finding Vivian Maier” is a compelling film about a shy, secretive, and mysterious woman, who was born in New York City, grew up in France, and lived most of her life in Chicago working as a nanny.
Vivian Maier was the daughter of Maria Jaussaud, who was French, and Charles Maier, who was from Austria. Maier moved between the United States and France many times during her childhood, living with her mother in the Alpine village of Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, which is near Grenoble.
She was a collector of many things. In fact, she was a borderline hoarder. Her current fame has resulted from the photographs she took of people and places, photos no one knew about until a young man named John Maloof, also an avid collector, bought a sealed trunk at an auction filled with 100,000 negatives of Maier’s astonishing images. He was stunned by what he discovered.