Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Byline: by Guy Lodge

CALL GIRL Cert 18, 140 mins TINKER. Tailor. Soldier. Pimp. If you find yourself flashing back to Tomas Alfredson's superb John le Carre adaptation early into this sprawling, absorbing study of an underage prostitution scandal that poisoned the Swedish government in the Seventies, that's no accident. Director Mikael Marcimain worked on the second unit of the British hit, and his auspicious debut appropriates both its visual palette -- a shadowy symphony of disco-era browns -- and its cool, investigative storytelling approach. Under the witchy watch of aptly named madam Dagmar Glans (a terrific Pernilla August), 14-year-old tearaway Iris (Sofia Karemyr) is our platformheeled guide into this world of sleazy subterfuge, where even the good guys have a vampiric air about them.

BACHELORETTE Cert 15, 87 mins AS A raunchy wedding farce taking the insecure maid of honour as its subject, Leslye Headland's corrosively funny debut was always going to face comparisons to Bridesmaids. That's unfair, and not just because Headland's original play predates that 2011 hit.

Bachelorette is very much its own bitter brew, using the comic framework of a botched, coke-fuelled hen night to examine the stinging self-loathing exposed in three women by another's happiest day. Kirsten Dunst is on scorching form as the Type-A personality who can scarcely accept that her less attractive best friend (Rebel Wilson, playing it atypically straight) has beaten her to the aisle; Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan provide riotous support as her more ragged cohorts.

KUMA Cert 12A, 93 mins FIRST-TIME director Umut Dag's compelling Turkish immigrant drama is set largely in Vienna, though you wouldn't know it from the dingy interiors that house most of the action, broken up with the occasional trip to the supermarket. That's the point, however, in a story that depicts the self-seclusion of Austro-Kurdish women through the limpid eyes of a teenager plucked from her Anatolian village to be the second wife of an ageing patriarch. …

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