Marion Cotillard in Ismael’s Ghosts

We all like films that ask questions. The weirder and more slippery the questions the better. Right? The problem comes when we’re not sure if the ques(...)

Claire Denis with Juliette Binoche, who stars in her latest film Let The Sunshine In

“When you say ‘female director’ I already want to stop this conversation!” Claire Denis almost yells. “Female director? I feel like I am an animal. I (...)

 Karl Ove Knausgaard: ‘All the great writers were meant to be sparse and minimal, like Beckett. That... completely f**ked my writing up. It didn’t suit me.’   Photograph: Simone Padovani/ Awakening/ Getty Images

I am sitting opposite Karl Ove Knausgaard, the best-selling Norwegian novelist, and he has just told me that toast – as in, lightly grilled breakfast (...)

Frontier (2016) by Michael John Whelan

Yellow Amber Grey Amber   Michael John Whelan Rua Red, Tallaght ★★★★ In terms of remoteness, the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arc(...)

“One, stay away from Class A narcotics. Two, avoid private planes. Three, love what you do. And four, if possible, don’t have a fallback plan.” This (...)

Ita Beecher and Brenda Prendeville in Moby Dick’s bar in Youghal, Co Cork, reminiscing about their experience of being extras during the 1954 filming of ‘Moby Dick’. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision.

It was the summer Elvis Presley made his radio debut singing That’s All Right. But across the Atlantic in Youghal, east Cork, it was another American,(...)

Russell Crowe in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World as Capt Jack Aubrey: based on the novel by Patrick O’Brian which gave a distinctly British slant to the clashes at sea with the French and Spanish during the Napoleonic wars

The sea and seafaring have always been an abundant source of myths, stories of adventure and discovery. The common link joining the legends, yarns (...)

Liza Klaussmann: while Tigers in Red Weather was about women trying to liberate themselves in the postwar era, her new book is more about masculinity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Picture this. A party in a clifftop villa on the French Riviera. The sun has set over the sea. The garden is lit by hurricane lamps painted – by th(...)

“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” Ulysses, James Joyce. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill
Eat your words
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  • May 15, 2014, 15:22

“I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.” Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez “And once I had recognis(...)

One of the most memorable unhinged characters in contemporary Irish fiction is Francis Brady, the troubled child narrator of Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy
Mad men and women in fiction
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  • May 2, 2014, 01:27

Reviewed by Eileen Battersby in The Irish Times this Saturday, Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto (Viking, £14.99) is a near-perfect account of a p(...)

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