Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (June 1-7), from The Sense of an Ending to Porto

Adaptation of Julian Barnes novella tops this week’s list of must-sees; there’s also a rare DC Extended Universe hit, an inventive biopic of Pablo Neruda, one of Anton Yelchin’s final performances, and a Swedish melodrama

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 June, 2017, 7:33am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 June, 2017, 6:52pm

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1. The Sense of an Ending

After making a name for himself with his charming debut feature The Lunchbox , Indian filmmaker Ritesh Batra all but confirms his eye for nuanced sentimentality with this adaptation of Julian Barnes’ 2011 novella, featuring an exquisite turn by Jim Broadbent as a retiree forced to reconsider his past. (Opens on June 1)

2. Wonder Woman

Following the consecutive disappointments of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad , Warner Bros finds just the lifesaving hit for the DC Extended Universe it craved in this very entertaining stand-alone outing for its female superhero. Gal Gadot’s Diana proves to be an ideal embodiment of hope and freedom. (Now showing)

3. Neruda

If you were impressed by how intelligently Pablo Larrain shaped Jackie – the Jacqueline Kennedy portrait which marked his English-language debut – don’t miss this inventive biopic on the Nobel Prize-winning poet-activist Pablo Neruda, which reunites the Chilean director with his No star, Gael Garcia Bernal. (Now showing)

4. Porto

Anton Yelchin gave one of his final performances in this romantic two-hander before he died in a freak accident in June 2016. The fragmented drama, co-starring French TV actress Lucie Lucas, is a sensual and elegiac account of a one-night stand that fizzles out but lingers in the minds over decades. (Opens on June 1)

5. A Man Called Ove

This adaptation of Swedish writer Fredrik Backman’s 2012 bestseller has also become one of the highest-grossing films in the country’s cinema history. Who wouldn’t love to see the neighbourhood curmudgeon (played by Rolf Lassgard) find his heart in a life-affirming melodrama of the highest order? (Now showing)

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