Read the text and do the task. Match the film reviews to the appropriate comment from ‘Is it worth catching?’ Write the appropriate letter next to the review. There are more comments than reviews.
French Roast (out of four) / Country of Origin: France / Director: Fabrice O. Jubert
Plot: A business man sips coffee sitting at the window in a café and realizes he forgot his wallet. He stalls for time by ordering more and more coffee. The cups pile up while a homeless man begs and a nun sits down, her purse tantalizingly close.

Granny Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty / Country of Origin: Ireland / Directors: Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
Plot: A granny tells the story of Sleeping Beauty. She begins in a traditional way but gets increasingly irate about the village’s dismissal of the old fairy “who lost her muscle tone and smelled of bedsheets.”

Logorama / Country of Origin: France / Director: Francois Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain
Plot: Michelin Men cops are after the ultra­sinister­looking Ronald McDonald.
A Matter of Loaf and Death / Country of Origin: England / Director: Nic Park
Plot: Oscar winner and claymation maven Nic Park can do no wrong when it comes to short films, Top Bun International Bakery.

Instead of Abracadabra / Country of Origin: Sweden / Director: Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellstrom
Plot: A geeky guy lives at home with his parents, intent on being a professional magician when he grows up.
Kavi / Country of Origin: India and the USA / Director: Gregg Helvey
Plot: Kavi is a poor but savvy little boy who yearns to go to school and play cricket like other boys he sees near the kiln where he works with his parents. He realizes he must either accept his fate or fight for a better life.

Miracle fish / Country of Origin: Australia / Director: Gregg Helvey, Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
Plot: A somber tale of an 8­year­old boy who is bullied by his classmates. He falls asleep wishing everyone in the world would go away, and later finds himself in an empty school.
The New Tenants / Country of Origin: Denmark and the USA / Director: Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson
Plot: A couple moves into a new apartment with a creepy history and are “welcomed” by a succession of visitors including a garrulous old woman, a jealous husband and other strangers.
A misanthropic farce with plenty of attitude, sharp writing, strange twists, several vivid characters and even a bit of romance.
A strange but compelling snippet that could use some fleshing out. Still, it’s an intriguing portrait of childhood resilience and the dreams coming true.
C  Contemporary commercial culture is scewered, but the story gets a bit ridiculous and frenetic. Still, chase scenes involving the main character in this visual dazzling comedy are something altogether new.
You bet! They both are as endearing as ever, and you have to love a film that utters the line: “A curse on them and their loathsome confections!”
E  Slight but whimsical. The juxtaposition of the cozy bedroom and the elderly storyteller’s colorful visions and rising temper makes for a cute, if not hilariously funny, film.
F  Well worth seeing. The film is powerful, sad and well­acted, with echoes of Slumdog Millionaire. It ends with a startling and troubling statistic about the number of enslaved workers world­wide.
G  Ridiculously cheap monster short film clearly inspired by Snakes on a Plane that forgets the tongue­in­cheek attitude and comes out as painfully impoverished on all fronts.
H  The fable­like style and setting is reminiscent of Lars and the Real Girl, but its mannered eccentricity feels a bit like Napoleon Dynamite. An accomplished comedy that alternates broad gag­humor with a tale of personal growth.
Comme ci, comme ça. Stylishly animated but slight story. A clever visual device involving a mirror behind the seated man offers a distinctive perspective from which to watch the action unfold.

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