New on Amazon Prime Video UK: March 2017
Tickled, Paterson, They Live, Song of the Sea and Hand of God among March highlights on Amazon
A documentary about competitive tickling sounds like a laugh riot, but prepared to be unnerved by Australian journalist David Farrier's disturbing journey to meet the person behind this so-called sport in Tickled (28 Mar). This stranger-than-fiction film is part chilling character study and part detective story that reveals sad truths about the wealth divide in America and disgusting abuse of power by the privileged.
Adam Driver stars as a bus driver and poet named Paterson, who lives in Paterson, New Jersey in Jim Jarmusch's precisely crafted ode to poetry, Paterson (25 Mar). Over the course of one week, the viewer is thrust into Paterson and his girlfriend Laura's (Golshifteh Farahani) daily routine. The couple couldn't be more different but find much to love about one another. Jarmusch revels in the humour and beauty of their pairing and that of the everyday.
Enchanting Oscar nominated animation Song of the Sea (9 Mar) tells the haunting story of a young Irish girl who takes the form of a selkie or seal-person. It follows the young girl and her brother on a magical voyage and sensitively examines grief after the death of a parent. Also worth watching on the subject of childhood and death is directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagno's return to animation after A Cat in Paris, Phantom Boy (21 Mar). A young boy receiving treatment in hospital is unable to leave his bed but thanks to the power of imagination he turns into a superhero who flies over New York solving crime.
Also of note in film is Oliver Hirschbiegel's 13 Minutes (23 Mar) which tells the true story of George Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1939 and John Carpenter's anti-consumerist cult classic They Live (1 Mar) which sees the late Rowdy Roddy Piper take part in an exquisite fist fight scene that runs for over five minutes long.
In terms of Amazon originals the highlight has to be Ron Perlman's cracked quest for justice at any means after a breakdown in the second and final season of Hand of God (13 Mar).
Full March lineup after these trailers...