‘The Third Day’: Jude Law stuns in riveting psychological thriller

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Updated 19 September 2020

‘The Third Day’: Jude Law stuns in riveting psychological thriller

CHENNAI: “The Third Day,” which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now available on OSN in the Middle East, neatly slips into the psychological horror genre, but the miniseries has been created with superb subtlety. We hardly see the horror, maybe a glimpse of it, but feel it in every frame, every movement. 

Divided into three parts – “Summer,” “Autumn” and “Winter” – HBO miniseries “The Third Day” takes us along with Jude Law, who plays the role of Sam. Married with three children and out in the British woods for the day, he is near the sea when he sees a young girl, Epona (Jessie Ross), about to hang herself. Sam saves her and takes her home to her strange island, Osea, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only usable during low tide.

The people who live there are eerily strange. With phone lines dead and mobile signals down, Sam is greeted by a Mr Martin (Paddy Considine). He is unusually friendly, offering drinks on the house in his restaurant and a room for Sam to spend the night when he misses his chance to leave due to the tide. But Mrs Martin (Emily Watson) is hostile and a townsman even threatens our visitor with a gun.

It does not take us long to realize what Sam has gotten himself into on the island that is home to a population that engages in archaic, brutal faith practices. Our panic rises and what he chances upon later would send a shiver down the spine of even the most hardened TV viewer. 

Created by Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly, “The Third Day” is structured in an unusual way — unfolding in three parts, “Summer,” which is about Sam’s time on Osea, “Winter,” which follows Helen (Naomie Harris) and her two daughters visiting the same island and “Autumn,” a 12-hour live theatrical special that will be telecast.

In the first part, the one performance that really stands out is Law’s. He is brilliant, his body language and expressions conveying extreme fear, bewilderment and shock. It is a part that could very well fetch him a few trophies on the upcoming awards circuit. 


Where We Are Going Today: Magnolia Bakery

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Updated 31 October 2020

Where We Are Going Today: Magnolia Bakery

If you are in Riyadh, bored with studying at home and looking for a quiet place where you can stay for hours with guaranteed good coffee and goodies, then you will certainly enjoy Magnolia Bakery and cafe.
Magnolia is a famous chain of bakeries founded in New York City in 1996. It has a cozy European vintage style, offering a wide variety of classic American desserts.
Mention Magnolia Bakery and perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is the fresh daily baked cupcakes.
The extra-fluffy vanilla cupcakes are a treat for the eyes and tastebuds — with their simply decorated pastel colors that will take you back to childhood with the first bite and which are topped with the tastiest buttercream and sprinkles.
The cafe is also known for its signature banana pudding, a tasty mix of custard, mashed banana and cake.
The bakery is more than just an ordinary cafe experience. The interior, vibes and cake display are just like Europe’s corner cafes. As you walk in the place smells of fresh cakes, and all the delicious desserts on offer will make you feel like you are in the middle of a festival.
From classic music to the comfortable chairs, this is the perfect spot on the Riyadh Front to work from. The bakery will open its first branch in Jeddah by 2021.