A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story – Review

After the success of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013), David Lowery reunites Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara in a time-travelling, existential yarn about the dislocation of grief. Questioning why we become...
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The Death of Louis XIV – Review

That the UK release of Albert Serra’s period feature almost coincides with the July 14 Bastille Day celebrations, during which revolutionaries exhumed the remnants of Louis XIV’s corpse, could be...
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Okja – EIFF 2017 Review

Pigs make for effective publicity stunts. While filmmakers, artists and activists have purposely exploited the porcine for its political worth, some politicians have found themselves at the centre of a media...
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Song to Song – EIFF 2017 Review

Song to Song is both very similar and very different to Terrence Malick’s small but precious early filmography. Touring musicians BV (Ryan Gosling) and Faye (Rooney Mara) are identifiable as Bill and...
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My Pure Land – EIFF 2017 Review

It is only at the end of Sarmad Masud’s My Pure Land that we discover the film is based on the true story of Nazo Dharejo, a woman confronted with the armed robbers attempting to invade her land. The story...
Sami Blood

Sami Blood – EIFF 2017 Review

Appearing on screen above its English translation, the Swedish title of Amanda Kernell’s debut feature Sameblod might provoke some interesting thoughts in the minds of its English-speaking audiences. A film...
Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope – EIFF 2017 Review

In this council estate-set psychological thriller, Toby Jones must confront his Oedipal complex after a date that goes badly wrong. During the title sequence, Carl looks through the kaleidoscope he was...
Daphne

Daphne – EIFF 2017 Review

There shouldn’t be so much to like about this film. A pitiable misanthrope, Daphne is a hedonistic thirty-something just about getting away with still passing for a twenty-something. Navigating its way...
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Newton – EIFF 2017 Review

Jungle-set political satire from Amit V. Masurkar picks on the Indian electoral process as the butt of its 104-minute-long joke. Much like politics, Newton is a comedy in which two ridiculous male egos make...
Godspeed

Godspeed – EIFF 2017 Review

Dangerously straddling multiple genres, Godspeed is a comedy crime caper and unlikely-friendship road movie that struggles to decidedly define itself as anything other than confused. With genre-bending beloved...
Bitch

Bitch – Sundance London 2017 Review

In her fourth feature Marianna Palka (known for Good Dick) absurdly illustrates how, by just being in relation to her adulterous husband, society will inevitably judge the behaviour of the woman scorned as...