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On Chesil Beach – LFF 2017 Review

Adapted by the author of the 166-page novella it is based on, Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach offers the promise of expanding upon Ian McEwan’s source material. Unfortunately, however, there is a...
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Beach Rats – LFF 2017 Review

The kids who roam Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn are known as "beach rats". Self-medicating with a cocktail of painkillers and narcotics, they don’t lead easy lives. Eliza Hittman’s followup to her 2013 It Felt...
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Casting – LFF 2017 Review

Without a doubt Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is a masterpiece. In this new and unexpected German comedy (yes, another one!), a group of filmmakers inexplicably decide they...
9 Fingers

9 Fingers – LFF 2017 Review

Punk filmmaker F.J. Ossang, whose previous titles include Docteur Chance, Dharma Guns and the intriguingly titled Treasure of Bitch Islands, returns to the silver screen with 9 Fingers, an impressionistic and...
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Filmworker – LFF 2017 Review

Leon Vitali does not refer to himself as Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant, but an unspecific, self-effacing "filmworker" instead. And that’s half the problem: Vitali’s absence from our general...
Daphne

Daphne – 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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Bobbi Jene – LFF 2017 Review

Lind’s documentary follows the pivotal stages in the life of talented and transgressive contemporary dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she enters her thirties. While Lind seeks to chronicle the major...
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Cargo – LFF 2017 Review

The unexpected death of their father leaves the lives of three brothers spinning inexorably out of control in Gilles Courier’s taut Scandinavian drama Cargo. William (Sebastien Dewaele), on the run from...
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Brigsby Bear – LFF 2017 Review

Debut director Dave McCary and SNL co-star Kyle Mooney have teamed up for Brigsby Bear, a videophile flick that is ripe for laughs although slightly self-congratulating. Abducted at a young age and raised...
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Araby – LFF 2017 Review

"There’s no prettier sight than looking back on a town you left behind." Beautifully melancholic, the song that plays over the title sequence to João Dumans and Affonso Uchôa’s latest is consumed by...
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Makala – LFF 2017 Review

In Swahili, 'makala' means 'charcoal'. Emmanuel Gras’ observational documentary follows Kabwita Kasongo as he journeys fifty kilometres across seemingly endless Congolese dirt tracks to hawk his wears in the...
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Summer 1993 – LFF 2017 Review

Memoir cinema quite often has its pitfalls. Autobiography, and its claim to veracity, can sometimes seem self-aggrandizing or self-indulgent with its presentation of the truth running the risk of...
Gemini

Gemini – LFF 2017 Review

Marketed as millennial mumble-noir, Aaron Katz’ new feature is an all-encompassing funny and sexy mystery thriller that sadly fails to deliver much from any of these categories. The film’s recognisable...
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Ava – LFF 2017 Review

Selected for this year’s official competition is Léa Mysius’ striking debut Ava. A film about how the onset of blindness in a thirteen-year-old girl heightens the acuity of her other senses, Ava is as...
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...