My Fiona

My Fiona – BFI Flare 2020 Review

In her feature film directorial debut, Kelly Walker frames the opening scene so that viewers realise that Jane’s (Jeanette Maus) life is about to be horrifically and irrevocably turned upside down before...
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The Truth – Review

This film was previously reviewed as part of our Glasgow Film Festival coverage in March 2020. As the truth becomes a more and more contentious issue in contemporary media, The Truth feels a throwback to a...
Lawyer

The Lawyer – BFI Flare 2020 Review

The intersection of identities, oppressions, and politics run through Romas Zabarauskas’ latest feature, which follows a Lithuanian corporate lawyer as he finds himself at personal and professional limits...
Radioactive

Radioactive – Review

Radioactive should have been a slam dunk. The life of Marie Curie is ripe for cinematic adaptation, and this one is directed by Marjane Satrapi, the French-Iranian filmmaker behind the autobiographical...
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Swallow – Review

Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ film Swallow stars Haley Bennett as Hunter, a housewife distraught by her recent pregnancy who develops pica, an eating disorder that makes her crave objects that could potentially...
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Misbehaviour – Review

Philippa Lowthorpe’s latest feature immediately roots itself in its historical moment: before its opening title Misbehaviour has cut between divorced London mother interviewing for a spot at university, a...
Bacurau

Bacurau – Review

This film was previously reviewed as part of our Munich Film Festival coverage in July 2019. Bacurau is a sprawling genre hybrid, a semi-futuristic Western with a strong political undercurrent. The...
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Calm With Horses – Review

This film was previously reviewed as part of our London Film Festival coverage in October 2019. Nick Rowland’s feature debut, based on a short story, starts with explosive, explicit violence that...
The Hunt

The Hunt – Review

It’s easy to see why The Hunt was shelved last year following a spate of mass shootings in the US. Not because it’s violent – it is, but not emphatically more so than many other films released since –...
And Then We Danced

And Then We Danced – Review

There’s a curious paradox at the heart of And Then We Danced. The traditional dancing practised at the Georgian National Ensemble in Tbilisi is built on discipline and hyper-masculinity. “There is no room...