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Drive My Car – NYFF 2021 Review

Inspired by author Haruki Murakami’s short story of the same title, writer-director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Cannes Best Screenplay winner Drive My Car is an avant-garde metatextual curation interweaving...
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Flee – LFF 2021 Review

There may be rest now - Amin is an accomplished academic, living with his partner Kasper in Copenhagen, settled with a cat and looking at houses - but director Jonas Poher Rasmussen knows that there is more...
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Memoria – LFF 2021 Review

Expat florist Jessica wakes to the sudden sound of a mysterious boom. She hears it again walking down the streets of Bogotá, and again having a short rest after visiting her sister Karen in hospital - a...
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7 Days – LFF 2021 Review

Will the COVID-19 pandemic ever end? Not if cinema has its way. For reasons that are bemusing at best, the film and television industry seems determined to preserve the misery of the last 18 months in...
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Belfast – LFF 2021 Review

The glinting silver off the Titanic Quarters, the sweeping green of Cave Hill, the bouncing yellow of the Harland & Wolff cranes steadily roll onto the screen, like a high budget Northern Irish tourist...
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Never Gonna Snow Again – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2020 as part of our LFF coverage. For a comedy-drama that hovers between life and death, Never Gonna Snow Again is achingly beautiful. Szumowska and Engerlt...
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The Velvet Underground – Review

Almost fifty years since The Velvet Underground went their separate ways, their legacy only grows. Now understood as pivotal in pushing the boundaries of music at the time, Todd Haynes’ documentary tells the...
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The Last Duel – Review

This film was previously reviewed in September 2021 as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage. The Last Duel, Ridley Scott’s latest men-with-swords epic, is a medieval courtly tale for the #MeToo...
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Queen of Glory – LFF 2021 Review

PhD candidate Sarah (Mensah) sees her young adult life opening up before her. She’s successful in academia - a place she has forged her own path away from her Ghanian, and very Christian, immigrant family....
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The Odd-Job Men – LFF 2021 Review

Absurdity and verisimilitude underpin Neus Ballús’ slice of life comedy following three repairmen on a week of assignments across Barcelona. These run the gamut from mundane to just strange enough to be...
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Mass – LFF 2021 Review

As soon as Richard and Linda arrive at a small middle American church, it is painfully obvious that neither they nor the couple they are meeting (Jay and Gail, who have circled the block a few times) will find...
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The Programme – Review

With prison reform and abolition hot - and necessary - topics today, Antony Spina’s short film imagines a coldly efficient worst case scenario. As the United States prison system reaches capacity, an...
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Sad Little Boy – Review

Misery loves company, and this adage holds true in art. While sometimes there is catharsis to be found in a good tragedy, sometimes exploring the ways something or someone can go terribly, irrevocably wrong -...