Notturno

Notturno – LFF 2020 Review

In one of the first scenes of Notturno we see a distraught mother mourning her lost son. She is stood wailing in a largely barren room, reliving his torture, reigniting her own pain. Her cries bounce off the...
Favolacce

Bad Tales – LFF 2020 Review

Through several sinister vignettes, Bad Tales (originally titled Favolacce) covers the usual traumas of childhood: feeling inadequate about grades, awful canteen cooking, the terror of teenage pregnancy. In a...
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Carmilla – Review

This film was previously reviewed in June 2019 as part of our Edinburgh Film Festival coverage. Inspired by a pre-Dracula vampire novella, Emily Harris’ Gothic thriller plays fast and loose with its plot...
After Love

After Love – LFF 2020 Review

Writer-director Aleem Khan’s feature debut focuses on Mary (Joanna Scanlan), a woman who discovers that her husband has a secret life just days after his sudden and unexpected death. She stares across the...
Soul

Soul – LFF 2020 Review

With his lifelong dream close enough to taste, jazz musician Joe (Jamie Foxx) suddenly finds himself moving towards the gates of Heaven. Following an accident, the man’s body lies in a hospital bed while his...
Limbo

Limbo – LFF 2020 Review

Writer-director Ben Sharrock has made something very special with Limbo. In this film about a group of displaced refugees awaiting asylum on an anonymous Hebridean island, he manages to deliver humour,...
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The Intruder – LFF 2020 Review

There is something really eerie about watching someone perform a voice-over. Inés is a voice actor who is first seen, mid-session, dubbing a porn film. Listening to the emotions coming from Inés’ voice, in...
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Ultraviolence – LFF 2020 Review

In 2001, director Ken Fero released Injustice, a documentary examining the killings of Black people in police custody in the UK. Ten years in the making, Ultraviolence is Fero’s emphatic and essential...
One Man And His Shoes

One Man and His Shoes – LFF 2020 Review

It’s unfortunate for director Yemi Bamiro that his documentary One Man and His Shoes comes out in the same year as ESPN’s superb doc series The Last Dance. Both deal with Michael Jordan’s basketball...
If It Were Love

If It Were Love – LFF 2020 Review

If It Were Love is a hypnotic illustration of life, art and how the two fold into one another. The documentary follows 15 young dancers rehearsing and performing a movement piece. The performances is an ode to...