The Roads Not Taken

The Roads Not Taken – Review

This film was previously reviewed in February 2020 as part of our Berlinale Film Festival coverage. The gradual loss of a person to dementia is an incredibly painful process to witness; Sally Potter draws...
Pinocchio

Pinocchio – Review

This film was previously reviewed in February 2020 as part of our Berlinale Film Festival coverage. While it may seem like Matteo Garrone is independently hopping on the recent live action Disney remakes...
Assistant

The Assistant – Review

This film was previously reviewed as part of our Berlinale Film Festival coverage in February 2020. It is still dark when Jane (Julia Garner) gets in a taxi outside her modest flat. She dozes when she can...
Who You Think I Am

Who You Think I Am – Review

This film was previously reviewed in February 2019 as part of our Berlinale Film Festival coverage. Who You Think I Am has a plot we have all seen or heard before: Claire (Juliette Binoche) is a woman in...
Charlatan

Charlatan – Berlinale 2020 Review

After last year’s Mr Jones, prolific Polish director Agnieszka Holland returns to the screen with another biographic film; for as outlandish as it may seem, the story of the ‘Oracle of Urine’ is very...
Shirley

Shirley – Berlinale 2020 Review

The incandescent Madeline’s Madeline still fresh in our memories, Josephine Decker returns to the screen with Shirley. Starkly different from her previous feature, this biographical portrait of acclaimed...
Surge

Surge – Berlinale 2020 Review

Ben Whishaw is certainly one of the finest actors of his generation, and Aneil Karia’s Surge is a film which allows him to flex his muscles unlike any other. Joseph (Whishaw) works in airport security –...
El Profugo

The Intruder – Berlinale 2020 Review

The voice is an instrument, susceptible to changes in a person's mood, or her mental constitution. Natalia Meta's The Intruder (El prófugo) introduces its protagonist's voice as a carefully honed tool for her...
Vento Seco

Dry Wind – Berlinale 2020 Review

Desire runs through this film as the titular Dry Wind (Vento Seco) does through its setting: rural mid-western Brazil, where Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo) follows his monotonous daily routine. Working at the big...
Siberia

Siberia – Berlinale 2020 Review

Abel Ferrara’s latest film blends a quintessential man vs. nature struggle and the age-old search for life’s meaning with a heavy dose of metaphysics. Siberia, however, does nothing narratively or...