Antarctica

Antarctica – Raindance 2020 Review

Antarctica wears its influences on its sleeve. It's hard not to spot the tropes present in other recent coming of age films: the "girls gone bad" anarchy of Booksmart, the fraught mother-daughter relationship...
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Yes, God, Yes – Review

There is hardly a niche in the market for comedies about teens having a hard time in high school – Netflix pretty much has that side of the film industry covered. We know the drill: rumours fly and spread...
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All the Bright Places – Review

There is an odd, comforting sort of familiarity to coming-of-age films, with their busy high-school corridors filled with jocks and geeks, and those impossibly elaborate house parties. Though we do get a...
GoodBoys

Good Boys – Review

Based on its trailer, you might expect Good Boys to be an embarrassment of sex jokes pushed upon kids too inexperienced to make them funny. While there is the occasional misfire, Lee Eisenberg and Gene...
Winter Flies

Winter Flies – LFF 2018 Review

As the cold air sets in, the flies that refuse to die off are the most annoying – and the most persistent. Olmo Omerzu’s coming-of-age gem dwells on these flies, and his characters’ mix of irritation and...
Unremember

Unremember – Venice 2018 Review

Flavia Castro is the writer, director, editor and producer of Unremember, shown in the Orizzonti strand of the Venice Biennale. With so many recent Latin American films confronting the resurgence of the past,...
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Blockers – Review

As an ensemble piece, Blockers has a lot to juggle - it’s basically two three-handers colliding as the parents and children both fall into their own prom night misadventures, but the film also has to make...
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Closet Monster – LFF Review

Despite Closet Monster dealing with a ‘standard-fare’ topic – teenage angst and sexuality – it manages to prevent itself from seeming derivative.  Unafraid to reveal the still-lurking nastier...