Capernaum

Capernaum – LFF 2018 Review

Capernaum was an ancient city in what is now northern Israel on the sea of Galilee, thought to be the setting for a string of Jesus’ miraculous feats of healing. No such easy fixes come for those who...
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Donbass – LFF 2018 Review

Truth is a fickle concept at the best of times, but during a war sponsored by one of the world’s greatest purveyors of Fake News, the very notions of facts and rationality go flying out the window. This is...
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Touch Me Not – LFF 2018 Review

A fair few films have used the narrative trick of blurring reality and fiction, but almost none of them have done it as confusingly and pointlessly as Touch Me Not. A perverse and neurotic study of intimacy,...
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Out of Blue – LFF 2018 Review

"We are all stardust" is the shiny, pseudo-metaphysical mantra of Carol Morley's Out of Blue, a phrase rendered meaningless when tacked onto this crime drama. The cosmos, dark matter, stardust, and parallel...
Life Itself

Life Itself – LFF 2018 review

You know the dude in Starbucks, the one with the thick-rimmed glasses, chequered shirt and a macchiato who’s forever working on his screenplay? Well, Life Itself is that very screenplay, and somehow it’s...
Maya

Maya – LFF 2018 review

Returned to the world after four months under ISIS captivity, war reporter Gabriel (Roman Kolinka) comes back to Paris a man transformed and ill at ease with the haunting familiarities and the discomfiting...
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Dogman – LFF 2018 Review

An easy way to raise a film’s stakes is to put an infant or pet in harm's way. What impresses most in Matteo Garrone’s Dogman is that it manages to take the crown of 2018’s most stressful film while...
Irene's Ghost

Irene’s Ghost – LFF 2018 review

Most of us have relatives we hardly remember – an aunt, cousin or grandparent dead before we were born or when we were too young to form lasting memories. And although an impression is made, their memory...
Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy – LFF 2018 review

Journalist David Sheff and his son Nic exist on opposite ends of a spectrum; at once, they balance out a complete picture while repelling and aggravating each other in equal measure. Belgian director Felix...
Border

Border (Gräns) – LFF 2018 Review

Ali Abbasi’s Border is a strange breed of film, much like its protagonist, Tina (Eva Melander) – a border control officer with a bizarre ability to smell illegal activity. Abbasi reimagines a short story...