Casting

Casting – LFF 2017 Review

Without a doubt Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is a masterpiece. In this new and unexpected German comedy (yes, another one!), a group of filmmakers inexplicably decide they...
9 Fingers

9 Fingers – LFF 2017 Review

Punk filmmaker F.J. Ossang, whose previous titles include Docteur Chance, Dharma Guns and the intriguingly titled Treasure of Bitch Islands, returns to the silver screen with 9 Fingers, an impressionistic and...
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Filmworker – LFF 2017 Review

Leon Vitali does not refer to himself as Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant, but an unspecific, self-effacing "filmworker" instead. And that’s half the problem: Vitali’s absence from our general...
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A Fantastic Woman – LFF 2017 Review

A Fantastic Woman arrives at the London Film Festival with a lot of prestige behind it. Sebastian Lelio’s film won the Silver Lion at Berlin after rave reviews, and boasts both Pablo Larraín and Maren Ade...
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Bobbi Jene – LFF 2017 Review

Lind’s documentary follows the pivotal stages in the life of talented and transgressive contemporary dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she enters her thirties. While Lind seeks to chronicle the major...
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Stronger – LFF 2017 Review

It's a strange cinematic coincidence, but the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings have proved fertile ground for two excellent recent films – first with Peter Berg’s nail-biting Patriots Day, and now with the...
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Cargo – LFF 2017 Review

The unexpected death of their father leaves the lives of three brothers spinning inexorably out of control in Gilles Courier’s taut Scandinavian drama Cargo. William (Sebastien Dewaele), on the run from...
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Brigsby Bear – LFF 2017 Review

Debut director Dave McCary and SNL co-star Kyle Mooney have teamed up for Brigsby Bear, a videophile flick that is ripe for laughs although slightly self-congratulating. Abducted at a young age and raised...
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Araby – LFF 2017 Review

"There’s no prettier sight than looking back on a town you left behind." Beautifully melancholic, the song that plays over the title sequence to João Dumans and Affonso Uchôa’s latest is consumed by...
Aubrey Plaza

Ingrid Goes West – LFF 2017 Review

Taking some of those slightly stalkerish tendencies that we all give into every now and then (yeah, I know every outfit you wore on your holiday to Mallorca last month, Becky) to the extreme, Ingrid (Aubrey...
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Makala – LFF 2017 Review

In Swahili, 'makala' means 'charcoal'. Emmanuel Gras’ observational documentary follows Kabwita Kasongo as he journeys fifty kilometres across seemingly endless Congolese dirt tracks to hawk his wears in the...
Cakemaker

The Cakemaker – LFF 2017 Review

The Cakemaker, the latest offering from Israeli director Grazier, tackles the difficult subject of bereavement through the story of a man and woman both grieving the death of the same lover. Oren is married to...
Loveless

Loveless – LFF 2017 Review

Apocalypses loom large in the world of Loveless, from the impending implosion of a family that gives the film its story to its setting in October 2012, with the Mayan calendar predicting the world’s end in...
Gemini

Gemini – LFF 2017 Review

Marketed as millennial mumble-noir, Aaron Katz’ new feature is an all-encompassing funny and sexy mystery thriller that sadly fails to deliver much from any of these categories. The film’s recognisable...