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...
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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...
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...
Genuspan

Genus Pan – LFF 2020 Review

Lav Díaz is a master in finding beauty in the organic poetry of slowness. From the 625 minutes of 2006’s Evolution Of A Filipino Family to the mere 80 of 2011’s Elegy to the Visitor From the Revolution,...
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200 Meters – LFF 2020 Review

Mustafa (Ali Suliman) lives in the West Bank while his wife and children live in Israel. In order to see them, he must slowly make his way through a very intimidating border check. It is the only path through...
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Shadow Country – LFF 2020 Review

A small village in Czechoslovakia has had its nationality swapped numerous times. Its position near a contentious border means it has belonged to several countries; the one thing that remains constant is its...
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I Am Samuel – LFF 2020 Review

“Alex is the love of my life… we belong together.” What appears to be a sweet and earnest declaration of love from Samuel, the subject of Peter Murimi’s vital documentary, swiftly becomes a defiant...
Honeymood

Honeymood – LFF 2020 Review

Two newlyweds arrive in their shiny hotel suite, exhausted but ecstatic, surrounded by gifts and luxury. Eleanor (Avigail Harari) discovers a hidden wedding gift in her husband Noam’s (Ran Danker) pocket and...
The Disciples

The Disciple – LFF 2020 Review

Early on in Chaitanaye Tamhane’s The Disciple, someone declares that Indian classical music is “an eternal quest.” Our protagonist, Sharad (Aditya Modak), is on this quest, both wrestling with and...
Fanny Lye

Fanny Lye Deliver’d – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2019 as part of our London Film Festival coverage. A period drama not focused on the landed gentry is a welcome change. Fanny Lye Deliver’d focuses on its...