ParallelMothers

Parallel Mothers – Venice 2021 Review

Parallel Mothers is a twisting tale of two single mothers, Janis (Penélope Cruz) and Ana (Milena Smit), whose fates become entwined. Where some films could survive on just an affair, or just an unexpected...
Human Voice

The Human Voice – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2020 as part of our London Film Festival coverage. You could say a film about isolation, in 2020, is timely. But for all the many beats they have in common,...
Pain And Glory

Pain and Glory – Review

It’s easy to throw a film like Pain and Glory into all sorts of boxes – boxes marked ‘self-portrait’, ‘self-indulgent’ and ‘love letter to cinema’ – but that would be to cheapen a beguiling...

Ma Ma – Review

This deeply unfashionable weepie about the final-year dramas of a terminally ill woman would seem a remove from the usual signature of its maverick Basque director, Julio Medem. More commonly associated with...
Julieta

Julieta – Cannes 2016 Review

About as Almodóvarian as it gets, this adaptation of a trio of Alice Munro stories brings every facet of the Spanish auteur's unmistakeable heightened and melodramatic style. The formula that constitutes...

Wild Tales – Review

“The undeniable pleasure of losing control.” Damián Szifron’s brief description of the underlying ethos behind Wild Tales’ irrefutable catharsis perfectly demonstrates the mellifluous nature of his...