LFF 2013: ‘Vic + Flo Saw a Bear’ review

★★★☆☆ Winner of the Silver Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, arch provocateur Denis Cote’s Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013) is a fascinating experiment in genre and narrative expectation. Elevated by sterling composition and framing, it’s a playful, intelligent work in which the formal elegance conceals its Continue Reading

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LFF 2013: ‘The Congress’ review

★★☆☆☆ The Congress (2013), Israeli director Ari Folman’s follow-up to 2008’s exquisite hybrid documentary Waltz with Bashir, certainly talks a big game. Channelling Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) as well as the stories of Philip K. Dick, it’s a hugely ambitious picture that attempts to combine industry satire with lofty Continue Reading

LFF 2013: ‘Thy Womb’ review

★★★★☆ Filipino national treasure Brillante Mendoza has arguably directed one of the most poignant and intimate films screening at this year’s 57th London Film Festival. Thy Womb (2012) follows the story of a midwife, Shaleha (Nora Aunor), who cannot have children. The film follows her and her husband Bangas An Continue Reading

LFF 2013: ‘The Spectacular Now’ review

★★★★☆ Director James Ponsoldt delivers on the promise of 2012’s Smashed with The Spectacular Now (2013), a brilliant fin-de-siècle teen film that’s soaring, heartfelt and encouragingly devoid of any unwarranted sentimentality. It’s a film that’s truthful and frank while remaining firmly within the bounds of cinematic grammar. The ace up Continue Reading