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Day: 11 October 2013

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 […]

LFF 2013: ‘The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears’ review

★★★☆☆ Giallo fans rejoiced at the news that the fading genre’s new premiere directing couple, namely Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, were returning with their sophomore feature The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (2013). As with their critically successful […]

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 […]

LFF 2013: ‘Leave to Remain’ review

★★★☆☆ Bruce Goodison’s feature debut, the good-natured Leave to Remain (2013), imbues the meticulous rigour of a documentary with the conventional methodology of a narrative drama to create an unusual deviation on the coming-of-age tale. A film about children thrust […]

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 […]

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 […]