Film reviews and more

Day: 12 September 2015

Venice 2015: ‘From Afar’ wins Golden Lion

The red carpet has been walked upon, the Spritz has been supped and the lion has roared. This year’s Golden Lion selection is yet another surprise choice, the perfectly serviceable but by no means extraordinary Venezuelan-set drama From Afar, which […]

Venice 2015: ‘From Afar’ review

★★★☆☆ Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion at Venice this year, Lorenzo Vigas’ debut film From Afar (2015) is a tightly controlled tale of quiet desperation and alienation set in present day Venezuela. Armando (Pablo Larraín muse Alfredo Castro) is […]

Toronto 2015: ‘Mountain’ review

★★☆☆☆ The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem makes for an endlessly striking location in Yaelle Kayam’s delicately constructed Mountain (2015). The oldest active Jewish cemetery in the world, it proved fertile soil for Kayam’s imagination as she transposed the essence […]

Toronto 2015: ‘The Kind Words’ review

★★☆☆☆ During the Q & A session which followed the international première of Shemi Zarhin’s The Kind Words (2015) on the opening night of this year’s Toronto Film Festival, the Israeli director was asked how he struck a balance between […]

Venice 2015: ‘Remember’ review

★★★☆☆ When it comes to the Holocaust, remembering is a serious matter: a moral imperative in fact. However, as the years pass, living memory inevitably diminishes with the death of the survivors, witnesses and the perpetrators. That which must not […]

Venice 2015: ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ review

★★★☆☆ This has been the year of the tragic music star documentary. Brett Morgen’s Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) might have underwhelmed but Asif Kapadia’s Amy (2015), which premièred at Cannes, was a powerful demonstration of how the form could […]

Venice 2015: ‘Go With Me’ review

★☆☆☆☆ Daniel Alfredson’s appallingly bland backwoods drama Go With Me (2015) stars Anthony Hopkins as ex-logger Lester, who comes to the aid of harassed waitress Lillian (Julia Stiles). While Lester spends his evenings making garden ornaments in memory of his […]

Venice 2015: ‘For Your Love’ review

★★☆☆☆ Following a Malickian break between films – his debut Round the Moons Between Earth and Sea was released in 1997 – Giuseppe M. Gaudino tells with For Your Love (2015), the final entry to compete for the Golden Lion […]