Toronto 2017: Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc review

★★★☆☆ A charming, if insistently odd musical representation of Joan of Arc’s early years, Bruno Dumont’s latest offering Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc is a compelling blend of juvenile dissatisfaction and Catholic anxiety – minus the humdrum historical accuracy.Jeannette is instead a psychological portrait of the young Joan Continue Reading


Film Review: Caniba

 ★★★★★ In 1981, while in Paris, Issei Sagawa murdered and cannibalised Dutch student Reneé Hartevelt. Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s documentary about Sagawa, Caniba, is an intimate, disturbing and unique portrait of a man consumed by profoundly dark urges. Is it possible to understand the urges of a cannibal, or Continue Reading

DVD Review: Song to Song

★★☆☆☆ People in glass houses shouldn’t be in Terrence Malick films, but invariably they are and the temptation to throw bricks is becoming almost overpowering. Song to Song is the latest of a triptych of contemporary relationship melodramas from the once-reclusive auteur.As ever, famous beautiful people wander while Emmanuel Lubezki’s Continue Reading