Venice 2019: The King review

★★★☆☆ The story of Henry V gets a revisionist, Netflix-backed interpretation from Animal Kingdom director David Michôd as a floppy-haired Timothée Chalamet goes boldly into the breach once more in Venice out-of-competition offering The King. “All hail the king,” proclaim the posters dotted around the Lido for Michôd’s latest. It’s Continue Reading

Venice 2019: The Truth review

★★★☆☆ This year’s Venice Film Festival launched with The Truth, a very French comedy from Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda, his first non-Japanese picture. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an ageing star of French cinema. Her self-aggrandizing memoirs have just been published and her screenwriter daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche), along with Continue Reading

Edinburgh 2019: Synonyms review

★★★★☆ Golden Bear-winning cultural assimilation drama Synonyms is expertly handled by its director Nadav Lapid. That of relocating, whether it be by city, country or even school, is an unsettling experience most can relate to, though it’s heightened – and duplicated – for that of lead character Yoav (Tom Mercier). Continue Reading