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Christopher Machell

SXSW 2022: Raquel 1:1 review

★★★☆☆ How do we balance modern faith with the often unsavoury legacies of religion, and how are those legacies used to excuse immoral behaviour in the present? Filmmaker Mariana Bastos gestures at these questions in her second feature (her first as solo director), a compelling magical realist drama.

Film Review: Olga

★★★★☆ French-born director Elie Grappe’s film about an exiled Ukrainian gymnast originally premiered last year, but in response to the war in Ukraine, it is seeing a new release across 200 UK cinemas from Friday March 18 with all proceeds going to assist Ukraine via the Disaster Emergency Committee.