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Venice 2022: Saint Omer review

★★★★★ Documentary filmmaker Alice Diop’s (We, La Permanence) first narrative feature Saint Omer is a major achievement and an investigation into motherhood, judgment and the other. It also has to be one of the favourites for a prize at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, where it screened in competition.

Venice 2022: The Son review

★★★★☆ “Love is not enough,” is the advice given to the parents in French playwright Florian Zeller’s sophomore feature film The Son, which closes the diptych begun by The Father. It is wise advice and goes against so much that we instinctively feel about parenting and childcare. All we need is love, surely? Unconditional love.

Venice 2022: The Whale review

★★★★☆ Darren Aronofsky has made a career out of exploring individuals who are physically and psychologically self-destructing in the thrones of obsession. It almost doesn’t matter what that obsession is. It could be the relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle; building a boat to avoid a genocidal flood; ballet or wrestling.

Venice 2022: White Noise review

★★★★★ “All plots tend to move deathward. This is the nature of plots.” we are told early on in Noah Baumbach’s new film White Noise. Not since Alvy Singer bought Annie Hall all those books about death has there been such a funny and richly intelligent investigation of the particularly American anxiety about death.