Zalava – Film Review | TIFF ’21

While investigating a town with a shared belief in demonic possession, military sergeant Massoud’s (Navid Pourfaraj) beliefs are challenged by the zealous exorcist, Amardan (Pouria Rahimi Sam). Demonic possession films are fairly commonplace in the world of horror and thrillers. Many of them as derivative as the next. More often than not, this type of …

Reflection (Vidblysk) – Film Review | Venice 2021

Serhiy (Roman Lutskyi), a Ukrainian surgeon captured by Russian soldiers at the beginning of the Russo-Ukrainian war, is subjected to witnessing the inhumane treatments of fellow Ukrainian captives while serving as medic for the Russian military. Upon release, Serhiy must put together the pieces of his now shattered life and learn how to cope with …

Promises (Les Promesses) – Film Review | Venice 2021

Clémence (Isabelle Huppert) is a soon to be retired mayor of a small, French town outside of Paris. Together with her Chief of Staff, Yazid (Reda Kateb), Clémence is faced with the choice of becoming a Minister in Paris or following the path already set out in front of her. Despite its seemingly uninteresting plot, …

Plan A – Film Review

What would you do? Picking up at the end of World War ll, Plan A follows Max (August Diehl), a survivor of the Holocaust wandering aimlessly searching for his wife and son. Through a series of random encounters, Max arrives in the care of Jewish Ally soldier, Michael (Michael Aloni). Presented with the option to …

Django & Django – Sergio Corbucci Unchained – Film Review | Venice 2021

Guided along by the narration of Quentin Tarantino, Django & Django explores Sergio Corbucci’s robust volume of work within the Italian Western sub-genre. Using his own work as an introductory framework, Tarantino introduces Corbucci, his more famous works, and the details that lead to their creation. While solid in its delivery of the information, Django …

Dusk Stone (Piedra Noche) – Film Review | Venice 2021

A year after the mysterious disappearance of their son, Greta (Mara Bestelli) and Bruno (Marcelo Subiotto) have resigned to selling their home in a rural coast town and leaving the past behind them. Joining them in preparation for the move is Greta’s childhood friend, Sina (Maricel Álvarez), an outsider from the city. Sina is the …

Ainbo: Spirit of the Amazon – Film Review

Ainbo (voiced by Lola Raie), a young orphan living in the deep parts of the Amazon, yearns to find her calling as a warrior in order to save her village from an unknown “curse”. Joined by two spirit guides – Dillo and Vaca (voiced by Dino Andrade and Joe Hernandez respectively) – Ainbo sets off …

The Ice Road – Film Review

Mike McCann (Liam Neeson), a weathered big-rig driver, answers the emergency call of the Canadian government to deliver vital drilling equipment that will save a group of trapped miners in the Canadian far north. Together with his “brother” Gurty (Marcus Thomas), rebellious Tantoo (Amber Midthunder), crew leader Jim (Laurence Fishburne), and insurance actuary Tom (Benjamin …

La Traviata, My Brothers and I – Film Review | Cannes

My Brothers and I beautifully explores the intricacies of what it means to be a family, growing up too soon, and learning to find yourself despite what others have planned for you. Director and screenplay writer Yohan Manca crafts a rich tale of the young Nour (Maël Rouin Berrandou), youngest of four brothers, and his …

Holy Frit – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2021

Relatively unknown artist Tim Carey puts his skills to the test when he and the team at The Judson Studios partake in creating the worlds largest stained glass window. Faced with the reality that they have no idea how to achieve such a feat, they enlist in the help of the one man who does …