AF French Film Festival 2021 Review – ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’

But is it art? After a video of his declaration of love is misinterpreted as an act of rebellion against the Syrian government, Sam Ali (Yahya Mahayni) needs to get out of the country. With the aid of his sister he flees to Lebanon to start his new life. After a year of being a …

Review – ‘Nomadland’

Houseless doesn’t mean homeless After the closure of a gypsum plant where she worked, and the death of her husband, Fern (Frances McDormand) fixes up a van and travels around the American west. She joins up with a group of like minded individuals who barter with others for basic necessities. Fern works at an Amazon …

Review – ‘It’s a Sin’

Sin is in. It’s the 1980’s in London and four young gay men from different backgrounds are about to become friends at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. Ritchie Tozer (Olly Alexander) is headed to London to study law, but after meeting Jill (Lydia West) and Ash (Nathaniel Curtis), he shifts his focus to drama. …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Minyan’

Never fall in love with a bartender. David (Samuel H. Levine) is a 16 yr old Russian Jewish immigrant in 1986 Brooklyn who has just lost his grandmother. His old world parents want him to follow in their footsteps, but after too much vodka and some stolen glances at his fellow man in the shower, …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Non Odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate)’

Is it morally right to not help someone if they are a bad person? Director Mauro Mancini tries to answer this question, but limps around trying to find a satisfying answer. Simone Segre (Alessandro Gassmann) is a Jewish-Italian doctor with daddy issues who allows a hit and run victim to die after discovering he’s a …

Review – ‘I Blame Society’

Hollywood ruins lives. What started as a joke casually said by a friend about her ability to commit murder, Gillian (Gillian Wallace Horvat), takes this opportunity to prove she’s a fresh, creative filmmaker and capable of murder in the same breath. Armed with a GoPro and a DSLR, Gillian documents her attempt to commit the …

Review – ‘There Is No “I” in Threesome’

What’s in your monogamish manifesto? Ollie and Zoe are getting married within the year and they are taking us on a journey of how much sex they can have with other people while they pick out the center pieces. Ollie, an Indian-German filmmaker, and Zoe, an actress from New Zealand, love each other so much …

Review – ‘Archipel’

I must give praise to the director, Félix Dufour-Laperrière, for this experimental/animated film for its use of both traditional animation and found footage mixed media. Beautiful images flow around while two disembodied voices wax philosophical in French about the physical and metaphoric trappings of land. The imagery doesn’t always coincide with what is being said …