SAFF 2021 Review – Toorbos

“In the end, the forest doesn’t push you out, it kicks you out.” It’s the 1930’s in the Knysna Forest of South Africa and there are groups of people who live out here, away from the modern big city. They are happy to be living on the land and as a community of their own. …

SAFF 2021 Review – Jozi Gold

Gold is dirty. Mining is the back bone of most communities. However once a mine has depleted its resources, the community is left with the fall out. In Johannesburg, South Africa, where a majority of the world’s gold is mined, many mines have been left abandoned and over time the surrounding areas have turned into …

FFFA 2021 Review – PVT CHAT

“Pleasure and self destruction…The perfect poison.” – Patick Marber Jack (Peter Vack) is an addict. Online blackjack and camgirls are his weakness. He is about to be evicted and his only source of income is also the source of his addiction. Rather than to go out into the world, Jack would rather sit at his …

FFFA 2021 Review – Bloodshot Heart

How do you mend a broken heart? Hans (Richard James Allen) is a middle aged driving instructor who still lives at home with his overbearing, Italian mother. Money is tight and they have to rent out a spare room to a young musician, Matilda (Emily David) who bares a striking resemblance to Sara, an ex …

FFFA 2021 Review – Beasts Clawing at Straws

Money is the root of all evil. Joong-man (Bae Sung-Woo) is stuck at a job he hates in order to care for his aging mother (Oscar-nominee Yuh Jung Youn) one night he discovers a bag filled with money left in a locker and a huge weight is lifted off of his shoulders. Tae-young (Jung Woo-sung) …

SBIFF 2021 – ‘Backyard Village’

Let go of anger. After the mother that abandoned her and her sister some 30 years earlier returns, renowned Icelandic chef, Brynja (Laufey Elíasdóttir) takes a break from her life by checking into a quaint little village of tiny houses to get her head back on straight. It’s in this cozy little town that she …

AF French Film Festival 2021 – ‘Love Affair(s)’ (Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait)

“Love affairs are usually strewn with obstacles and incidents” After a terrible break up, struggling novelist Maxime (Niels Schneider) takes a trip out the country to visit his cousin François (Vincent Macaigne) and his new wife Daphné (Camélia Jordana) and maybe come up with a fresh idea about what to write about. Over the course …

AF French Film Festival Review – ‘Summer of 85’ (Été 85)

François Ozon’s new film ‘Summer of 85’, an adaptation of the novel by Aidan Chambers, is a coming of age story that’s often predictable when exploring the romantic feelings of a boy suddenly crushing on his new friend, before tragedy strikes and capsizing altogether. The 80s aesthetic is incredibly endearing and well established, without ever …

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 …

AF French Film Festival 2021 – ‘Bye Bye Morons’ (Adieu les cons)

SPOILERS AHEAD! Bye Bye Morons is a French comedy-drama that morphs into an unexpected romance-drama. With it’s autumn-coloured grading, cleverly linked dialogue and successful running jokes, writer and director Albert Dupontel creates a heartwarming film that touches on themes of life, death, and love.  The film follows Suze Trappet (Virginie Efira), a 45-year-old hairdresser diagnosed with an …