The Noise of Engines – Film Review | SSIFF ’21

Being placed on leave from work, Alexandre (Robert Naylor) returns home to his quiet Canadian hometown. Soon, Alexandre becomes the center of an investigation into explicit drawings popping up around town. What stuck out to me most about The Noise of Engines is how much it seems to pay tribute to films such as Hot …

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 …

Review – ‘White Lie’

We’ve all been made aware of the various dangers that are attached to social media platforms. In films, we usually get to see the side of the ones affected by the lies and schemes of some unknown online assailant. ‘White Lie’ decides to take the risk and switches the roles on us. Katie Arneson (Kacey …

Review – ‘The Curse Of Audrey Earnshaw’

Set in an isolated settlement somewhere in North America, a community of faithful Irish families stays true to their old ways. It’s 1973, and ever since they’ve settled here about a hundred years ago, there hasn’t been a fruitful harvest and their livestock doesn’t live long enough to benefit from it. Except for one farm, …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Beans’

Based on true events, Tracey Deer’s feature debut relives the 78-day standoff between two Mohawk communities and government forces in 1990 in Quebec, seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old Mohawk girl named Beans. Most of us know Canadians are kind and loving people, but even they have a dark past that can’t be forgotten. …