Chicken for Linda! – Film Review | Cannes 2023

Linda is unfairly punished by her mother, Paulette, who will do anything to make it up to her. Even make chicken with peppers when in fact she can’t cook. Linda absolutely wants to have the chicken that her late father used to make… Most days it shouldn’t be this hard to find a chicken and …

The (Ex)perience Of Love – Film Review | Cannes 2023

Rémy and Sandra are unable to have children because they have “Syndrome of past loves”. To heal, there is only one solution: they must go back to bed with all their exes. Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni, who have previously written and directed the criminally underrated Madly in Life (La Vie Démente), once again created …

Inshallah A Boy – Film Review | Cannes 2023

Jordan’s very first film ever to premiere at Festival de Cannes, Inshallah A Boy, tells the story of Nawal (Mouna Hawa – In Between, A Gaza Weekend), a thirtysomething woman, who has recently lost her husband. Now she has to fight for her part of inheritance in order to save her daughter and home in …

Theatre of Violence – Film Review | Hot Docs 2023

Can you be an executioner and a victim at the same time? This bold question is the one Theatre of Violence tries to answer outside the obvious means of an unprecedented court case, and outsiders with their own views on the matter. Ugandan Dominic Ongwen is the first former child soldier ever to be indicted …

Pure Unknown – Film Review | Hot Docs 2023

The first documentary on my schedule for this year’s Canadian International Documentary Festival, is Italy’s Sconosciuti’s Puri, or Pure Unknown. Directors Valentina Cicogna and Mattia Colombo follow Dr. Cristina Cattaneo as she pleads for the rights of the nameless dead. Every day, numerous unidentified bodies, classified as “pure unknowns” find their way into the autopsy …

Das Lehrerzimmer (The Teachers’ Lounge) – Film Review | Berlinale 2023

When one of her students is suspected of theft, teacher Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch – The Crown, Babylon Berlin) decides to get to the bottom of the matter. Caught between her ideals and the school system, the consequences of her actions threaten to break her. With Das Lehrerzimmer, Ilker Çatak directs his most accessible film, …

Unicorn Boy – Film Review | Slamdance 2023

“You can’t expect all good with no gross.” Life in Los Angeles for artist Matt Kiel has been pretty bad lately. After the end of a relationship has left them in a rather down state and a less than calculated attempt at reconciliation went unmentioned, Matt is feeling lost and aimless. Coffee with their friend …

Slow – Film Review | Sundance 2023

Marija Kavtaradze’s second feature film, tells the story of two people falling in love in their own way. When dancer Elena (Greta Grinevičiūtė) meets sign language interpreter Dovydas (Kęstutis Cicėnas), these two very different individuals instantly connect in an unspoken manner. The invisible sparks tighten the air between them, inevitably pulling these two opposites towards …

Waterman – Film Review | Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2022

As someone who isn’t familiar with the world of surfing, this documentary about five-time Olympic medalist and Native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was a revealing and beyond inspiring viewing that defies time and legacy. Majestically narrated by Jason Momoa, the film takes us on a journey through the many highlights of Duke’s professional life. He’s …

Still Working 9 to 5 – Film Review | Doc Edge Festival 2022

“Everyone was very nervous about the movie, because it had three female leads” – Lily Tomlin In the 1970’s, 1/3 of working women were secretaries. The pay was terrible, the bosses could routinely harass and talk down to their employees and there was very little if nothing a woman could do to move up. Eventually, …