Movie Review – On Body And Soul (Teströl és lélekröl)

On Body And Soul (Teströl és lélekröl) Hungary (2017) Dir. Ildikó Enyedi In dreams I walk with you In dreams I talk to you In dreams you're mine all of the time We're together in dreams Yup, that’s about the extent of my love life but imagine if dream lovers really did exist. Would that … Continue reading Movie Review – On Body And Soul (Teströl és lélekröl)

Movie Review – A Paris Education (Mes provinciales)

A Paris Education (Mes provinciales) France (2018) Dir. Jean-Paul Civeyrac Is it possible for a film to be so Meta that it becomes the very thing it might or might not be allegorically critiquing and/or celebrating, losing all sense of its own identity in the process, yet still very much an incisive and independently minded … Continue reading Movie Review – A Paris Education (Mes provinciales)

A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur)

A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) Iceland (2019) Dir. Hlynur Palmason One of the worst things for a grieving person is to discover their partner had a secret life in the wake of their passing. There are many different ways of processing this news and moving forward, anger more than likely to be a … Continue reading A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur)

Pili

Pili UK/Tanzania (2017) Dir. Leanne Welham The term “First world problems” is thrown about a lot as an ironic admission of our inherent comfort compared others living under less fortunate circumstances. Yet, how much do we know the struggles in third world countries, where even the smallest things we take for granted are out of … Continue reading Pili

The Woman Who Ran (Domangchin yeoja)

The Woman Who Ran (Domangchin yeoja) Korea (2020) Dir. Hong Sang-soo Spoiler: there are no running women in this film, but they do talk a lot; and eat a lot too, but mostly talk. It’s a Hong Sang-soo film, what do you expect? Anyway, the more pressing question is what exactly is the woman is … Continue reading The Woman Who Ran (Domangchin yeoja)

I Am REN (Jestem REN)

I Am REN (Jestem REN) Poland (2020) Dir. Piotr Ryczko  Not everyone is directly responsible for their actions. Mental illness has a habit of making us behave against character, the struggle extending beyond us to our families too. Pin pointing the exact root of the problem isn’t always easy - trauma can lead to loss … Continue reading I Am REN (Jestem REN)

Ju Dou

Ju Dou China (1990) Dirs. Zhang Yimou & Yang Fengliang We reap what we sow. If you kick a dog long enough it will bite you back. You deserve to be bitten. Once the tables are turned, the dog must learn it to stop biting. Humility and a change in attitude is required by both … Continue reading Ju Dou

Fugue (Fuga)

Fugue (Fuga) Poland (2018) Dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska Memories are important to us all. To lose them is tragic but an unfortunate inevitability as we get older, or suffer temporary memory loss caused by an accident or trauma. But might there be a situation where being free of bad memories is a positive? One morning in … Continue reading Fugue (Fuga)

The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáče)

The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáče) Czech Republic (2019) Dir. Václav Marhoul Survival is something we all have to do in our lives in one way or another, but are forced to some start earlier than others; war, for example, being a prominent cause for this. The fortunate ones will get help when they need it … Continue reading The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáče)

Alanis

Alanis Argentina (2017) Dir. Anahí Berneri It’s known as the World’s Oldest Profession, yet it is one that is least likely to see those who work in it high on people’s esteem list. Regardless of whether you considered them near the bottom of society’s scale, they are still human beings and surely should be able … Continue reading Alanis