Make Up

Make Up UK (2019) Dir. Claire Oakley Being the outsider is always difficult, more so when you arrive in a place where the local community is tight knit. You may have the support of someone close already part of that number, but there is still everyone else to win over - just don’t end up … Continue reading Make Up

Vitalina Varela

Vitalina Varela Portugal (2019) Dir. Pedro Costa Everyone handles grief in different ways but it is fair to say the circumstances behind the cause of this grief often dictates a lot of how we react to it. Learning something about the person you are mourning that shocks you to the core is a prime example. … Continue reading Vitalina Varela

Scary Mother (Sashishi deda)

Scary Mother (Sashishi deda) Georgia (2017) Dir. Ana Urushadze Are writers misunderstood? Is their ability to create people, places, and situations that are wondrously fantastic out of thin air or to allegorise a real event or story into a piece of fiction a sign of inventive genius or a twisted psyche? And why are expressive … Continue reading Scary Mother (Sashishi deda)

Taste Of Cherry (Ta’m e guilass)

Taste Of Cherry (Ta'm e guilass) Iran (1997) Dir. Abbas Kiarostami We all have our reasons for doing something drastic, even if others disagree with them, or more to the point fail to understand. They can’t possibly know what is going on in our heads to see it makes sense to us, but on the … Continue reading Taste Of Cherry (Ta’m e guilass)

Happy Old Year

Happy Old Year Thailand (2019) Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Out of sight, out of mind. If something is likely to dredge up ill-feelings or bad memories then the best solution is to get rid of it, and fill that space with positive vibes. But, letting go isn’t always so easy and maybe these things have significance … Continue reading Happy Old Year

Beanpole (Dylda)

Beanpole (Dylda) Russia (2019) Dir. Kantemir Balagov War causes many losses both on and off the battlefield, but the sacrifices don’t end once the military conflict ceases. Reintegrating into a society rebuilding itself presents another set of struggles for those dealing with the aftermath of their experiences. In a Leningrad hospital in 1945, shortly after … Continue reading Beanpole (Dylda)

Bungalow

Bungalow Germany (2002) Dir. Ulrich Köhler It’s hard being stuck in a life where you feel you have no direction and nothing seems to provide any answers. Then you find out others seem to have the life you want, what do you do - find the same for yourself or try to take theirs instead? … Continue reading Bungalow

Rojo

Rojo Argentina (2018) Dir. Benjamín Naishtat You’ve no doubt heard the expression “A good day to bury bad news”. Mostly the province of politicians who don’t want to look totally inept or wilfully pernicious, they quietly release damning or unpopular updates during a disaster in the hope people will be too distracted to notice. Sometimes, … Continue reading Rojo

Matthias & Maxime (Matthias et Maxime)

Matthias & Maxime (Matthias et Maxime) Canada (2019) Dir. Xavier Dolan Friendships that last are really special, not that I would know. When people can remain close from childhood through to adulthood and beyond, it is a remarkable achievement. But, as we grow up and times change, there will always be something to put that … Continue reading Matthias & Maxime (Matthias et Maxime)

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse US (2019) Dir. Robert Eggers Loneliness can be a real killer, which is why “lighthouse keeper” is hardly at the top of any list of career choices, though these days they are probably computer operated. Back in the days of yore however, a human presence was a necessity and even then, it wasn’t … Continue reading The Lighthouse