The Harvesters (Die Stropers)

The Harvesters (Die Stropers) South Africa (2018) Dir. Etienne Kallos Blood is thicker than water, a proverb asserting the bonds of family being unbreakable, might be true but there are no guarantees we won’t be irreparably hurt by a member of our own kin. Conversely, if we take the term “family” on a more nebulous … Continue reading The Harvesters (Die Stropers)

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation) France (2017) Dir. Anne Fontaine It’s tough being yourself in a world unforgiving and prejudiced against certain groups or lifestyles that you may fit in with that don’t adhere to convention. But, what if you were given an opportunity to hide that side of you away or maybe … Continue reading Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation)

Moonlight

Moonlight US (2016) Dir. Barry Jenkins There were shocks all round at the Oscars earlier this year when this low budget drama pipped the bookies’ favourite La La Land to the Best Film Oscar - not in the least when a mistake with the envelopes saw the latter film incorrectly announced as the winner first! … Continue reading Moonlight

The Student ((M)uchenik)

The Student ((M)uchenik) Russia (2016) Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov If one is going to make film about religion then in this current, politically charged climate of egg shell treading, being openly confrontational isn’t necessarily a smart move, unless you can safely predict the audience is going to divine your intentions. Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov either didn’t … Continue reading The Student ((M)uchenik)

One Kiss (Un bacio)

One Kiss (Un bacio) Italy (2016) Dir. Ivan Cotroneo Being different means you are always going to find it hard to find in with conventional society, especially school. So, perhaps the best way to beat the bullies and those who ostracise you is to embrace your individuality to the hilt? This is the MO of … Continue reading One Kiss (Un bacio)