Open Season (Jagdzeit)

Open Season (Jagdzeit) Switzerland (2020) Dir. Sabine Boss “Humanism has always been old fashioned” You’ve heard all the sayings:  “There’s no room for sentiment in business”, “To succeed in business you have to ruthless”, etc. and it seems to be true. For every decent person trying to thrive, there are a dozen opportunists ready to … Continue reading Open Season (Jagdzeit)

Blue My Mind

Blue My Mind Switzerland (2017) Dir. Lisa Brühlmann Being a teenager is hard. Adults don’t understand you and you don’t understand them, and other teens are quite of little help to you either. The worst part is the sense of belonging which becomes compromised the older you get for the above reasons. But what if … Continue reading Blue My Mind

Foxtrot

Foxtrot Israel/Germany/France/Switzerland (2017) Dir. Samuel Maoz War is the cause of much hurt and not always visible either. The mental anguish suffered by those in the midst of battle or at home left to wonder how their loved ones are doing is immeasurable and can’t be calculated or normalised in any way. Everyone reacts differently … Continue reading Foxtrot

My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette) Switzerland/France (2016) Dir. Claude Barras Aside from the surreal French/Belgian A Town Called Panic and some segments in The ABCs Of Death horror anthologies, I can’t recall seeing a stop-motion animation film that covers adult issues in such an unapologetically frank manner. This doesn’t exclude younger … Continue reading My Life As A Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

Aloys

Aloys Switzerland (2016) Dir. Tobias Nölle Probably not the best way to start a review but, I cannot lie - I didn’t have a clue what was going on most of the time in this film. Aloys, the second film from Swiss newcomer Tobias Nölle, is a psychological reality bending drama dealing with grief and … Continue reading Aloys

Swiss Miss

Swiss Miss US (1938) Dir. John G. Blystone One of the later efforts Laurel and Hardy made with Hal Roach, Swiss Miss proved to be something of a watershed moment for the boys and their relationship with the man who produced many of their greatest films. While creative tension can often produce great art this … Continue reading Swiss Miss

Roberto Succo

Roberto Succo France (2001) Dir. Cédric Kahn For some people, being number one is lifelong ambition, be it in the pop charts, a sports league, in the  film box office rankings and so on. Being Public Enemy Number One may not be a desired goal for some, but when attained it is lot harder to … Continue reading Roberto Succo

Sister (L’enfant d’en haut)

  Sister (L'enfant d'en haut) France/Switzerland (2012) Dir. Ursula Meier Twelve year-old Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) and his older sister Lousie (Léa Seydoux) live in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort. With Louise unable to keep a job and sending more time sleeping around it is up to Simon to be the … Continue reading Sister (L’enfant d’en haut)