Seventeen (Siebzehn)

Seventeen (Siebzehn) Austria (2017) Dir. Monja Art “Why must I be a teenager in love?” If you were around in 1959 you’ll recall Marty Wilde (or Dion if you’re American) singing the above lament to countless kids in the same situation. The title of Seventeen is also a rather festive giveaway regarding what to expect … Continue reading Seventeen (Siebzehn)

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Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben)

Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) Spain (2018) Dir. Asghar Farhadi “Everybody” is a word that, of late, has been overused by many people trying to justify their own opinions, becoming more of a nebulous exaggeration than a useful pronoun. Usually the problem is when everybody does know that is when dramas arise, especially in a … Continue reading Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben)

Nina

Nina Poland (2018) Dir. Olga Chajdas There are many moral dilemmas in life born from acts of altruism and generosity at their purest, fraught with many frustrating complications that are frankly inevitable. Chief among them would be the act of surrogacy, a noble deed blighted by the complexities of human emotion. For teacher Nina (Julia … Continue reading Nina

The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung)

The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) Switzerland (2017) Dir. Petra Volpe It’s sad to see inequality for women is still an issue in the 21st century. Whether driven by religion or sheer pig headedness, one would hope we’d have advanced since the dark old days that saw the need for suffragist movements, one of the … Continue reading The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung)

Locas y Atrapadas (Crazy And Trapped)

Locas y Atrapadas (Crazy And Trapped) Dominican Republic (2014) Dir. Alfonso Rodríguez Men are such pigs right? Everything that is wrong with the world is down to men. That’s not my opinion, but that of every single woman on this planet - at least according to this film from the Dominican Republic, written and directed … Continue reading Locas y Atrapadas (Crazy And Trapped)

Second Spring (Seconda primavera)

Second Spring (Seconda primavera) Italy (2016) Dir. Francesco Calogero For many people, having children is a priority in a marriage, largely through the tradition of keeping a family lineage going into the foreseeable future, but it has also known to cause some problems. Whether a successful career might be compromised or the baby was unplanned, … Continue reading Second Spring (Seconda primavera)

November

November Estonia (2017) Dir. Rainer Sarnet There must be something in the water in Eastern Europe as many of THE weirdest films come from this region. Throwing their hat into the ring is Estonia - making their first appearance on this site - with a film framed within its own unique folklore, so if you … Continue reading November