Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: El Planeta (2021)

Comedian Joan Rivers famously declared “My daughter and I are very close, we speak every single day and I call her every day and say the same thing, “pick up, I know you’re there.”  El Planeta (2021) observes a mother-daughter relationship dynamic that might have…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021)

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania stumbled across the inspiration for her Oscar-nominated film on a trip to Le Louvre in Paris. There, she saw a retrospective dedicated to the Belgian artist, Wim Delvoye. As part of this exhibition, Tim Steiner became a living piece of…

Film Reviews, International Film, Period

REVIEW: Wife of a Spy (2021)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest directorial venture, Wife of a Spy, is a romantic period piece set in Japan during World War II. It is centered around Satoko Fukuhara (Yū Aoi), who begins to suspect that her husband Yūsaku Fukuhara (Issey Takahashi), might be a spy for…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Isabella (2021)

Saying that creating art as a job is hard in today’s world is a huge understatement. You have to have a mixture of self-belief, stubbornness and, sometimes, stupidity to work in the creative industries. That is the truth, and that is the reality that the…

Film Reviews, International Film, Sports

REVIEW: Final Set (2021)

Tennis based films have often proved mixed bags with a few exceptions including 2017’s Battle Of The Sexes and the Scarlett Johansson film Match Point. The latest film to tackle the Tennis world is the French drama Final Set (Cinquième set in French) which depicts…

Crime, Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Wildland (2021)

Denmark is typically thought of as a nation of cultured intellectuals with impeccable liberal credentials and a healthy amount of disposable cash in their bank accounts. This is not to say that Danish cinema isn’t notorious for featuring debauchery, graphic nudity and all sorts of…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Red Soil (2021)

Red Soil (2020) is one of those old-fashioned dramas about a whistleblower who is caught between the community that they grew up in and an outside world that isn’t aware of the wrongdoings that occur within the whistleblower’s segment of society. It is mounted with…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Escape from Mogadishu (2021)

Korean cinema is experiencing something of a Golden Age. The floodgates have opened and an impressive coterie of Korean filmmakers have broken through into the mainstream. Director Seung-wan Ryoo bursts onto the scene with Escape from Mogadishu, a thrillingly humanitarian tale of unity. By its…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Days (2021)

Days (2020) is a capital A arthouse film that is unafraid to wear out the patience of audience members. Its biggest defenders will argue that it is a meditation on silence and the loneliness that one feels when their days seem to go on forever…

Comedy, Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Bye Bye Morons (2021)

You couldn’t blame somebody for expressing puzzlement over the fact that Bye Bye Morons (2020), a zany, lightweight comedy, managed to win seven César Awards. Perhaps the French love their farces more than most, but it’s hard to imagine a world in which this was…