Reviews of foreign films from Europe, South / Latin America, Asia and more.

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Jesús

in Chilean Movies

Using a real crime as its premise – the beating of a gay teenager in Santiago, Chile – writer/director Fernando Guzzoni’s sophomore feature delivers a stark portrait of hapless Chilean youth. An aspiring boyband performer, Jesús (Nicolás Durán) seems to symbolize a doomed Chilean generation. Lacking drive and ambition, he spends most of his energy on partying, getting drunk, high, […]

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The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis

in Argentinian Movies

Set in 1977 Buenos Aires, at a time when Argentina was under military dictatorship, The Long Night of Francisco Santis portrays one man’s haunting night as he struggles with a moral decision. A somewhat naïve husband and father, Francisco (Diego Velázquez – Wild Tales) was living a pretty unassuming life until an old-flame showed up to supposedly ask him permission […]

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The Untamed

in Mexican Movies

For his 4th feature, acclaimed Mexican director Amat Escalante (Heli, Los Bastardos) delivers his most daring film to date, creating a complex but flawed work blending Mexican and European arthouse influences. Set in Guanajuato, Mexico, The Untamed (La Region Salvage) focuses on 3 characters, Alejandra (Ruth Ramos), her husband Angel  (Jesus Meza) , her brother Fabian (Eden Villavicencio), as well […]

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Kékszakállú

in Argentinian Movies

A portrait of bored and wealthy teenage Buenos Aires girls, Argentine filmmaker Gaston Solnicki’s first feature is mostly a documentary in disguise. Somewhat based on Bela Bartok’s opera Kékszakállú (Bluebeard’s Castle) – from what I know of that story, this seems quite far-fetched though – the film follows a group of sisters and friends who don’t seem to know what […]

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Family Life

in Chilean Movies

Co-written by acclaimed Chilean novelist/poet Alejandro Zambra (Bonsái, The New Yorker) and marking the first directorial collaboration between Alicia Scherson (Turistas) and Cristián Jiménez (Bonsái) , Family Life (Vida de Familia) is a touching drama about a man trying to build a life in somebody else’s house. Leaving for France for a few months, Bruno (Cristian Carvajal) and Consuelo (Blanca […]

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The Woman Who Left

in Filipino Movies

Following a middle-aged woman trying to find her place in the world after having wrongfully spent 30 years in a jail, The Woman Who Left isn’t a movie for everybody: Clocking at 3 hours and 46 minutes, this black and work with subtitles is composed of lengthy sequences designed to capture life realistically. Loosely based on a Tolstoy premise and […]

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La Soledad

in Venezuelan Movies

The acclaimed debut from Venezuelan director Jorge Hielen Armand, La Soledad is a bare, allegoric work portraying a country in decay. Based on the filmmaker’s childhood, featuring family and friends playing themselves, the movie uses a dilapidated mansion as its central setting and, most importantly, main character. José (José Dolores López) is a young father taking care of his sick grandmother […]

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The Lure

in Polish Movies

Somewhat based on The Little Mermaid, The Lure (Córki dancingu) is a daring, surprising work that manages to turn a children’s tale into an adult horror story while preserving its innocence. Set in Poland in the 80’s and featuring several new wave influenced music performances, The Lure centers on 2 mermaids, Gold and Silver, who find a new life as […]

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Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)

in Peruvian Movies

Whatever idea you might have of Peru, Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) will probably come as a surprise, this experimental film taking us on an unexpected trip, whether it’s in terms of narrative or visuals. Set in the capital, Lima, the film follows Luz (Muki Sabogal) a teenage girl looking for new experiences who falls under the spell of a twisted […]

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The Net

The Net

in Korean Movies

For his latest feature, prolific Korean writer/director Kim Ki-duk uses a familiar premise – the border between South and North Korea as seen in his 2002 film The Coast Guard  – to underline the absurdity of a country divided in two antagonized but so similar halves. The Net follows a North Korean fisherman’s harrowing journey as he struggles to survive and […]

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