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Ardor

in Argentinian Movies

A contemplative western set in the Amazonian jungle, Pablo Fendrik’s Ardor is a strange hybrid that might confound quite a few spectators. When the movie opens we are told that locals sometime invoke spirits from the river to come protect them. We then see a shirtless Gael Garcia Bernal (Kai) come out of the jungle, this enigmatic figure arriving just […]

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Güeros

Güeros

in Mexican Movies

A surprisingly well crafted debut feature from Mexico City director Alonso Ruizpalacios, Güeros follows three young men – 2 brothers and a friend – on a journey involving self-discovery, political consciousness and musical heritage. The film opens with a somewhat deplorable sequence where younger brother Tomás (Sebastián Aguirre) drops a water balloon from a roof on a stroller passing by. From […]

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Elvira, I’d Give You My Life, But I’m Using It

in Mexican Movies

Manolo Caro’s movie starts with a pretty simple and cruel premise: Gustavo (Carlos Bardem), a middle-aged husband and father of two, kisses his wife Elvira (Cecila Suárez) goodbye to go get cigarettes and never comes back. From there, we follow Elvira’s journey as she relentlessly looks for him, not to bring him back but rather to understand his motivations and […]

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Grace of Monaco

Grace of Monaco

in French Movies

The announcement made during the opening credits sounds like an excuse: “the film that you are about to watch is a fiction based on real facts”.  With Grace of Monaco, French filmmaker Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose) delivers his own adaptation of a true story in order to create an ambitious work and this is certainly his right. The […]

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Standing Tall

in French Movies

Malony is your typical troubled kid from Dunkirk. Frail, blond with light eyes, he skips school to steal cars and doesn’t fit the clichéd immigrant profile: we quickly understand that director Emmanuelle Bercot wants to avoid stigmatizing part of the population, Standing Tall focusing instead on those people whose jobs are to save kids. Through Malony’s 10-year learning journey, the filmmaker […]

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Tale of Tales

in Italian Movies

For his new film, the decidedly surprising filmmaker Matteo Garrone (Gomorra) revisits Neapolitan poet Giambattista Basile’s tales, showing once again he’s not averse to taking risks. Unfortunately, this time around, his ambitions fall short. When watching Tale of Tales, it becomes clear that Mr. Garrone’s intent was to shake a film genre’s foundations:  Here, the princess does not wait to […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road

in Australian Movies

Fury, dust and blood: here are 3 pillars of Mad Max: Fury Road, a film which gained cult status before its release, supported by an advertising campaign that has been building anticipation for months. Is it the post-apocalyptic masterwork we’ve been waiting for or another inflated blockbuster? The answer comes immediately, as soon as the movie opens, through a gorgeous, […]

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Saint Laurent

in French Movies

When Saint Laurent screened at the Cannes film festival last year, some critics and journalists rushed to praise Bertrand Bonello’s film, claiming it was a masterpiece. They were probably the same ones who had also applauded his previous work, House of Tolerance, before realizing later that they had missed the mark. The same thing is most likely happening with this […]

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Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

in Canadian Movies

While I have been a David Cronenberg fan since the early days – seeing Scanners’ heads explode was certainly one of the most memorable moments of my cinephile youth – I must admit that I have been pretty puzzled by his two latest movies. After taking us on a tedious – limo – ride with Cosmopolis, Mr . Cronenberg is […]

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What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows

in New Zealand Movies

Vampire movies are probably one of the most enduring subgenres, having fascinated spectators for close to a hundred years, early works such as Nosferatu (1922) and Vampyr  (1932) remaining some of the strongest incarnations to this day. These last few years, vampires have however somewhat turned into a punch line, mostly thanks to film and TV series such as Twilight, […]

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Tu Dors Nicole

Tu Dors Nicole

in Canadian Movies

For his third feature film, Québécois director Stéphane Lafleur (Continental, a Film without Guns) follows Nicole (Julianne Côté), a twenty-something spending the summer at home, with her brother, while her parents are away. Nicole seems to be sleepwalking through life, unable to emotionally connect with people and lacking any sense of responsibility. When she’s not working at a thrift store […]

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The Absent

The Absent

in Mexican Movies

Nicolás Pereda The Absent (Los Ausentes) opens with a lengthy shot of a cow chewing before panning to an old man cooking in his house. The man then gets out of the house and stands still, the whole sequence consisting in just a couple shots. This opening should give you an idea of what to expect, the only rare moments of […]

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The Homesman

The Homesman

in American Movies

With his second feature both behind and in front of the camera, the actor-turned-director Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men, Men in Black) seems to be following a path similar to Clint Eastwood’s. Mr. Jones plays George Briggs, a low-life who, after being saved from hanging must help his savior Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) transport three crazy […]

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