Film Review

Film Review

The Creator of the Jungle (2014)

In considering biographical documentaries, it is always difficult to divorce the film from its subject, to view one without being influenced by the other or to consider each solely on its own terms of merit. Just how much is the film, as product, influenced by its subject? How are our […]

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Dukhtar (2014)

In this day and age, women are still under-represented in film, especially in certain countries where women’s rights are practically non-existent.  However, the debut full-feature of Pakistani filmmaker Afia Nathaniel dares to bring women into the limelight and portraying them as an inspiration. Dukhtar (‘daughter’ in Urdu) revolves around young […]

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Casa Grande (2014)

Since 2003’s City of God, Brazilian cinema has slowly developed to become a major part of Latin American film.  Whether it is showcasing the world-famous ‘favelas’ of Rio da Janiero or the rich culture of the country, common themes such as poverty and troubled households are consistently featured and the […]

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10,000km (2014)

Portraying long-distance relationships on-screen can be a tricky business but when they are told well, they can pack an emotional punch.  With that being said, the first full-length feature from Catalan director Carlos Marques-Marcet delves into the complicated side of long-distance relationships, showing that love doesn’t necessarily conquer all. 10,000km […]

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’71 (2014)

If you ask what ‘The Troubles’ refers to, it is likely that not many people would have heard of it or know what it relates to.  But the cinematic debut from Top Boy director Yann Demange highlights this historical conflict in Northern Ireland, which lasted nearly 30 years. ’71 sees […]

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Dear White People (2014)

There is a time in everyone’s lives where they dream of being someone else.  Whether it is in looks, lifestyle or in the case of the debut full-length feature by African American filmmaker Justin Simien, their race.  A hit during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this satirical comedy explores the […]

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Wild Life (2014)

Based on a true story, Wild Life (original title: Vie Sauvage) is the latest feature by French director Cédric Kahn, who previously wrote and directed Red Lights (2004) and 2001 Cannes Festival entry Roberto Succo. Kahn tells the story of Philippe ‘Paco’ Fournier (Mathieu Kassovitz), who runs away with his […]

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Excuse My French (2014)

The perils of childhood can easily make or break someone’s life, especially as he or she venture into the scary world of full-time education.  The latest film by director Amr Salama was surprise success in the Egyptian box office and brings the classic ‘fish out of water’ tale with an […]

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LFF Dispatch #1: The Blue Room, A Blast

Like Godard’s Une Femme Mariée (1964), Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room (Le chambre bleue) begins with fragments of an unknown woman; her post-coital torso, breasts and thighs captured in a series of intimate, lover’s-eye close-ups. But these fragments are stolen from the past, quick-cut and half-remembered like a lost memory recalled while […]