Review: Fire Will Come

Director: Oliver Laxe Stars: Amador Arias, Benedicta Sanchez, Elena Mar Fernández The opening of Oliver Laxe's Fire Will Come is some of the most haunting, arresting imagery I've seen in film of any form for quite some time. We're in a dimly lit forest at night. In the gloom the stark spines of the trees are … Continue reading Review: Fire Will Come

Review: If It Were Love

Director: Patric Chiha Stars: Gisèle Vienne, Kerstin Daley-Baradel, Sylvain Decloitre The relentless, propulsive rhythms of '90s rave music, out of context, are some of the most purely irritating sounds one can encounter (ever had noisy neighbours?). So guttural and invasive, violent and ceaseless. But with rave music context is everything. It's a genre that is … Continue reading Review: If It Were Love

Review: Beginning

Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili Stars: Ia Sukhitashvili, Kakha Kintsurashvili, Saba Gogichaishvil A communal space - a place of worship - lies empty. Gradually it fills with people and then, mid-sermon, it is dramatically emptied again, as Molotovs are thrown inside. The place burns and it descends into chaos. All of this happens without a cut and … Continue reading Review: Beginning

Review: Heroes Don’t Die

Director: Aude Léa Rapin Stars: Adèle Haenel, Jonathan Couziníe, Antonia Buresi There are multiple ghosts haunting Aude Léa Rapin's narrative feature debut which, on the heels of a mixed reception at Cannes in 2019, has belatedly surfaced on MUBI in the UK. A quixotic mockumentary of sorts, Heroes Don't Die begins with Joachim (Jonathan Couziníe) … Continue reading Review: Heroes Don’t Die

Review: This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

Director: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese Stars: Mary Twala, Jerry Mofokeng, Makhaola Ndebele Lesotho sits in the midst of South Africa; a landlocked island on a continent whose cinema seldom makes it to our shores. A vast area of filmmaking effectively silenced by poor distribution and widespread apathy to what it has to say. This makes any … Continue reading Review: This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

Review: The Woman Who Ran

Director: Hong Sang-soo Stars: Kim Min-hee, Song Seon-mi, Seo Young-hwa South Korean director Hong Sang-soo often feels to me like a modern day Éric Rohmer. His films are similarly small in scale, focusing on miniature comedies and dramas within small social microclimates. He's also similarly prolific, churning out multiple efforts a year sometimes. His are … Continue reading Review: The Woman Who Ran

Review: Liberté

Director: Albert Serra Stars: Iliana Zabeth, Helmut Berger, Marc Susini Consisting in the main of a furtive, debauched orgy in the moonlit French woods toward the end of Louis XVI's reign - conducted by libertines expelled from his court - Albert Serra's Liberté was largely rejected at Cannes in 2019 but has recently surfaced for … Continue reading Review: Liberté

Review: To the Ends of the Earth

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Stars: Atsuko Maeda, Ryo Kase, Adiz Rajabov Kiyoshi Kurosawa may have made a name for himself in horror (especially here in the West), but his filmography is far more diverse than one might assume, as anyone who caught the likes of Bright Future or Journey to the Shore can attest. He's a prolific and … Continue reading Review: To the Ends of the Earth

Review: The Other Lamb

Director: Małgorzata Szumowska Stars: Raffey Cassidy, Denise Gough, Michiel Huisman There are a couple of notable firsts happening in Małgorzata Szumowska's new folk-horror, which has arrived on MUBI. It marks the Polish director's English-language debut, immediately making her work more accessible to UK audiences. And, in addition, it marks the first time Raffey Cassidy has … Continue reading Review: The Other Lamb

Review: Beanpole

Director: Kantemir Balagov Stars: Viktoria Miroshnichenko, Vasilia Perelygina, Andrey Bykov A pretty young woman, Masha (Vasilia Perelygina), is fitted for a green dress with a floral pattern. She is giddy with excitement over the prospect of the thing, and in a moment of unbridled delight asks, "Can I twirl in it?" This might've been the … Continue reading Review: Beanpole

Review: The Day After I’m Gone

Director: Nimrod Eldar Stars: Menashe Noy, Zohar Meidan, Sarit Vino-Elad Methods of communication are at the heart of this handsome Israeli debut from filmmaker Nimrod Eldar. Yoram (Menashe Noy) is a 50-year-old veterinarian and recent widower who is having trouble relating to his teenage daughter Roni (Zohar Meidan). She disappears for days or comes home … Continue reading Review: The Day After I’m Gone

Review: Take Me Somewhere Nice

Director: Ena Sendijarević Stars: Sara Luna Zoric, Lazar Dragojevic, Ernad Prnjavorac Another week, another COVID-19-tainted home viewing experience. In this case the film's very name. Take Me Somewhere Nice. That sounds pretty good right now. The simple things we took for granted. Travelling. Company. A casual life. For me the title also echoes fondly with … Continue reading Review: Take Me Somewhere Nice

Review: Vitalina Varela

Director: Pedro Costa Stars: Vitalina Varela, Ventura, Manuel Tavares Almeida A new Pedro Costa film invites excitement and intimidation in those fond of world cinema and the art-house. His work can appear impenetrable, linked as it so often is with a very particular and specific cultural identity; that of Portugal's black community and its storied … Continue reading Review: Vitalina Varela

Review: Ema

Director: Pablo Larraín Stars: Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Santiago Cabrera Pablo Larraín's most well-known features of the last decade have all delved into the past and into politics, be that through the lens of activism (2012's No) or personal trauma (2016's Jackie). Now, the Chilean returns to the present for this fierce portrait of … Continue reading Review: Ema

Review: Bacurau

Directors:  Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles Stars: Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Udo Kier Both Kleber Mendonça Filho's prior films - 2012's Neighbouring Sounds and 2016's Aquarius - depicted Brazilian communities under pressure from external sources. They were subtly balanced portraits of micro-climates in touching distance from humdrum reality. Neither of these works may properly prepare you for his … Continue reading Review: Bacurau