Film Reviews

And Breathe Normally A moving story that showcases the need for openness and hospitality in our increasingly constricted world. Openness
The Heiresses (Las Herederas) A delicate and reserved portrait of later-life transformation. Transformation
What Will People Say A riveting drama about the toxic energy that fundamentalists can unleash on those they want to control. Justice
Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) A symbol-filled fable fixated on innocence, holiness, and inhumanity. X-The Mystery
Burning (Beoning) An ambiguous morality tale about love, loss, class, and jealousy. Yearning
Museo (Museum) An unconventional heist film with humor, heart, and smarts to spare. Yearning
I Am Not a Witch An assured and surreal interrogation of misogyny and superstition. Transformation
The Cakemaker A subtle, unexpected love story steeped in pain. Love
Memoir of War (La Douleur) An emotionally intelligent French film about a woman dealing with the losses of wartime. Love
The Swan (Svanurinn) A sober-minded and intense girl in Iceland deals with epiphanies about adults and nature. Transformation
First They Killed My Father A deeply human study of the Cambodian genocide and the brave survival of one little girl. Attention
The Nile Hilton Incident An anatomy of a Cairo crime investigation clouded by corruption. Shadow
The Woman Who Left An intense morality tale about the resilience of a good-hearted woman. Compassion
Afterimage An intense biopicture about a Polish avant-garde painter persecuted by the Communist government. Shadow
All These Sleepless Nights A documentary drama of the night-time quests for pleasure via booze and drugs of a twenty-something pair in Warsaw, Poland. Shadow
In the Forest of Siberia A French film about a burnt-out man who spends some prime time in the wilderness of Siberia seeking the insights of solitude. Meaning
Journey to Greenland The cross-cultural journey of two long-time friends visiting one of their fathers in a remote Inuit village. Openness
Right Here, Right Now A French film that excoriates a firm that specializes in mergers and takeovers and reveals the toxic nature of secrets. Shadow
The Stopover A look into the emotional fireworks that emerge when a band of stressed out soldiers from Afghanistan arrive for some R & R in Cyprus. Meaning
The Together Project A French/Icelandic romantic comedy about love, swimming pools, and the yearning to be rescued. Love
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