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  • Ma Belle, My Beauty

  • Hope

  • Blue Bayou

    ★★★½

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  • Titane

    Titane

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Now, I wouldn’t do this film justice without mentioning the queer lens that can be (and arguably, should be) viewed through when watching this film. On the surface it’s a stylish horror film of a car who impregnates a woman, but under its surface lies major themes of the fluidity of gender and sexuality. Though with the role of sexuality being a bit more implicit than explicit. For example, are the firefighters supposed to be gay in the film? They…

  • Ma Belle, My Beauty

    Ma Belle, My Beauty

    MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY was one of my top highlights at Sundance earlier this year. The feature directorial debut of Marion Hill is a sumptuous, alluring and sensual film that is all about longing: longing for connection, longing for artistic expression, longing what for what used to be. Trying to enter the past, thinking that what you are looking for is in the rear-view mirror, is a losing situation, as the three main characters, who once were a 'throuple,' discover.…

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  • Hope

    Hope

    On paper, one would think HOPE was just a run-of-the-mill terminal cancer tearjerker. On the contrary, Maria Sødahl has crafted a beautiful, heartfelt and bittersweet film about family, partnerships and mutual responsibility. Hovig and Skarsgård are brilliant. Yes, HOPE is a tearjerker, but it avoids all the usual clichés (no shade intended at Nicholas Sparks fans).

    HOPE is absolutely beautiful. When the credits rolled, the applause was long-lasting and well deserved. It’s a hell of a movie, and is a perfect addition to screen as part of HIFF SELECTS.

  • Blue Bayou

    Blue Bayou

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Review by HIFF Education Intern, Connor Torres - A work of art (film in this instance) can be broken up into two intersecting concepts: form and content. While content is the subject of the artwork, form deals with the different ways the artist utilizes their respective tools (camera work, costumes and set designs, or editing for example) to create the meaning of the art. When both form and content get the attention they deserve, and work together in an effective…