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  • Vivarium


    "While the boy certainly displays some odd, extremely irritant behaviours that are all his own, he is also a keen mimic, parroting the utterances and mannerisms of his “parents” with uncanny accuracy. Likewise the suburban microcosm in Finnegan’s film offers an imitation of modern middle-class life, or at least an unnervingly stale parody of it. For here, as Gemma gets caught in an endless rinse cycle of housework and drudgery, her increasingly estranged, aggressive and ailing partner finds a renewed…

  • System Crasher

    System Crasher

    "as System Crasher plays the prepubescent Benni’s out-of-control ebullience off against Micha’s more mature self-restraint, we are left to wonder what it will take for the foul-mouthed antiheroine to make this transition – and what else she might have to lose along the way."
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  • They Look Like People

    They Look Like People

    "...down in the basement the film's dual status as indie buddy movie and psychological horror converges into one. This climactic sequence, unbearably tense but also profoundly moving, takes friendship to its outer limits, while presenting the most alarming aspects of mental illness in the most sympathetic of lights."
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  • Li'l Quinquin

    Li'l Quinquin

    First published by Little White Lies

    "Let's roll!" declares bungling, twitching Commandant Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost), of the National Police, as he and his partner Lieutenant Carpentier (Philippe Jore) investigate the grisly discovery of human remains inside a dead cow laid out in an old, barely accessible war bunker. Yet with ever more corpses emerging, the mobility implicit in Van der Weyden's catchphrase contrasts with Carpentier's habit of making seven-point turns or driving in circles. This undynamic duo, much…