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  • Four Roads

  • Wildland

    ★★★★

  • My Donkey, My Lover & I

    ★★★½

  • Emptying the Tank

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  • Anaïs in Love

    Anaïs in Love

    ★★★★½

    In Henry Purcell’s 17th century opera Dido and Aeneas, a story from Virgil’s Aeneid is recounted of the lone survivor of the Trojan War fleeing his burning city with refugees, seeking to resettle and rebuild in Italy. Aeneas and his company are blown off course, and find safe harbour in Carthage, where he falls in love with the Carthaginian queen, Dido. 

    While in Virgil’s original text Aeneas departs out of a sense of duty to his people, Purcell’s opera alters the…

  • Celts

    Celts

    ★★★★★

    You just heard “I Will Eat All the Cookies” [“Kolačići”], by Marina Perazić. And now, today’s news.

    Milica Tomović joins Juho Kuosmanen this year in exploring and commemorating the unique confluence of nostalgia, loneliness, and desperation for love and connection that characterized much of post-Communist Eastern Europe in the 90s. Wrestling with the impoverished state of Serbia, the recent election if Milosević, the ongoing Yugoslav Wars, and the depressive impact these things had on many, Tomović’s feature debut is certainly…

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  • Wildland

    Wildland

    ★★★★

    The way I knew I was going to adore Sidse Babett Knudsen’s character from the first glimpse of her gold bangles… Like I know we are closing down all the golf courses, but let Sidse keep her fucking range, I beg. 

    I want to comment in particular on the type of performance she is giving for most of this film — the highly physically affectionate mama bear. I can’t remember the last time I saw an actress be this touchy…

  • My Donkey, My Lover & I

    My Donkey, My Lover & I

    ★★★½

    Tag yourself, I’m every single person in southern France rooting for Laure Calamy to ruin people’s marriages or die tragically in the attempt for my own entertainment.

    The random mystical lesbian on a beautiful black horse with a stunning mane who has the power to heal sprained ankles by hovering her magical fingers over them??? 

    Patrick!! Paaatriiiiiick! PaTriCK!! PAAATRIIIiIiiiiIIIIIIICK!!!

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    Well, if I had known ahead of time that this was written by one of the minds behind what happened to Eva Green in Penny Dreadful series three, this is exactly what I would have expected, so congrats on consistency, I guess, Krysty Wilson-Cairns..?

    I’ve seen a lot of favourable comparisons between this film and Promising Young Woman (2020), which feels more than a little lazy — the two films have completely opposing views on the impact of gendered sexual violence and the…

  • To Kill the Beast

    To Kill the Beast

    ★★★★½

    Queer South American films STAY WINNING

    Gorgeously surreal directorial debut from Agustina San Martín examining the development of a young woman’s sexuality under the specific confines of colonialist patriarchy.

    This film is so so pretty to look at, with each shot beautifully composed and lit to evoke a variety of different artistic eras. My personal favourites were the references to baroque and neo-baroque paintings for the interiors, some of which gave me literal butterflies. 

    Narratively, San Martín avoids telling her…