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  • God's Own Country

    God's Own Country

    ★★★★

    Yorkshire!

    Hella good and so assured as a debut too. It's such a quiet film, where the biggest and most powerful moments happen in silence. Makes a nice compliment to The Levelling in its themes of personal ambition, resentment and acceptance; cast to a background of rural family farm lifestyle.

    Don't remember much of Josh O'Connor from Hide & Seek, another EIFF selection from a few years ago, although he's clearly crafting a specialism in showing his junk on screen. To…

  • Berlin Syndrome

    Berlin Syndrome

    ★★★★

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

    Genuinely heart-racing at times with a great lead performance. Does a good job of pacing out the moments of hope and building tension. But while its more thrilling moments enthrall, its purported psychological elements are somewhat lacking; it's not quite Repulsion in that regard. Andi is thankfully given some character dimensions, although his actual reasoning for committing this crime on an ongoing basis is never really addressed.

    And I'm struggling to comprehend the logistics and rationale behind the ending sequence…

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  • My King

    My King

    ★★★★

    Never seen a movie so symbolised in its leading man; Cassel continually charms his way back into his marriage after every negligence and dysfunction and destruction and indiscretion (when he stops attempting, the film concludes), and this My King charms its way back into my warm embrace after every little concern I have about it.

    The chemistry between Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot is magnetic to watch. Bercot is an absolute delight. Overlong and undeniably repetitive, but isn't that what life is?

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    Overwhelmed by its surprising brilliance - it's message is so timely resonant. It has such patience with its storytelling and unwraps things so smoothly and unexpectedly. Presents the value of the epic in the macro and micro of contexts. Gripping, arresting, intelligent, ambitious, masterful.