VIFF has written 4 reviews for films with no rating.

  • Hope

    Hope

    The spirit of Ingmar Bergman animates this intense, finely calibrated psychological drama. Anja (Andrea Bræin Hovig) lives with an older man, 59-year-old Tomas (Stellan Skarsgård), and a handful of kids from his previous marriage, as well as their own. Christmas is approaching, and it’s a year since Anja emerged from a run-in with cancer. But she’s suffering from headaches and losing her vision. Tests confirm the worst: a brain tumor that’s operable, but ultimately not something she will survive. The…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    Elaborating on a short story by Haruki Murakami, Ryūsuke Hamaguchi (Asako I & II) invites us to consider the anguish of a widower never entirely sure of his wife’s love. Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is a leading theatre actor-director. Early in the story, he returns home unexpectedly to discover his wife having sex with a young movie actor, Takatsuki, but he leaves unobserved and never confronts her about it. And then it’s too late. Two years later, Kafuku is directing a stage…

  • Dear Comrades!

    Dear Comrades!

    Lyuda (Julia Vysotskaya) is a mid-level Communist Party official in the industrial town of Novocherkassk, western Russia. The year is 1962, and food shortages, price hikes and wage cuts are fuelling unrest, but Lyuda remains a staunch believer - even if she’s not above accepting the under the counter benefits that come with her position. But when the local factory goes out on strike, the authorities send in the Red Army and the KGB. In the ensuing chaos dozens of…

  • Annette

    Annette

    The new film from Holy Motors director Leos Carax is a rock opera scripted by Sparks siblings, Ron and Russell Mael (with music and songs by the band). Adam Driver plays a ferocious and provocative stand-up comedian, Henry McHenry, opposite Marion Cotillard as his wife, Anne, a world famous soprano. Their union - which is intensely physical and subject to much tabloid scrutiny - is eventually blessed with a daughter, Annette, who is herself gifted with an extraordinary talent. Yet…