The Girl Without Hands (France – 2016) – Short Review

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Sébastien Laudenbach’s The Girl Without Hands (La fille Sans Mains),  his first feature after a string of highly promising shorts, is a hand-painted animated jewel of a film in glorious 2D. The story of a young woman, collateral victim of her father’s pact with the Devil, challenging the darkness of the world with her purity of mind and body.

Freely adapted from European folk tales (once collected by Brothers Grimm), The Girl Without Hands is mainly the results of Continue reading

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Fantasia 2017: A Ghost Story

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Do it simple, Do it Right. And with A Ghost Story, in which a recently deceased soul comes back to haunt the house he shared as a living, it is exactly what writer-director David Lowery does, while re-uniting again with the Rooney Mara & Casey Affleck duet (after 2013’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).

Lowery took the gamble to introduce a ghost character simply dressed with the white cloth of our childhood, from these days when we looked under the bed and in the closet. And it works because we relate.

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It Comes at Night (USA – 2017) – Short Review

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It Comes at Night is Trey Edward Shults’ second feature starring Joel Edgerton (Black mass, Midnight special) Carmen Ejogo (Selma, Alien: Covenant) and Christopher Abbott (A most violent year, James White)

A world threat, coming under the form of a virulent disease, forces a family to isolate itself under a set of rules. The sudden arrival of another family seeking refuge puts their domestic order and empathy to test.

It Comes at Night is your behind closed doors – let-them-come-I’m ready- minimalist take on the end of civilization. It shares the pessimistic views on the subject of pictures like Time of the Wolf (2003), The Road (2009) Take Shelter (2011) and countless others. It pretty much covers known territories to film buffs of the 21st century, basically making honest and efficient use of what looks like a shoestring budget. Yet it is not totally successful in Continue reading

White Girl (Us – 2016)

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Moviegoers love to be shocked by legitimate onscreen steaming violent sex and Elizabeth wood”s White Girl, who made a bit of a fuss at Sundance, sure supply for some discussion on film ratings.

Apparently a semi-autobiographical affair, White Girl introduces us to the world of Leah, a young NYC student arriving in the Hood. Seduced the by next door dealer, she digs deep to get him out of jail after an evening gone wrong, Continue reading

The Northlander

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What is the difference between instinct and feeling? Members of a futuristic tribe seek the answer in this action-adventure with just a hint of sci-fi. The Northlander is written, directed and produced by Benjamin Ross Hayden. The Albertan filmmaker is proud to mention his Metis roots, and his production hinges on this. Though the main clan could be a group of random people banding together after wars, genocide, or natural apocalypse, the group is identifiable as Aboriginal Canadian.

Corey Sevier (Instant Star, North Shore) plays main baddie-but-goodie Cygnus. He is Continue reading