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EIFF 2022: Dream Agency Review

Dreams are famously rather nebulous and unfathomable things. Their elusive nature makes them objects of fascination, readily able to be picked apart in our great search for meaning. Dreams have proven to be fertile ground in cinema that film, both celluloid and digital, can possibly open up. Dream Agency unsurprisingly concerns itself with dreams in […]

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EIFF 2022: The Narrow Road Review

As the world leaves the Coronavirus pandemic behind, it is almost inevitable that it will become the subject of many films. The Narrow Road, a film set in Hong Kong in 2020, is an early entry into this genre. Yet it does not try to tell the story of the pandemic in Hong Kong, or […]

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EIFF 2022: LOLA Review

LOLA opens with white text on a black background that states that the following footage was found in an abandoned Sussex home in 2021 and dates back to the 1940s. The film never breaks the illusion that it is found footage (spoiler: it is not). Shot in handheld black-and-white, it always reminds us that one […]

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EIFF 2022: The Cloud and The Man Review

The Cloud and The Man is a beautiful film. It tells the story of a man’s relationship with a cloud, much as the title would suggest. Yet in a subtle, sensitive way, it weaves a charming narrative of a man lost in the world who finds an emotional connection with a cloud no one else […]

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EIFF 2022: Funny Pages Review

The most immediate sensation you get when you start watching Funny Pages is revulsion. And that is completely intentional. From start to finish, the film is pervaded with a sense of gross-ness that is perfectly captured and conveyed to the audience with squirm-inducing results. This atmosphere – which encompasses every aspect of the filmmaking, from […]

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EIFF 2022: Full Time (A Plein Temps) Review

Good cinema, in my mind, should tell you its own unqiue personal story whilst also having enough narrative strands for audience members to attach their own experiences onto. Full Time (A Plein Temps) does this, for the most part, aiming by its writer/director Eric Gravel’s admission, to capture the stressful lives of those who commute […]

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EIFF 2022: Flux Gourmet Review

In the past decade, Peter Strickland has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting filmmaking voices. What makes his work so distinctive and so recognisable after only a handful of films is his fetishistic attention to sensory detail. Numerous critics have described his work as ‘cinema of the senses’, and it is true that by […]

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EIFF 2022: Children of the Mist Review

There is a moment in Diem Ha Lee’s 2021 Documentary Children of the Mist where the camera lingers on a shot of the blossom on a tree for a while, and at that moment a sense of hesitation seems present. The camerawoman seems intent on finding, and staying close to, some mark of beauty amongst what has, […]