EIFF: ‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Feels Like a Trilogy of Frustration and Disaster

*DISCLAIMER: As this is a difficult film to talk about without delving into the plot, this review contains major spoilers for Racer and the Jailbird. Please read with caution.* Racer and the Jailbird is a film that is just as difficult to talk about as it is to watch. Featuring two fantastic, but ultimately wasted leads, Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue is the … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Feels Like a Trilogy of Frustration and Disaster

EIFF: ‘Happy End’ is a Dark, Hilarious Look at an Upper Class Family

*DISCLAIMER: As this is a difficult film to talk about without delving into the plot, this review of Happy End contains mild spoilers. Please read with caution.* From the moment that Happy End begins, it’s clear what the audience is in for. The opening scene of Michael Haneke’s latest effort is seen from the perspective of 13-year-old Eve Laurent (Fantine Harduin) as she records the family … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Happy End’ is a Dark, Hilarious Look at an Upper Class Family

EIFF: ‘Novitiate’ is an Ambitious Take on Isolation in a Life Devoted to God

Novitiate, the feature-length debut of Sundance Film Festival’s Breakthrough Director winner, Maggie Betts, is a stylish and ambitious take on a historical moment in the transformation of Catholicism. The film, taking place mostly in 1964, is a coming-of-age tale following a young woman named Cathleen (Margaret Qualley), who decides to break away from her normal life in Tennessee to become a nun. Cathleen’s fixation with the … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Novitiate’ is an Ambitious Take on Isolation in a Life Devoted to God

EIFF: Andy Serkis’ Directorial Debut ‘Breathe’ Will Tear at Your Heartstrings

Breathe is a moving piece of storytelling that is able to snatch up its viewers within the last two acts. The first, feels like a sloppily edited chapter that reveals way too little about a character we’re supposed to feel empathetic towards. As the movie straggles along with charming British demeanour and jokes, the humanity of the piece is fleshed out in a stunning fashion. … Continue reading EIFF: Andy Serkis’ Directorial Debut ‘Breathe’ Will Tear at Your Heartstrings

EIFF: A Cold, Bleak Examination of a Grieving Couple Gives ‘Loveless’ Its Brutal Impact

There is something about Loveless, Russia’s official Best Foreign Language Film entry at the 90th Academy Awards, that feels different from any other thriller of its kind. Unlike films such as Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, a film which, while quite good, is more focused on telling a similar story that is more primarily driven by the emotion of the scenario, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s follow up to Leviathan … Continue reading EIFF: A Cold, Bleak Examination of a Grieving Couple Gives ‘Loveless’ Its Brutal Impact

EIFF: ‘Romantic Road’ is a Delightful Documentary About Love and Adventure

Plenty of Oliver McGarvey’s documentary, Romantic Road, revolves around the bond between married couple, Rupert and Jan Grey, as they travel around India in his father’s 1936 Rolls Royce. However, the title is also a nod to how the Greys, and McGarvey in turn, often, but not always, romanticize the country they travel through, the people they meet along the way, the bonds that they … Continue reading EIFF: ‘Romantic Road’ is a Delightful Documentary About Love and Adventure