Category: drama

REVIEW: L’Animale (2018)

Mati (Sophie Stockinger) is a sullen 17 year-old reaching the end of high school. She spends her time away from school either assisting in her mother's veterinary surgery, or hanging around with a group of rebellious boys on motorcycles. One of the boys, Sebi (Jack Hofer), has romantic aspirations. Mati's eyes, however, are on Carla ...

REVIEW: Rafiki (2018)

  Kena (Samantha Mugatsia), a Kenyan teenager, works at her father's corner store while waiting for her high school test results. Her father is running for local government, against a slick, corporate incumbent. When Kena meets the vibrant and aggressive girl Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), their immediate friendship turns to romance - one with the potential ...

REVIEW: Land of Hope (2012)

A massive earthquake hits Japan's east coast, sending a nuclear reactor into meltdown and forcing the evacuation of the area. A 20 kilometre-wide exclusion zone is rapidly set up, with anybody within the zone urgently driven out of their homes. Dairy farmer Yasuhiko (Isao Natsuyagi) lives exactly 20 kilometres from the reactor. The line of ...

REVIEW: Arctic (2018)

A man (Mads Mikkelsen) takes shelter in a crashed light aircraft, one that has been half-buried in the snow of the Arctic tundra. He lives alone, the sole survivor of a deadly crash. When a helicopter arrives and, in the most disastrous of coincidences, crashes as well, he finds himself caring for a badly injured ...

REVIEW: Duckweed (2017)

Xu Tailang (Deng Chao) is a successful young race car driver who is estranged from his father Zhengtai (Eddie Peng). While arguing with his father in the car, Tailang accidentally crashes into a passing train. Instead of waking up in hospital, he wakes in 1998 to meet his father as a teenager - as well ...

REVIEW: Claustrophobia (2008)

Claustrophobia, a 2008 Hong Kong drama by writer/director Ivy Ho, is a difficult film to summarise. Certainly it's impossible to write about without spoiling the story, since what story it has is extremely slight. Let's just run through its lengthy opening scene. Five co-workers pile into a car and travel one, each being dropped off ...

“Just breathe” | Ever After (1998)

Fairy tales have been adapted to cinema for many decades. The most obvious is Walt Disney’s ground-breaking 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs but as a genre they have been inspiring films since movies were in black and white and silent. Across the world, the fairy tale adaptation has seen a variety ...