Awards Season, Reviews / 25.12.2021

Every so often, a film comes along that appears to follow the same well-worn tropes of many films that preceded it, particularly those in the romantic comedy/drama genre with a lost twentysomething protagonist. The trials and tribulations of young adults bumbling their way through life is rarely the most original of narratives. Then something like The Worst Person in the World shatters all expectations and reaffirms your faith cinema can still subvert those clichés and deliver something entirely new and refreshing. Hilarious, heartbreaking, insightful, and sensitive, this film is...

Reviews / 22.09.2021

A harrowing portrait of exploitation and systemic corruption and a gripping tale of morality, co-writer-director Alexandre Moratto's 7 Prisoners is tense and disturbing but so urgent and necessary. Moratto crafts an unflinching insight into the world of human trafficking and fuses it with a coming-of-age narrative where moral dilemmas abound at every turn. It's still early days, but we may have found Brazil's deserving submission for Best International Feature Film at this year's Academy Awards. Set in present-day São Paulo, 7 Prisoners centres on 18-year-old Mateus (a terrific Christian...