World cinema

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Saint Omer review – Alice Diop’s compelling courtroom drama
The French director draws on her own experience in this story of a writer sitting in on the trial of a woman accused of murdering her own baby

Wendy Ide

04, Feb, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Saint Omer review – witchcraft and baby killing in extraordinary real-life courtroom drama
Alice Diop’s unnerving fiction feature is based on the true case of a Senegalese immigrant accused in the French court of murdering her 15-month-old daughter

Peter Bradshaw

02, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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EO review – an innocent donkey leads the way in surreal Bresson-inspired ride
Life is seen through the eyes of a put-upon beast of burden in this beautifully photographed homage to Au Hasard Balthazar by the veteran Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski

Peter Bradshaw

01, Feb, 2023 @4:24 PM

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A Human Position review – elegantly restrained Norwegian drama
Nothing much happens, but less is more in Anders Emblem’s quiet tale of a traumatised journalist

Wendy Ide

29, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Mostly Martha is a feast of a film – and the US remake is a dog’s dinner
More people have probably seen No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, but the original German film is charming and better in every way

Maddie Thomas

24, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Nascondino (Hide and Seek) review – remarkable documentary about a Neapolitan street kid
For four years, Victoria Fiore follows bright, personable Entoni, at the mercy of Italy’s new law concerning children from organised crime families

Wendy Ide

22, Jan, 2023 @11:30 AM

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Holy Spider – prurient Iranian serial killer drama
Based on the real-life case of a man who murdered 16 women, Ali Abbasi’s tense film feels at once timely and dehumanising

Wendy Ide

21, Jan, 2023 @3:00 PM

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More Than Ever review – thoughtful drama about how to die well
Vicky Krieps shows her emotional range as a woman taking ownership of terminal illness in Emily Atef’s sensitive film co-starring the late Gaspard Ulliel

Wendy Ide

21, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Holy Spider review – Iranian crime thriller takes real case and makes it implausible
Twenty years after a serial killer murdered 16 sex workers in Mashad, Ali Abbasi has made a fictionalised account of his capture and trial

Peter Bradshaw

18, Jan, 2023 @4:55 PM

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More Than Ever review – dying Vicky Krieps acts up a storm in end-of-life drama
Krieps and the late Gaspard Ulliel bring great conviction and intelligence to this unlikely tale of a woman’s last adventure

Peter Bradshaw

18, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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The Substitute review – vehement inspiring-teacher thriller is all a bit Mr Chips
A poet in Buenos Aires takes up teaching at a tough school and tries to protect his students in Diego Lerman’s cliched, if well-acted, tale

Peter Bradshaw

17, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Piggy review – atmospheric Spanish teen horror
Laura Galán excels as the tormented victim of three mean girls in her village in Carlota Pereda’s striking feature debut

Wendy Ide

08, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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