Written by Taylor Baker 82/100 Co-Directors Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat craft a meta-fictional criticism of art, wealth, and awards. Official Competition begins with José Luis Gómez’s Humberto Suarez, a lavishly wealthy man nearing the end of his life and … Continue reading.
Tag: Vancouver International Film Festival 2021
VIFF 2021 Review: Wife of a Spy
Written by Anna Harrison 60/100 Horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Wife of a Spy has all the elements of a thrilling period piece: beautiful costumes, state secrets, wartime backdrop, all of it anchored by Yu Aoi as Satoko, whose determination to … Continue reading.
VIFF 2021 Review: Belfast
Written by Taylor Baker 78/100 Belfast-born Kenneth Branagh’s latest film Belfast is a love letter to a time gone by. Like a mid-size jawbreaker, you know what it is from the outset, but there’s no way to speed up the … Continue reading.
VIFF 2021 Review: The Book of Delights (O Livro dos Prazeres)
Written by Maria Athayde 70/100 The Book of Delights co-written and directed by Marcela Lordy is a loose adaptation of Brazilian author Clarice Lispector’s book Uma Aprendizagem ou o Livro dos Prazers. It tells the story of Lóri (Simone Spoladore) … Continue reading.
VIFF 2021 Review: Azor
Written by Maria Athayde 80/100 Azor is a Franco-Argentinian-Swiss co-production co-written and directed by Andreas Fontana marking his feature film debut. From the first shot there is something disorienting about the film. We see a somewhat disoriented man, surrounded by … Continue reading.
VIFF 2021 Review: Bye Bye Morons (Adieu les cons)
Written by Maria Athayde 20/100 Bye Bye Morons written, directed and starring Albert Duponte as Jean-Baptiste Cuchas is one of the weirdest and worst movies I've seen all year. On the surface, it had an interesting premise a woman, Suze … Continue reading.
VIFF 2021 Review: A Tale of Love and Desire
Written by Maria Athayde 50/100 Writer-director Leyla Bouzid's A Tale of Love and Desire follows the story of two college students Ahmed (Sami Outalbali) and Farah (Zbeida Belhajamor) on a journey of lust, love, and self-discovery. The movie picks up … Continue reading.
VIFF 2021 Review: Sinkhole
Written by Alexander Reams 62/100 There is always the calm before the storm. Peace before the war, silence before the rooster begins screaming and wakes me up from my lovely sleep, then the ensuing cursing of the rooster and attempting … Continue reading.
VIFF 2021 Review: Maya
Written by Anna Harrison 70/100 Maya starts as the story of a relationship between a tiger, Maya, and her keeper, Mohsen Teyerani, a taxidermist-cum-zookeeper at the Mashhad Zoo in Iran. Mohsen hand-raised Maya as a cub, and home videos reveal … Continue reading.
VIFF 2021 Review: Sin La Habana
Written by Anna Harrison 45/100 Director Kaveh Nabatian’s Sin La Habana has grand ambitions, much like its protagonist, Leo (Yaneh Acosta), a talented Afro-Cuban ballet dancer who dreams of leaving Cuba to find a better life elsewhere. Together with his … Continue reading.