God’s Own Country – Review

God’s Own Country is gob-smackingly good, a raw and emotional study of a young farmer, Johnny (Josh O’Connor, sensational) who falls in love with a Romanian worker, Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu, fantastic) in a tumultuous surprise to himself. The standout film of this year’s Berlin Film Festival, I have yet to see a better movie in 2017. The writer-director Francis Lee takes no prisoners. He doesn’t … Continue reading God’s Own Country – Review

Arifa – East End Film Festival Review

Usually in a movie, there is one scene that tells you why the filmmaker devoted blood, sweat, tears and coffee stains to bring their vision to the screen. In the London-based film, Arifa, it occurs late. Arifa (Shermin Hassan) is at a gym class when the tutor tells her that she can’t leave her bag on the floor. Arifa is incensed. She storms out, stuffs … Continue reading Arifa – East End Film Festival Review

The Other Side of Hope – Review

The films of Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki are instantly recognisable. They are minimalist and droll, with humour leaking out like air from a deflating tyre. Actors are often stationary in the frame, or their movements are singular, sitting up or walking then stopping. These movements are followed by a pause – a ‘what next?’ moment. When they speak, they often do so in a resigned … Continue reading The Other Side of Hope – Review