Tomboy (Céline Sciamma, 2011)

It’s the summer holidays, school hasn’t started yet, and ten year-old Laure (Zoé Héran) has moved to a new neighbourhood with her parents and younger sister Jeanne (Malonn Lévanna). School hasn’t begun yet, Laure has no friends, and her heavily pregnant mother (Sophie Cattani) spends her days resting whilst her father (Mathieu Demy) works full-time. … Continue reading Tomboy (Céline Sciamma, 2011)

System Crasher (Nora Fingscheidt, 2019)

System Crasher is a brazen and unreserved telling of a child whose out-of-control behaviour prevents her from finding any type of permanence. Benni (Helena Zengel) is this story’s nine year-old girl who bounces from home to home, medical facility to medical facility, between blood-family and social worker as her inability to control her highly-emotional and … Continue reading System Crasher (Nora Fingscheidt, 2019)

November (Rainer Sarnet, 2017)

November navigates the lives of poor Estonian villagers through the harsh landscape of a cold winter, stealing and thieving their way through survival. Folklore and traditions dictate their questionable behaviour, offering their blood to the Devil in exchange for a soul to inhabit their Kratt (a man-made and often crudely-constructed thing that aids the villagers … Continue reading November (Rainer Sarnet, 2017)

Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas, 2019)

From first-time feature film director Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim stars well-known versatile actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and newcomer Jodie-Turner Smith as the titular characters. The trailer was an empowering Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008)-esque vision of a fight against prejudice, hyping me up for what Kaluuya was going to bring to the table … Continue reading Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas, 2019)