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VIFF: Mommy

Seemingly with a vendetta to be the most heart-wrenching film you’ve ever seen, Xavier Dolan’s fifth feature film Mommy (2014) plays out like the most twisted Freudian melodrama, whilst still maintaining a tone of sincerity, hope, and sweet nostalgia.

Author: 
Jesse Gotfrit
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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VIFF: Regarding Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag was an American writer known for many works, including On Photography, Illness as a Metaphor, and The Way We Live Now. I had heard of Susan Sontag and read snippets of her work prior to attending Regarding Susan Sontag on September 30th, which is being shown as part of VIFF. From what little familiarity I had, my interest in Susan was initially tied to her relationship with photographer Annie Lebowitz, an iconic American portrait photographer.

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Maggie Poirier
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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VIFF: Field of Dogs

I am not going to lie; sometimes I wonder why an aspiring filmmaker would choose to do delve into the art-house genre. Is it the appeal of ambiguity? The cool, leitmotif filled imagery, the all-encompassing realism that embodies the genre? Regardless, with the current trends of “twee”, superhero movies, and dark-realist postmodern comedies taking the stage amongst the modern audience, art-house should be the equivalent of social-suicide.

Author: 
Beau Bridge
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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VIFF Review: The Strange Little Cat

It might be enough to describe The Strange Little Cat as subtle and contemporary, yet this minimal-themed film is a little too quaint to settle with a simplified observation. Its characters don't beg to be analyzed, although they reflect the passive-aggressive attitude which the film portrays. This compels their spectators to continue watching, and waiting for the next offbeat response.

 

Author: 
Carmela Akiatan
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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Midnight’s Children at VIFF

Given that he’s best known in the media for having a fatwa against him [a price on his head] , readers of this review may not realize that Salman Rushdie is a very funny writer. Actually, that’s why he does have a fatwa against him – because his famous book The Satanic Verses is to Islam what Monty Python’s film The Life of Brian is to Christianity.

Author: 
Frieda Werden
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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Grace of My Heart

This film really gives a great behind the scenes look at the pop making process and is believed to be loosely inspired by the life of Carole King

Directed by: Allison Anders

Cast: Illeana Douglas, John Turturro, Matt Dillion, Eric Stolz, Bridget Fonda, Chris Isaak

Author: 
Spencer Sam
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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Jess + Moss

The film is superbly acted by the two leads which is crucial for the film’s success as 95% of the movie is just two of them on screen.

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Dan Mcpeake
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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ViFF

This film was amazing.  No One Killed Jessica is touching and it has real meaning.

    The closest North American peer that comes to mind would be Milk (which I also recommend checking out).

    By focusing on the case of the murder of Jessica Lall, it tells an important story of the corruption and hypocrisy of the courts in India but speaks to each legal system in the world. 

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Tracey Schmidt
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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ViFF

This film can not just simply disappear from your memory but will linger for a long time to come.

Honey Pupu is a truly remarkable feature which was a delight to watch.  Winning four Taipei Film Awards in cinematography, soundtrack, as well as acting (lead actress) and direction, while viewing it you can see how each of these aspects truly are deserving.

Author: 
Tracey Schmidt
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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ViFF

The VIFF program describes “ELENA” as a “highly unsettling thriller” but it’s not a thriller in the conventional sense.

This film is a darkly lyrical comment, both philosophical and ruthless, on the lengths a woman would go to help her own flesh-and-blood, even when she knows her son is a good-for-nothing lazy oaf, who is unemployed and keeps impregnating his wife and breeding a pack of good-for-nothings like himself. Therein lies the irony and the humanity in this subtlely intense film.

 

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Denise Mok
  • Posted on: 11 March 2016
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