Category Archive: Film Festival

Review: The Kindergarten Teacher (Lapid, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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The Kindergarten Teacher is a Hebrew-language film that screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival this past spring. Kindergarten teacher by day, aspiring poetess by night, Nira (Sarit Larry) leads a fairly humdrum… Continue reading

Review: The End of the Tour (Ponsoldt, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Sometimes you watch a movie and afterwards you get that euphoric feeling that’s partly a light swelling in your chest and partly a heightened awareness of your senses. Your words have more snap and zing… Continue reading

Review: The Postman’s White Nights (Konchalovskiy, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Independent movies these days are full of films in which “nothing much happens,” which is understandable given that most of life for most people is rather monotonous, or at least defies a traditional narrative frame.… Continue reading

Review: Mr. Holmes (Condon, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Sir Arthur Canon Doyle’s creation Sherlock Holmes is arguably one of the most popular characters in all of Western literature. According to the Guinness World Records, he is the world’s “most portrayed literary… Continue reading

Review: Sunday Ball (Rocha, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Every frame of Sunday Ball, a documentary about the annual inter-favela football championship in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, could be worthy of a National Geographic spread. The footage is sensuous, at times arresting.… Continue reading

Review: Of Men and War (Bécue-Renard, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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The words “post-traumatic stress disorder” get batted around a good deal when the subject of veterans comes up, so much so that it has almost become a cliché. But most of us rarely get… Continue reading

Review: Red Amnesia (Wang, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Mrs. Deng (Lü Zhong) is a strong-willed woman, what my mother or grandmother would have called a nu qiang ren. She lives by herself (unless you count the portrait of her deceased husband,… Continue reading

Review: The Wonders (Rohrwacher, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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  The star of this family drama is undeniably newcomer Maria Alexandra Lungu, who plays Gelsomina, the eldest of four daughters in a beekeeping household living in Tuscany, Italy. Barely adolescent, Gelsomina is her father Wolfgang’s… Continue reading

Review: All of Me (González Villaseñor, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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An estimated two million migrants cross the border from Mexico to the U.S. every year. Many are from Central America, cutting through Mexico on “the Beast” (also known as “La tren de la muerte” or “The… Continue reading

Review: Western (Ross & Ross, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Brothers Bill and Turner Ross went to Texas looking to make a “modern Western.” What they found was a tale of two cities: Eagle Pass, TX, and Piedras Negras, MX. In an era of mounting… Continue reading