Film Reviews

WHILE AT WAR – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

WHILE AT WAR – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

Spain/Argentina production

Director: Alejandro Amenabar

Fall 1936 – The focus of the film is on Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (Karra Elejaide), essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, professor of Greek and Classics, rector at the University of Salamanca. We learn that Unamuno had opposed the Spanish monarchy and was instrumental in influencing the overthrow of the Spanish monarchy, and a supporter of its replacement Spanish Republic.

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INCITEMENT – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

INCITEMENT – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

Israeli Production

Director: Yaron Zilberman

Co-writers: Yaron Zilberman and Daniella Kertesz

This film with its focus on the conditions underlying the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, also directs our attention to the current environment in Israel, a situation not unlike the one in 1995, according to the director, Yaron Zilberman. Rabin’s daughter, who was in the audience when I saw the film, reinforced the concerns raised by the film of the on-going polarization within Israeli society.

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MADE IN BANGLADESH – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

MADE IN BANGLADESH – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

France/Bangladesh/Denmark/Portugal Production

Director: Rubaiyat Hossain

Co-writers – Rubaiyat Hossain and Philippe Barriere

We are aware of the dreadful working conditions of the women who make our clothes earning low wages often under dangerous conditions. Fires are not unusual, killing numerous women, and yet, we continue to benefit from the low prices we pay for their labour

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THE PERFECT CANDIDATE – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

THE PERFECT CANDIDATE – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

Saudi Arabia/Germany production

Director: Haifaa al-Mansour

Maryam ( Mila Alzhrani) is a doctor in a small town in Saudi Arabia who is not respected. We see this when a seriously injured older man who has been injured in a truck accident refuses to be touched by a woman doctor, by Maryam. Instead, to his great detriment, male nurses treat hi

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THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN – TIFF Film Reviews 2019.

THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN – TIFF Film Reviews 2019.

Canada/Norway Production

Directors: Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn

Aila (Elle-Maija Tailfeathers), a middle-class indigenous woman leaves the doctor’s office and encounters a young indigenous, Rosie (Violet Nelson), barefoot, pregnant and bruised, standing in the rain. Rosie is afraid to return to the apartment where she lives with an abusive boyfriend and his mother. Aila brings Rosie home with her.

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COMETS – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

COMETS – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

Georgian production

Director – Tamar Shavgulidze

A film about unconditional love according to the director, Tama Shavgulidze

Two women meet 30 or more years after they separated as young women. Nana (Ketevan van Gegeshilze) remained in a small community near Tiblisi while Irina (Nino Kasradze) left. Irina moved to Poland, Krakow, Berlin, among other places. Her father had 2 restaurants in Krakow and she now has 4.

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EASY LAND – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

EASY LAND – TIFF Film Reviews 2019

Canadian production

Director and writer – Sanja Zivkovic

Jasna (Mirjana Jakovic), a Serbian architect, settled in Toronto, as a refugee, during the war in the former Yugoslavia, along with her daughter, Nina (Nini Kiri). Nina is repeating Grade 12, unhappy, ashamed of her mother, and wants to return to her life in Serbia. The relationship with Nina is strained. Nina shares little. Both women are isolated.

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