Tribeca Film

Jan 16 2015

Still Life

Merriam-Webster Online defines “still life” as either 1) a picture consisting predominantly of inanimate objects, or 2) the category of graphic arts concerned with inanimate subject matter. Thinking about writer/director Uberto Pasolini’s new film Still Life, I can’t think of a more appropriate title. For 92 minutes, we are immersed in the routine world of […]
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May 19 2014

Beneath the Harvest Sky

It’s “The Place Beyond the Potatoes” – and that’s not a criticism. Though it has its share of clichés and the obligatory scenarios one might expect from a coming-of-age story, “Beneath the Harvest Sky” is not your typical parable about teenagers making the right – or wrong – choices. Set in the small Canada-adjacent town of Van […]
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Mar 24 2014

Hide Your Smiling Faces

The universe is an infinitely complex mystery. Think of all the unanswered questions that you might have as an adult –  the possibility of an afterlife, the empty void that may await instead – and the certainty that one day, inevitably, you will die. The fact that you are a mere speck in this ever-evolving, […]
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Dec 2 2013

The Broken Circle Breakdown

When Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) and Elise (Veerle Baetens) first meet, it’s love at first sight. He strolls into her tattoo parlor, curious about her extensive body art, and she explains bluntly that most of them are there to cover up the names of several of her ex-lovers. He laughs, makes a couple of remarks, and […]
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Mar 22 2013

War Witch

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on March 22, 2013.) Canada’s entry into the 2012 Oscar race, War Witch, is a stunning and frightening film. It’s frightening to me because in my world, when I see children in movies, they’re usually going on a treasure hunt, trying to rescue a Babe Ruth-signed ball […]
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