Review: The Elephant and the Butterfly, Glasgow Film Fest 2019

Antoine (Thomas Blanchard) shows up at the door of his ex-partner Camille (Judith Chemla). It has been a number of years since they last spoke, and she unfortunately has no time (nor does she wish to make time), waiting on a babysitter for her daughter Elsa (Lina Doillon) to arrive so she can catch a flight to attend an important business meeting. In desperation, she asks Antoine to watch Elsa. Antoine happens to be Elsa’s father, something Elsa does not know.

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Review: Complicity, Glasgow Film Fest 2019

Complicity is a considered study of a desperate individual in an unwinnable situation. Chen Liang (Lu Yulai) is a an illegal Chinese immigrant residing in Japan, trying to earn enough money to support his ailing mother and elderly grandmother back in China, who is unfortunately caught in a cycle of bad fortune due to his circumstances. When he narrowly avoids arrest (a fate a friend of his does not escape), he takes on a job as a Soba chef in a remote town and adopts the identity of Liu Wei, but for how long can he maintain this guise?

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Review: Killing (Zan), Glasgow Film Fest 2019

Shinya Tsukamoto has rightfully gained cult status as a director, ever since Tetsuo: The Iron Man debuted thirty years ago. His films explore dark, violent subject matter and his approach to filmmaking is wildly unpredictable, Tetsuo itself still being one hell of a trip to this day. On seeing that his latest film, Killing, on the surface appeared to be a somewhat traditional samurai film, I was left tantalisingly thinking to myself “What’s the catch?”.

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Review: Murder Me, Monster, Glasgow Film Fest 2019

Murder Me, Monster belongs to a particular subset of overly ponderous cinema; the kind of film that mistakes hushed voices and barren characterisation for ominous atmosphere, where whatever subtext may be swimming underneath the surface is devalued by utterly flaccid storytelling. It would be genuinely pointless to provide a synopsis, as it would give a false impression as to what to expect from the film.

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