This Beautiful Fantastic (2016)


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This slightly oddball, feel good film is formulaic in many ways but with idiosyncratic styling that lends it an off-kilter, other-worldliness. Beginning with a fairy tale realism, we see Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay) abandoned as a baby in a park. Watched over by ducks until she is found, she grows up without a family and with a fear and loathing of nature.  Continue reading

God’s Own Country (2017)


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I missed this one at MIFF and it’s a timely tale of the damage caused by a lack of love and acceptance. Johnny (Josh O’Connor) lives on an isolated Scottish farm with his dad (Ian Hart) and Nan (Gemma Jones). There’s not much warmth in his world. His dad, whose physical ability has been limited by a stroke, lets Johnny know of his expectations and also his constant disappointment. Continue reading

Ginger and Rosa (2012)




Sally Potter creates stories that resonate across generations with characters that are luminous. In Ginger and Rosa, she takes an experience from her youth and crafts it into an exquisite meditation on the schism between personal and collective identity and responsibility. Continue reading