Heimat is a Space in Time (2019) ‘TIFF’ Review – Seeking Shelter within Memory while Exorcising Ghosts of the Past

Thomas Heise’s sprawling epic, Heimat is a Space in Time, charts the progress and gradual disintegration of a family spanning over three generations, which is juxtaposed against nearly 100-years of bloody German history. Through a series of meticulously narrated letters and diary entries ― set against gorgeous black-and-white imagery of Continue Reading

Krabi, 2562 (2019) Review – A Heartfelt Spiritual Snapshot of a Community

Made by the collaborative duo of experimental slow cinema auteur Ben Rivers and noted Thai indie director Anocha Suwichakornpong, the mellow and meditative Krabi, 2562 provides a geographical and spiritual snapshot of its eponymous coastal town. Krabi has become a major tourist attraction in recent years, partly due to its Continue Reading

Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) ‘MAMI’ Review – A Horrific Story Of Shame For Australia

In one very heart-wrenching scene of Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry Ghosts, one of the refugees says “I think Hell is not just fire. Hell is somewhere you see suffering, you see your families suffering, you see your friends suffering. You can’t do anything”. It is this hell that Continue Reading

Touch Me Not (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review — On A Transformative Quest For Intimacy

One of the characters in Touch Me Not, a certain quadriplegic Christian Bayerlein, remarks how he used to feel “like a brain being carried around without any body”. That was until he discovered the pleasures of sexuality. Even with his disability, he believes that his body is a gift and Continue Reading

Machines (2017) Review – A Terrific Documentation of the Human Condition

  ‘Poverty is harassment sir’ says one worker. These words reveal all there is to this human condition and all there ever will be. Hell, Karl Marx couldn’t have said it better if he wanted to.  Machines And that is the very thread around which Rahul Jain has spun his Continue Reading