“When you’re close to death, you laugh at its face” – An Interview with Marija Kavtaradze

Summer Survivors, directed by Marija Kavtaradze was one of the most notable films of 2018. The film was part of the line up in the “Discoveries” section of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival this year. In an era when under-representation of mental health and lack of awareness is rampant, the film Continue Reading

Hotel By The River (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A Delicately Told Family Drama

In his latest creative venture Hotel By The River, renowned Korean director Hong Sang-Soo presents us with a simple and endearing slice-of-life that is stylistically one among his more austere works to date. Primarily set in and around a riverside hotel, it juxtaposes an awkward family meeting between a poet Continue Reading

Summer Survivors (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A Road Trip through the Various Facets of Mental Illness

Mental health is something rarely discussed well in cinema. Yes, there exists a lot of examples of mental illness and its effects shown in media, but very few of them manage to clearly encapsulate the trauma and pain of a patient dealing with such experiences. As a person who himself suffers Continue Reading

The Third Wife (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A mix of visual poetry with social commentary in this gorgeous debut

Ash Mayfair’s feminist film The Third Wife is most definitely going to evoke feels of Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden throughout due to how tonally similar the films are. The majestic cinematography of both the films along with the concept of exploring female sexuality also evokes similar feelings. That being said, Mayfair makes Continue Reading

Too Late to Die Young (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – An exhilaring and bold coming of age film

Dominga Sotomayor’s Too Late to Die Young shows us, more than anything, how difficult it really is to make that massive shift mentally in our teens while we are growing up. It explores the lives of a few teenagers and children and along with that also explores their psyche, trying Continue Reading

Working Woman (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A Topical Story of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Michal Aviad’s Working Woman tells a story that has been told quite a few times before but is still quite relevant and topical. It is the story of a working woman, as said in the title of the film, a woman who’s trying to support her aspiring husband and her Continue Reading

Diamantino (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – The Most Unique Cinematic Experience Of The Year

When a movie begins by telling us that what we are about to see is a work of fiction, bearing only a coincidental resemblance to any real-life “people, places, products or giant puppies”, we should expect it to be a different experience than usual. Diamantino indeed turned out to be Continue Reading