Oblivion Verses (2017)

The aged protagonist of Alireza Khatami’s debut film is in some ways a lost and broken man. And yet he seems content; and through his job, which he takes very seriously, he has a purpose in life. But his little world is threatened by violent outside forces, by a re-emerging autocracy whose corruption and covert dealings won’t allow him to do his job properly.

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A Family Submerged (2018)

This Argentine drama is an unwieldy arthouse film that drove people out of my screening. The film has not much to say but takes an unnecessarily long time to say it. There are very good performances and a number of interesting elements here, but as a whole this film does not work.

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The Other Side of the Street (2004)

The Other Side of the Street [O Outro Lado da Rua] tells the story of a criminal investigation of sorts, but it really is just the portrait of a lonely and bitter woman who is trapped in her isolated existence. Great performances by the core cast do not really help to make this film as a whole work.

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Interlude (2016)

A very strong film by a first-time writer/director, Interlude is a gentle portrait of a girl, her teenage sister, and their mother at a breaking point for the family.

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The Watchman (2017)

A very well-made drama from The Dominican Republic, which sheds a light on the prejudices the country struggles with regarding gender, race, and class.

Despite being predominantly “sad” in tone, and in spite of dealing with heavy issues, The Watchman is a very enjoyable film.

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Duck Season (2004)

An unusual but well-made comedy-drama from Mexico. Shot entirely in black&white, Duck Season presents us four average people in an average flat on an average Sunday afternoon, while slowly allowing their vulnerabilities to show.

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The Thin Yellow Line (2015)

This Mexican gem is one the most outstanding films of recent years. Quiet, moving, and with a touch of humour, Celso Garcia paints a tender picture of grown men doing some pretty tough work.

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