The Killing of Two Lovers

It’s never gonna be easy,” David confesses to his 15-year-old daughter Jess, after catching her trying to cut school. Airtight sound design, rich visuals and natural performances tell a poignant story. Set against the backdrop of the American West, with muted cinematography that evokes Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, the heightened tension of The Killing of Two Lovers is the result of a slowly collapsing marriage of nearly two decades. Jess, the oldest of the children, takes the divorce the hardest, and her resentment towards her father for leaving is what…

Land

Is it simply a desire to get back to nature? As the seasons change the pair form a close bond and Edee gradually comes to realise that life is worth living after all. Enter Edee’s guardian angel, a kindly local hunter (played by Demián Bichir) who intervenes when she is at her lowest ebb. In the case of Land, though, it’s a little more complicated than that. Its thematic intentions outweigh its technical shortcomings. Published 4 Jun 2021 Share this When a bear ransacks her cabin, destroying her limited supplies,…