The Souvenir Part II – first-look review

His absence looms large as Julie attempts to make sense of her grief, reconciling the man she loved with the reality of his addiction and untimely demise. Become a member today. But that’s understandable – Julie isn’t the girl she was back then, swept off her feet by a charming heroin addict who entered her life like a hurricane and left it with similarly devastating effect. Questions of what compels us to make art – and what purpose art should serve – linger after the credits roll. Julie attempts to…

Jumbo

Noémie Merlant’s bob-haired Jeanne, unable to find satisfaction among the rugged male specimens of her sleepy burg, instead decides to instigate a sexual relationship with a tilt-a-whirl ride at the local funfair which, she is surprised to discover, is passionately reciprocated. It feels as if first-time feature director Zoé Wittock has made exactly the film she wanted to make, and she’s been given the resources to execute a couple of memorable, sci-fi-tinged set pieces that offer a showcase for her talents as a maker of memorable images. A decent calling-card…

The Truffle Hunters

Rich in detail and tantalisingly crafted. Unearthed in the greenery of Piedmont, Italy, the film’s subjects are a rich and nutritiously spry collection of elderly gentlemen who spend their days and nights hunting for truffles, with the help of their beloved, scene-stealing dogs. Share this Share this This charming documentary pays tribute to a group of elderly foragers and their trust canine companions.When I was young, I knew that there was someone called God, who lived way up in the sky. The prize itself is kept tantalisingly away from close-ups,…

Ahed’s Knee – first-look review

Little White Lies is committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. As Lapid said in a recent interview with AFP’s Eric Randolph, “In the end, you have exactly the same diseases that you are fighting against.” Y (Avshallom Pollak), a filmmaker based in Tel Aviv, takes a break from casting his new feature to fly to a tiny town in the Arava, a sparsely-populated desert region, in order to introduce a previous work. Pollak carries himself like a jaded rock star, one who has reached…

Justin Kurzel explores the origins of a mass shooting in the Nitram trailer

In looking for an explanation for his shocking behavior, the film will delve into the relationship between them and the fear a parent can have for their violent, unwell child. Over two days in April 1996, a young man named Martin Bryant murdered 35 people and injured 23 more during a mass shooting in his home of Port Arthur, to this day the most grievous instance of public violence in the country’s history. The hot-button subject matter may scare off some, but it also guarantees a powerful reaction from those…

Stillwater – first-look review

Bill brushes up against tight-lipped teens and dirty coppers in his pursuit of the truth, and quickly realises he’s in over his head. Winning an Oscar isn’t necessarily a guarantee of future work, but McCarthy’s career has taken a strange turn since then. His latest project is a return to more adult territory, even if tonally it retains some of the chaotic energy McCarthy’s CV possesses. Become a member today. Matt Damon plays Bill Baker, a rough-hewn Oklahoman oil worker who makes frequent trips to Marseille to visit his daughter…