Benedetta – first-look review

Published 10 Jul 2021 Share this Or is it a clever ruse to gain power within the convent, which the Abbess herself describes as “the game”? That is, until the impish Bartolomea (Daphne Patakia) seeks sanctuary at the convent from her abusive father and brother; Benedetta’s parents pay her way into the church, and a clandestine mutual attraction rapidly develops. So yes, much will be made of the ‘lesbian nun sex scenes’, but there’s so much more at play: cheerful disavowing of oppressive dogma; and cheeky suggestions about why the…

Cow – first-look review

One feels that maybe this isn’t going to be a call-to-action film that shines a light on the horrors of the dairy industry. “Thank you for giving your time to our cow,” said Andrea Arnold introducing the Cannes premiere of her documentary, Cow. Published 10 Jul 2021 Share this To her credit, Arnold finds humour through editing, cutting from a shot of a bull mounting his mate – pink organ unsheathed – to fireworks exploding in the sky. Every aspect of their daily life is governed by humans: when they…