Other People’s Children – first-look review

As a follow-up to her exceptional – and sadly underseen – An Easy Girl from 2019, Other People’s Children could and should finally cement Zlotowski’s place in the top class of European auteurs. A tentative courtship reveals his nerves and her comfort, as she consoles him while he cutely fumbles drink orders at a café. What makes Other People’s Children both unique and effective is that Rachel is the one who is valiantly attempting to make the situation work, as flexible in her interpersonal outlook as she is while acrobatically…

The Whale – first-look review

The Whale – first-look review Brendan Fraser gives his all as a morbidly obese man trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter before his death.After causing chaos on the Lido in 2015 with Mother!, Darren Aronofsky returns to Venice with a film no less likely to divide audiences – based on Samuel D. The words ‘pathetic’ and ‘disgusting’ are thrown around, but we never gain a sense as to why Charlie’s relationship with food is so toxic, which further stigmatises his eating disorder and fatness more generally. Recurring imagery throughout…