Follow BRWC on Blogarama  |  Feed Shark  |  BRWC: battleroyalewithcheese

LFF 2017 Review Round-Up #4

Summer 1993

Hello there. Welcome to BRWC. You should follow us on Twitter, listen to a FiLMiX, or browse around for interesting reviews, interviews and features. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter, and tell your friends. BRWC is short for battleroyalewithcheese.


RUSH TO SEE…

Summer 1993

Summer 1993

Summer 1993

Carla Simón’s debut Summer 1993 has a lot to say about the way children process grief. Extracting some of the most realistic child acting I’ve ever seen from children as young as six, Simón proves to be a master of her craft. Her film is plotless, but every scene has purpose. The gutwrenching moments are gentle and unexpected rather than blindingly obvious, as we watch 6-year-old Frida process the death of her parents over one summer. Simón observes Frida for as long as is necessary, and the film ends the second everything that needs to be said has been said. That kind of confidence in a first time filmmaker is extraordinary.



FIND OUT MORE HERE

TRY TO SEE…

Princess Cyd

Princess Cyd

Princess Cyd

Princess Cyd is a drifting film, but an amiable one at that. Stephen Cone’s direction attempts to be unfussy, although some of the flourishes he allows himself get in the way of the drama. Still, Cone has a strong understanding of his characters and their relationships ― the standout being Rebecca Spence as the successful writer aunt of teenager Cyd (Jessie Pinnick).



FIND OUT MORE HERE

AVOID…

Makala

Makala

Makala

Makala‘s opening minutes are beautiful. Wordlessly, we follow Makala, a worker in the Congo going about his grinding daily routine. In the opening scene, he chops down a tree with the camera as a drifting observer. The soundscape director Emmanuel Gras captures is soothing, creating a poetic viewing experience. However, the problems emerge as the film goes on like this: it becomes clear that the documentary’s conceit ― to not include interviews or many spoken words by the subject at all ― is by nature othering. Makala is reduced to an object rather than a person.

Enter your email address to subscribe to our BRWC Newsletter:

Delivered by FeedBurner

FIND OUT MORE HERE


We hope you're enjoying BRWC. You should check us out on Facebook, look at our images on Instagram, or leave a comment below. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter, and tell your friends. BRWC is short for battleroyalewithcheese.


Trending on BRWC:

Harrison Ford as Han Solo, posing with DL-44 blaster

Five Famous Firearms From The World Of Film

By BRWC / November 15, 2017
Your Name

ENDED: Win Your Name On DVD!

By Alton Williams / October 22, 2017 / 2 Comments
Midnight in Paris

The 10 Most Inspiring Movies About Writing

By BRWC / October 27, 2017
Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Joins The Elite

By BRWC / November 13, 2017
Trance

Trance: Short Film Review

By Marti Dols Roca / October 20, 2017

<p>Orla thinks that Sofia Coppola is the greatest living director, so you’ll probably disagree with her at least 50% of the time. At least. She was born and raised in Watford which, for all you internationals out there, is near enough to London for you to mentally-register it as such, if you don’t know what a Watford is. She’s studying film and hopes to make a few of them herself one day, but in the meantime she’s happy watching, writing and talking about them every hour of every day. Really, it’s unhealthy. Somebody should stop her.</p>