VIFF: "Mademoiselle de Joncquières"

This French period film from Emmanuel Mouret follows in the footsteps of "Les Liaisons Dangeureuses," as (bachelor) Marquis and (widowed) Marquise engage in a verbal duel of wits and manners. Read more

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VIFF: "Roma"

Alfonso Cuaron's new film, set in Mexico City in 1970/71, is a rich and complex drama in which the slow unravelling of domestic life takes precedence over larger events. Read more

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VIFF: "This Mountain Life"

One of the hits of VIFF 2018 returns to the Vancity Theatre. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "14 Apples" and "Grass"

At any film festival there will be hits and misses: films that you'll rate 5 out of 5, and other films which "didn't work for you," which you'll rate 1. Here are brief reviews of two of my 1s from this year's VIFF. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "3 Faces"

Another film from Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who somehow manages to produce fine work, despite being under a 20-year ban prohibiting him from directing movies or writing screenplays. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "Becoming Astrid"

A somewhat routine but enjoyable biopic on the early years of Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "The Proposal"

A documentary by New York artist Jill Magid, depicting her attempts to gain access to the professional archives of Luis Barragán, Mexico’s most famous architect. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "Hendi and Hormoz"

Hendi and Hormoz is one of those films that VIFF is best at: a human story set in an unfamiliar culture and geography, which draws you in because the dilemmas faced by the characters are, to some extent, universal. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "The Happy Prince"

An interesting, but flawed, film about the last years of Oscar Wilde, who lived (and died) in a kind of self-exile in Paris following his release from prison. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "A Paris Education"

This black-and-white film, about a young student filmmaker learning his craft in Paris, is an affectionate tribute to the French "New Wave" cinema of the late 1950s and 1960s. Read more

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VIFF 2018: "Seder-Masochism"

One of the most dazzling animated features that you're ever likely to see, this one-woman tour-de-force is a very personal, very musical, take on the Exodus story, blended with tales from the Passover Seder tradition. Read more

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VIFF 2017: "At the End of the Tunnel"

A paraplegic engineering technician in Buenos Aires rents rooms to an exotic dancer; bank heist ensues. Read more

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VIFF 2017: "Faces Places"

Veteran filmmaker Agnès Varda and photographer/muralist JR travel the back roads of rural France in a mobile photo booth. Read more

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VIFF 2017: "Loveless"

A loveless marriage in its final throes, with tragic consequences. Another powerful drama from Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev. Read more

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VIFF 2017: "The Killing of a Sacred Deer"

A perfectly pitched absurdist parable, at once chilling and comic, from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. Read more

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VIFF 2017: "Leaning Into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy"

A look at the recent work of landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy, whose visually stunning works engage with nature, examining time and timelessness, creativity and decay. Read more

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VIFF 2017: "Shadowman"

A fascinating documentary about pioneering New York City street artist (and former Vancouverite) Richard Hambleton, a contemporary of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Read more

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VIFF 2017: "The Other Side of Hope"

The latest from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki is a gem, his trademark deadpan humor perfectly balanced with a wry compassion. Read more

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VIFF 2017: "Lucky"

Harry Dean Stanton's final film, a fitting send-off for one of the great character actors. Read more

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