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The Maiden (Graham Foy, Canada)

The Maiden (Graham Foy, Canada)

we don’t see anyone die in The Maiden, a ghost story wherein the dead are less gone than misplaced (even a lifeless cat appears to survive the cosmic wash cycle). While one may occasionally take issue with the film’s determinedly elliptical approach to its central subject, Foy always remains both formally and narratively fastened to the amorphous, ugly, and insoluble reality of grief.
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Alcarràs (Carla Simón, Spain/Italy) 

By Saffron Maeve A pejorative superficially on par with its sister terms Big Pharma and Big Tech, which imply a gadgety reshaping of the natural world, Big Ag looms heavy over the sunny fields of Carla Simón’s acclaimed Alcarràs, which was awarded the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale and exceeded all box-office expectations upon…
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TIFF 2022 | Hawa (Maïmouna Doucouré, France) — Platform

By Saffron Maeve Given the absurd, moralistic onslaught which obscured Maïmouna Doucouré’s 2020 debut Cuties, one might wonder how a first-time filmmaker bounces back from such controversy, or from a letter addressed to the DOJ by champion of the cinematic cause Ted Cruz. Gracefully, it seems, as Doucouré’s sophomore effort Hawa is a trim, affecting…
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TIFF 2022 | Pearl (Ti West, US) — Midnight Madness

By Saffron Maeve  Much like the maggot-licked suckling pig shrivelling on the front porch in Ti West’s prequel to this year’s porno-slasher X, Pearl is an increasingly meatless and eye-grabbing article, comprising the kind of prepensed exposition that could only follow a desperately self-ciphering film. Set 61 years prior to the events of X, backdropped…
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TIFF 2022 | I Like Movies (Chandler Levack, Canada) — Discovery

By Saffron Maeve  You’ve already met Lawrence Kweller (Isaiah Lehtinen), the tenacious Kubrick-truther with zero EQ and lofty dreams of the Tisch School Of The Arts. He’s no far cry from the goading basement dwellers colloquially termed “film bros,” a brand of arrested young men who love movies to the point of exhaustion; the sort…
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TIFF 2022 | The Maiden (Graham Foy, Canada) — Contemporary World Cinema

By Saffron Maeve  Two character studies compounded by a misplaced notebook, Graham Foy’s sparkling debut The Maiden follows two best friends, Colton (Marcel T. Jiménez) and Kyle (Jackson Sluiter), through the backwoods of their Alberta suburb. The pair skateboard, tag underpasses, loiter around construction sites, and pick flowers for a cat’s burial at sea, until…
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Breathing Chasms: Rita Ferrando’s Ikebana

By Saffron Maeve “Soil does not come to life of its own accord.” So says Rita Ferrando in Ikebana (2021), a poetic documentary short about ecological temporality and the Japanese art of floral arrangement, which screened at IFFR earlier this year. The sediment is instead churned into existence by decomposing trees and heaps of fallen…
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