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Charlatan diagnoses fear and malady in post-war Czechoslavakia

Agnieszka Holland directs a stately, trenchant biopic of gay herbalist Jan Mikolášek, tormented for his nonconformism by the Czech communist state.

By Carmen Gray

Charlatan diagnoses fear and malady in post-war Czechoslavakia
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Zana explores a Kosovan town obsessed with a woman’s fertility

By Lisa Mullen

Zana explores a Kosovan town obsessed with a woman’s fertility
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Cowboys rides all guns blazing into its transgender childhood story

By Alex Davidson

Cowboys rides all guns blazing into its transgender childhood story
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Antebellum is an unpleasantly brutal depiction of anti-Black racism

By Leila Latif

Antebellum is an unpleasantly brutal depiction of anti-Black racism
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Apples is a memorably deadpan take on the will to forget

By Anton Bitel

Apples is a memorably deadpan take on the will to forget
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Atlantis imagines mere glints of hope in a post-traumatic Ukraine

By Jessica Kiang

Atlantis imagines mere glints of hope in a post-traumatic Ukraine
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The Flight Attendant is pandemic escapism at its finest

By Kate Stables

The Flight Attendant is pandemic escapism at its finest
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Violation twists the rape-revenge subgenre into anti-fantasy

By Katherine McLaughlin

Violation twists the rape-revenge subgenre into anti-fantasy
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Labyrinth of Cinema summons peace through frenetic cinephilia

By Tony Rayns

Labyrinth of Cinema summons peace through frenetic cinephilia
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Identifying Features shines a light on Mexico’s disappeared as a mother searches for the truth

By Anjana Janardhan

Identifying Features shines a light on Mexico’s disappeared as a mother searches for the truth
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Exterminate All the Brutes tracks the march of genocide

By Paul Tickell

Exterminate All the Brutes tracks the march of genocide
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Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation shows two great American writers as friends and rivals

By Ela Bittencourt

Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation shows two great American writers as friends and rivals
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X&Y tests the intersections of art and gender

By Tara Judah

X&Y tests the intersections of art and gender
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Between the Lines: the 90s British policier that trumps Line of Duty

By Robert Hanks

Between the Lines: the 90s British policier that trumps Line of Duty
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Nomadland finds beauty on the rugged, ruthless open road

By Beatrice Loayza

Nomadland finds beauty on the rugged, ruthless open road
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Black Bear shoots a slippery meta-movie of on-set manipulation

By Katherine McLaughlin

Black Bear shoots a slippery meta-movie of on-set manipulation
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Spring Blossom shows an age-gap romance in full bloom

By Laura Jacobs

Spring Blossom shows an age-gap romance in full bloom
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Homeward sends a father and son on a Crimean pilgrimage

By Philip Kemp

Homeward sends a father and son on a Crimean pilgrimage
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Sisters with Transistors tells a forgotten history of female electronic composers

By Hannah McGill

Sisters with Transistors tells a forgotten history of female electronic composers
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Red Moon Tide resurrects the myths of Galicia’s shipwrecked shoreline

By Jordan Cronk

Red Moon Tide resurrects the myths of Galicia’s shipwrecked shoreline
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True Mothers is a sympathetic and heart-wrenching adoption drama

By Nikki Baughan

True Mothers is a sympathetic and heart-wrenching adoption drama
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Man in Room 301 is a Nordic drama that sees a simmering family feud boil over

By Philip Kemp

Man in Room 301 is a Nordic drama that sees a simmering family feud boil over
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Valley of Souls is a Colombian fisherman’s journey into the heart of paramilitary darkness

By Demetrios Matheou

Valley of Souls is a Colombian fisherman’s journey into the heart of paramilitary darkness
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Promising Young Woman is a right-on-time school of shocks

By Kate Stables

Promising Young Woman is a right-on-time school of shocks
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Los conductos is a swirling, cryptic journey into a hellish Medellín night

By Jonathan Romney

Los conductos is a swirling, cryptic journey into a hellish Medellín night
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Henry Glassie: Field Work finds humanity in folk art

By Trevor Johnston

Henry Glassie: Field Work finds humanity in folk art
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IWOW: I Walk on Water is a sprawling, frustrating New York City symphony

By Alex Ramon

IWOW: I Walk on Water is a sprawling, frustrating New York City symphony
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Aalto adopts an intimate approach to the great Finnish architect

By Chris Hall

Aalto adopts an intimate approach to the great Finnish architect
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Martyr is a portrait of male physicality, both playful and restful

By Ben Walters

Martyr is a portrait of male physicality, both playful and restful
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