John Bleasdale

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Rei: grace is extended to every character in this beautiful meditation on loneliness

The winner of the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), from debut director Tanaka Toshihiko, is a thoughtful melodrama on the spaces between people.

By John Bleasdale

Rei: grace is extended to every character in this beautiful meditation on loneliness
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Swimming Home: arty Deborah Levy adaptation never quite plumbs the depths of its characters

By John Bleasdale

Swimming Home: arty Deborah Levy adaptation never quite plumbs the depths of its characters
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Daaaaaali!: it’s as if Luis Buñuel directed a script by Monty Python

By John Bleasdale

Daaaaaali!: it’s as if Luis Buñuel directed a script by Monty Python
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The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial: William Friedkin’s final film shows his absolute mastery of his craft

By John Bleasdale

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial: William Friedkin’s final film shows his absolute mastery of his craft
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Ferrari: Michael Mann’s family melodrama spends too little time on the track

By John Bleasdale

Ferrari: Michael Mann’s family melodrama spends too little time on the track
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Falling Stars: creepy, low-budget horror conjures the season of the witch

By John Bleasdale

Falling Stars: creepy, low-budget horror conjures the season of the witch
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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny: a disappointing sendoff for Harrison Ford

By John Bleasdale

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny: a disappointing sendoff for Harrison Ford
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Harka rages against rising desperation in post-revolutionary Tunisia

By John Bleasdale

Harka rages against rising desperation in post-revolutionary Tunisia
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Till the End of the Night: an unconvincing exercise in neo-noir

By John Bleasdale

Till the End of the Night: an unconvincing exercise in neo-noir
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Silver Haze: a compassionate, richly realised family drama

By John Bleasdale

Silver Haze: a compassionate, richly realised family drama
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R.M.N.: there’s a sharp sting in this Transylvanian tale

By John Bleasdale

R.M.N.: there’s a sharp sting in this Transylvanian tale
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How to Blow Up a Pipeline: this subversive slice of genre entertainment delivers no-frills eco-thrills

By John Bleasdale

How to Blow Up a Pipeline: this subversive slice of genre entertainment delivers no-frills eco-thrills
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The Five Devils: a beguiling magical-realist coming-of-age story

By John Bleasdale

The Five Devils: a beguiling magical-realist coming-of-age story
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Bloody Oranges: monstrously funny French comedy

By John Bleasdale

Bloody Oranges: monstrously funny French comedy
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Call of God: a soporific psychosexual drama

By John Bleasdale

Call of God: a soporific psychosexual drama
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The Kingdom Exodus: madly entertaining horror

By John Bleasdale

The Kingdom Exodus: madly entertaining horror
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No Bears: a reflexive, tragicomic study of boundaries blurred

By John Bleasdale

No Bears: a reflexive, tragicomic study of boundaries blurred
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The Lord of the Ants: one of the straightest gay films around

By John Bleasdale

The Lord of the Ants: one of the straightest gay films around
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Dead for a Dollar: an apt title for a lifeless low-budget western

By John Bleasdale

Dead for a Dollar: an apt title for a lifeless low-budget western
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Athena: Delacroix for the Snapchat age

By John Bleasdale

Athena: Delacroix for the Snapchat age
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Bardo: fatuous chronicle of a handful of truths

By John Bleasdale

Bardo: fatuous chronicle of a handful of truths
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Bones and All: delicious and nutritious

By John Bleasdale

Bones and All: delicious and nutritious
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Akilla’s Escape: Jamaican American crime drama that prizes ambience over originality

By John Bleasdale

Akilla’s Escape: Jamaican American crime drama that prizes ambience over originality
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Arnold Is a Model Student: a wry Thai protest

By John Bleasdale

Arnold Is a Model Student: a wry Thai protest
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Fairytale: deep-fake dictators in a nitrate nightmare

By John Bleasdale

Fairytale: deep-fake dictators in a nitrate nightmare
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Ariyippu: a plague on both your spouses

By John Bleasdale

Ariyippu: a plague on both your spouses
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Falcon Lake: young summer loving ripens in a beguiling, surprising debut

By John Bleasdale

Falcon Lake: young summer loving ripens in a beguiling, surprising debut
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Holy Spider ensnares us in an Iranian psycho killer’s gruesome misogyny

By John Bleasdale

Holy Spider ensnares us in an Iranian psycho killer’s gruesome misogyny
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The Eight Mountains is a sublime saga of male friendship in the high Alps

By John Bleasdale

The Eight Mountains is a sublime saga of male friendship in the high Alps
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