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Alissa Simon

Alissa Simon
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
83% Let Me Fall (2018) Like Z's two previous features, it is strongly acted and sensitively directed.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet The Little Comrade (Seltsimees laps) (2018) An affecting and richly visualized coming-of-age story set in Soviet Estonia during the Stalinist terror of the 1950s.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
83% The Last Suit (El último traje) (2018) [A] touching, albeit occasionally heavy-handed, drama...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
No Score Yet Smuggling Hendrix (2018) [A] delightful, droll, and intelligent comedy... captures the absurdity and tragedy of a complicated political situation with a consistently light touch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2018
No Score Yet Love 1. Dog (Dragoste 1: Câine) (2018) The fact that the screenplay leaves so many things undefined allows attentive viewers to become more involved in the story and fill in the narrative gaps in their own minds.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2018
No Score Yet Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) While Krstić is especially good at providing noir atmosphere (jazzy, smoke-filled dives, ominous shadows, and references to Mike Hammer films), he positively excels at high-octane action.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
100% One Day (Egy nap) (2018) [An] intense, intimate work...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
No Score Yet The Gentle Indifference of the World (2018) Although Yerzhanov tries something new by gussying up the narrative with allusions to French New Wave amour fou and gangster noir, "Gentle Indifference" still feels like a slight knock off of his earlier work.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
95% Border (Gräns) (2018) An exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
60% Ramen Heads (2018) "Ramen Heads" may be a tad lacking in visual excitement, but it succeeds in imparting the ineffable appeal of Japan's national dish.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2018
No Score Yet Adam (2018) It succeeds as a showcase for the thesping talents of the helmer's athletic son (a producer as well), who essays the eponymous lead.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
69% The Quest of Alain Ducasse (La Quête d'Alain Ducasse) (2018) Absorbing and cinematic, "The Quest of Alain Ducasse" offers the documentary equivalent of a memorable meal at one of the eponymous chef's three Michelin-starred restaurants.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
No Score Yet Dressage (2018) "Dressage" powerfully illustrates the consequences of growing social divisions within contemporary Iranian society and indicts a middle and upper class that have lost their moral center.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
No Score Yet Cuban Food Stories (2018) Eye-opening in every way, especially for those who may think that Cuban food is just rice and beans, the film makes extensive use of Soto's engaging voiceover narration.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
No Score Yet Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) (2018) With a vibrant performance from fresh-faced Alba August as the lead, "Becoming Astrid" looks sure to become a hot seller and makes one eager for more episodes from Lindgren's astonishingly unconventional life.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
No Score Yet Genesis (Genezis) (2018) Csordás and Illési, the non-professional actors playing Ricsi and Virág, do a fine job, but the camera loves Illési, and it's her story that stands out whether it was meant to or not.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
No Score Yet Horizon (Horizonti) (2018) This accomplished, absorbing, even-handed look at the pain of a marital breakup should broaden the director's fan base on the festival circuit.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
71% Black Kite (2017) Certainly, multihyphenate Qayumi deserves credit for his deft use of archival footage and animation, which provide useful context and historical background.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
83% And Breathe Normally (2018) Although some might find the twists and turns of the narrative to occasionally defy credibility, others will be swept along with the gripping human dilemmas of the main characters.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
80% Scaffolding (2018) A troubled student is challenged by his literature teacher, who aims to open his narrow worldview to other possibilities.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
88% The Other Side of Everything (Druga strana svega) (2017) Director Mila Turajlić examines Serbia's political history through the eyes of her activist mother in this engrossing doc.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
76% What Will People Say? (Hva vil folk si) (2018) The kinetically shot film brims with authenticity and immediacy and benefits from a deeply sympathetic turn from sublime discovery Maria Mozhdah as the lead.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
8% Euphoria (2017) Plays as if it might have come from Yorgos Lanthimos' bin of discarded ideas.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
No Score Yet Granny's Dancing on the Table (2015) Both off-putting and engrossing, the pic marks [Hanna] Skold as an idiosyncratic talent.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
100% The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017) The vibrant, Fauvist color-washes and overlays represent the film's most impressive element, recalling the cut-outs of Henri Matisse or the decorative work of Raoul Dufy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
No Score Yet Out (2017) Terhes makes palpable Ágoston's optimism, loneliness and frustration - and he gets viewers to care about the character's fate.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
95% Tempestad (2016) The beautifully crafted and creative documentary Tempestad traces the stories of two women whose lives, through no fault of their own, became utter, incomprehensible nightmares.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
100% A Man of Integrity (Lerd) (2017) Although the film will be banned in its home nation, fests and niche arthouse distributors in most territories will welcome this brave, underground production for the way it manages to resonate on both specific and universal levels.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
91% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) Although dealing with weighty matters, Jarchovsky's script (which is based on a real-life incident he experienced during primary school) is leavened with welcome humor and irony.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
No Score Yet Ice Mother (2017) For the first time, older characters are at the heart of a Sláma film, and Kronerová and Nový repay the helmer-writer with warm, dignified turns that require both soul- and flesh-baring.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
No Score Yet Highway (2012) Low-budget, over-ambitious multi-strander from debuting helmer Deepak Rauniyar is more interesting for its glimpse of a politically tense, mixed-race society where tradition and modernity mingle uneasily than for the surfeit of uneven dramas.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
No Score Yet The Erlprince (2016) Gives an unorthodox spin to archetypes and confirms the helmer as a talent to watch.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2017
No Score Yet Fanny's Journey (Le voyage de Fanny) (2017) While the entire cast acquits themselves well, the impressive, nuanced camerawork by Pierre Cottereau (who also recently shot Christian Carion's WWII drama Come What May) is the film's strongest technical asset.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
97% 1945 (2017) A fresh, intelligent cinematic approach to a difficult topic that takes on a transitional time in Hungarian history with subtlety and nuance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
100% My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi) (2017) An interesting sociological perspective on a changing patriarchal society.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
96% The Women's Balcony (Ismach Hatani) (2017) A close-knit congregation fractures along gender lines after a catastrophe at their synagogue in this nicely observed dramedy.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2016
91% Window Horses (2017) An entertaining, educational, and poignant tale about identify and imagination that is filled with stories and poetry.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
93% All This Panic (2017) More remarkable for the way it looks than the actual, somewhat banal, girl-talk content.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2016
100% Wednesday, May 9 (Chaharshanbeh, 19 Ordibehesht) (2015) Three O. Henry-esque stories from contempo Tehran are woven together with mixed results in Wednesday, May 9, the debut feature of multihyphenate Vahid Jalilvand.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2016
71% Little Wing (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu) (2016) A tender-hearted coming-of-age story shot in a low-key, realist style ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2016
No Score Yet Blindness (Zacma) (2016) Remarkable for its ability to put viewers inside the head of its complicated protagonist, "Blindness" is a high quality, old-style arthouse drama ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
88% A Death in the Gunj (2016) Although Sensharma seems confident behind the camera, she directs her cast of name actors at too high a pitch. It becomes exhausting to watch their near-manic singing, dancing, and playing games.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
79% Past Life (2017) As the sisters lead them to desperately seek a path to forgiveness and peace for all concerned, Nesher expertly builds suspense while echoing and reinforcing their quest with the film's hauntingly beautiful musical choices.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2016
100% Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah) (2016) A smart, charming, and bittersweet tale about the Kingdom's millennial generation and their take on the social and political restrictions that stand in the way of meeting and mingling with the opposite sex.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2016
71% The Tenth Man (El rey del Once) (2016) This low-key romantic comedy marks a return to one of Burman's oft-repeated themes -- a son coming to grips with his relationship with his father -- and to the setting of one of his most successful features, Lost Embrace.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
71% The Model (2016) A shallow but good-looking soap opera-like drama set in the world of high fashion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2016
No Score Yet Normal Autistic Film (2016) A beautifully crafted, intimate, and revealing observational portrait of five youngsters with Asperger's Syndrome.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2016
No Score Yet Wolf and Sheep (2016) Although more compelling on a visual level than a narrative one, the movie represents an enticing festival and niche event item, as well as a vision of Sadat's homeland that is far different from what the media normally depicts.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
78% American Honey (2016) While some viewers may find the film's length (162 minutes) and a certain repetitiveness off-putting, it gives Arnold scope to capture the spontaneity and rawness of their lifestyle.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) A fearless, tour-de-force performance by star Paprika Steen is the main attraction of the Danish drama Applause, about an abrasive, alcoholic actress trying to regain control of her life and custody of her young sons.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2016