Dan Fainaru

Dan Fainaru
Dan Fainaru's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Screen International
Publications: Screen International

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T-Meter Title | Year
67% Ten no Chasuke (Chasuke's Journey) (2015) Trying to make sense or find reasons for the various proceedings can only have confusing results. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
63% The Fourth Direction (Chauthi Koot) (2016) While the plot's moral code is fairly obvious, Singh's directorial choices are often remarkably effective...Unfortunately, the pace inflicted on the above risks alienating viewers to the point where 30 minutes less would be so much more. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Having to deal constantly with an ample text and subtitling in which every word counts, one can't help wishing, every once in a while, for a chance to rewind and listen again. That, unfortunately, is not an option open to cinema audiences. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2018
86% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) Kore-Eda's approach to a kind of Law and Order concept may take his followers by surprise but should ultimately satisfy most, once they realise they are in for a new type of experience. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
94% Foxtrot (2018) Though it is all about mourning and loss, Maoz' script reaches way beyond, unveiling in each one of his leading characters deep layers of past guilt that might have never been revealed in normal circumstances. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
75% Longing (2018) Entertaining and moving, it never quite exploits the potential of its hallucinatory ending, leaving the audience to fill in the gaps instead. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
100% Directions (Posoki) (2017) A bleak insight into modern-day Bulgaria. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
88% The Workshop (L'atelier) (2018) Part social survey, part political documentary, with the potential flicker of a love story and the touch of a thriller. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
83% Barbara (2017) When everything is said and done, Barbara fans will love it, even if the rest may well wonder what is it all about. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
94% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Spivak and Rozin play the dysfunctional couple to the hilt, but each in his own way, she much tougher and hard, he softer and more restrained. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
91% The Teacher (Ucitelka) (2017) Maurery handles her character, a nasty piece of work to be sure, with such natural aplomb that she makes Mrs Drazdechova not only perfectly credible but pretty scary too. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
No Score Yet Highway (2012) What's left are best intentions squandered on a sadly unoriginal plot -- or more accurately put, plots -- which unfold in a disorganised and too often manipulated manner, leaving viewers indifferent and apathetic to it all. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) As economical in his visual style as he is with his dialogue, Kaurismaki makes the most out of having his actors do the least. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
No Score Yet Requiem for Mrs.J (Rekvijem za gospodju J) (2017) Holding the picture together, Karanovic is a consummate performer who never steps out of her role, her face a mask of bewildered defeat at things she cannot comprehend or care for anymore. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
20% Wild Mouse (Wilde Maus) (2017) The plot gradually falls apart into a series of sketches whose points are often dulled by self-indulgence, thin characters or a lack of dramatic coherence. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
85% Afterimage (Powidoki) (2017) This is an essential addition to the tragic cultural history of the communist era in Eastern Europe and the disasters wrecked by this totalitarian rule. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2016
93% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) A surprisingly refreshing, smart, intelligent and often entertaining, tongue-in-cheek take on the nature of family bonds, using references from the Old and the New Testament. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2016
83% The Fixer (Fixeur) (2016) [An] earnest but overstated social drama whose real point of interest and its most interesting part remains the authentic case on which it is based. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
No Score Yet Kor (2016) Demirkubuz manages to lead this trio through a maze of suspicions, fears, psychological uncertainties and social pressures, never entirely spelled out but made clear enough by each character's conduct. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2016
100% As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) (2016) Despite the constant arguments between Farah and her mother, their relationship remains the closest, warmest and the most touching feature of the entire film. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2016
83% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) Chemla is a perfect choice for the lead, whether she is exuding happy expectancy from life as a young girl, stubbornly standing by her hopelessly spoiled brat when she shouldn't, or gradually losing her mind towards the end. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2016
86% The Wedding Plan (2017) It is pleasant to watch, needs a much stronger structure to hold it together, but mature audiences - especially with some affinity to Jewish traditions - should enjoy it. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
84% Fatima (2016) Philippe Faucon's praiseworthy Fatima tackles the fate of North African immigrants desperately trying to find their place in a French society which seems less than enthusiastic to acquire them with open arms or on equal terms. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2016
82% Fidelio, Alice's Journey (2015) Sending a woman around the world to find her anchor may be a nice concept to begin with, but the script of... Fidelio - Alice's Journey lacks the necessary structure to sustain it all through or lead it securely into safe harbour. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2016
95% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) This portrait of parental dilemma which erupts out of the blue but is deeply anchored in Romanian soil is a universal story which brings with it strong prospects for both prestige and market success. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
89% Lamb (2015) Far removed from the prettified, exotic look of a National Geographic trip to deep Africa, Zeleke offers a full scale, detailed portrait of the Ethiopian village at a time when the entire country was starving. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
92% Sieranevada (2016) Offers not only a masterful portrait of the contemporary Romanian middle-class but also a whole set of smart, perceptive reflections on the relativity of truth, on the failings of memory, the interpretation of history, the significance of religion ... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
85% The Chosen Ones (Las elegidas) (2015) [The film] has very little that is original or perceptive to say on a subject that needs far more incisive treatment. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2016
82% Chevalier (2016) Less like a drama than a statement, Chevalier's characters do not grow but diminish. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2016
91% Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016) It may not qualify as a movie entertainment in the full sense of the word, but it is most certainly an edifying picture of social stagnation at its saddest. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
91% Virgin Mountain (Fúsi) (2015) Dagur Kari, true to his own brand of humour, keeps it all simple and straightforward. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
91% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) Jia's plot itself can look like a series of arbitrary choices whose only purpose is to convey the director's allegorical intentions. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
88% The Club (El Club) (2016) Looks a little too much like a self-motivated settling of accounts, terribly angry and lacking a perspective that would put it all into the right context. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
94% 600 Miles (2015) Ripstein's direction shows little interest in the details of the plot, but is far more successful when underlining the unbearable ease of acquiring arms in any American shop and taking them over the border to Mexico. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2015
No Score Yet Three Windows And A Hanging (2014) [Three Windows And A Hanging] could fit not only its Kosovo background and recent history but more places around the globe than one would like to think of. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2015
73% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Richly detailed, sensitively played and cleverly mounted. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
86% Office (Hua li shang ban zu) (2015) The result is a marvel spread over several levels. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2015
20% An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) (2014) One thing An Eye For Beauty is not about is authentic human beings. Most of the characters seem to belong to a Teflon race and the lead more than anyone else. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2015
97% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) Writer/director Anna Muylaert manages to never put a foot wrong and deliver a lively and very likeable comedy. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2015
91% 24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008) Jia purposely refrains from voicing any opinions here and its authenticity may be arguable, but if pure fiction is so often taken as historical testimony, why shouldn't half-fiction qualify for the same honours? - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2015
84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) She may divide critical opinion, but Naomi Kawase's fans will great An with open arms ... - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
94% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Kore-Eda's film is more than the beautifully luminous faces of his actresses, the particular way they move and speak, or the lovely landscapes of Kamakura, even though all of these should be admired. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
69% The Princess Of France (2015) True, no one is given a chance to shine or develop their part, but this goes with the territory. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2015
83% Tonnerre (2014) Neither the characters nor the plot are sufficiently substantial to carry the film and the actors seem uncertain about their roles and what is expected of them. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2015
No Score Yet Torneranno I Prati (2014) Olmi, who will soon be 84, may have never been a great storyteller, but very few filmmakers can hold a candle to his talent as a mood setter. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
45% L'intrepido (2015) More concerned with re-enforcing its arguments than using them to move ahead, the film, just like its hero, seems quite pleased to stay in one place all through. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
82% 1001 Grams (2015) A very humane story, alternately sad and smiling, fashioned with the utmost care, unfolding stately at a calculated pace that underlines the subtle humour lying just under the surface. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
70% Marie's Story (2015) Jean-Pierre Ameris' new film reads pretty much like a softer, religious version of The Miracle Worker and while never attempting to match Arthur Penn's tense dramatic punch, he prefers a far more pastoral, less methodical approach. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
84% Far from Men (2015) In all fairness, Albert Camus' short story L'hote (The Guest) may be too spare and lean to fill a full-length feature film. But also in all fairness, it captures its issues in a far more concise and eloquent manner then David Oelhoffen's film. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
52% A Second Chance (En chance til) (2015) Only few will go along with this notion and even fewer will tolerate the manner in which this premise is presented. - Screen International EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2015