Personal Shopper – VIFF 2016 Review


Olivier Assayas’ latest film, Personal Shopper, is an eccentric ghost story, expertly told, and gauging by the up-and-down reception it garnered at Cannes earlier this year (frequent boos followed by a standing ovation) it’s fair to say that this film is also something of a misunderstood masterpiece. Teaming for a second time with with the […]

Suntan – VIFF 2016 Review


Suntan is the third feature film after Bank Bag (2008) and Wasted Youth (2011) from Greek director Argyris Papadimitropoulos, and it’s a dark doozy. Kostis (Efthymis Papadimitriou) is a 42-year-old doctor who has just arrived at Antiparos, a Cycladic Greek island with a winter population hovering around 800 folks. Disembarking from the ferry, he’s the […]

Elle – VIFF 2016 Review


You’d think by age 78 that firebrand Dutch director Paul Verhoeven would venture less into areas most filmmakers would never dare, but you’d be wrong. With Elle, Verhoeven’s first film in a decade, a rape-revenge fantasy thriller unfolds with generous drops of comedy and subtlety. While many filmmakers have explored and exploited similar transgressive territory, […]

The Girl With All The Gifts – VIFF 2016 Review


Scottish director Colm McCarthy (perhaps best known for his work on Sherlock and Peaky Blinders) offers up a tense, intelligent, and chillingly provocative British horror film in The Girl With All The Gifts. Ably assisted by screenwriter Mike Carey, adapting his own bestseller from 2014, their film takes the elaborately overdone zombie genre and resuscitates […]