Film Reviews

Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods: A lifetime of war

By Hiram Lee, 2 July 2020

Four African-American veterans of the Vietnam War return to present-day Vietnam to recover the remains of a fallen comrade. Buried with him is a cache of gold bars worth millions.

British actor Ian Holm (1931–2020): Classical performance adapted for the screen

By Paul Bond, 27 June 2020

It is difficult not to see his subsequent representation of a character’s inner life as being drawn from his family background.

Antigone from Canada recounts the struggle of an immigrant youth to defend her brother against state violence

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 June 2020

Unlike insipid mainstream Canadian cinema, Antigone deals honestly with critical issues such as the oppression of immigrants, police violence, a mounting youth revolt and, to some extent, social inequality.

Quebec film distributors censor Roman Polanski’s J’accuse

By Louis Girard, 20 June 2020

Yielding to the anti-democratic #MeToo campaign, distributors in Quebec refused to buy the rights to Polanski’s remarkable film about the Dreyfus Affair.

Seven Days in May (1964): When American filmmaking envisioned a military coup

By Joanne Laurier and David Walsh, 19 June 2020

Directed by John Frankenheimer and featuring Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Fredric March, the film envisions an attempt to overthrow constitutional rule in the US. Where do we stand 56 years later?

Abel Ferrara’s Tommaso: The only clouds on the horizon are personal ones

By Erik Schreiber, 18 June 2020

Ferrara’s latest semiautobiographical film focuses on certain of the director’s fixations with hardly any reference to the larger, convulsive world.

The BBC’s Sitting in Limbo: Compelling dramatization of the anti-migrant Windrush scandal

By Margot Miller, 17 June 2020

Vicious measures were introduced in the aftermath of the 2008 banking crash and subsequent bailout to try and divide the working class by scapegoating ethnic minorities and migrants for the austerity that followed.

True History of the Kelly Gang: Little resemblance to the real story

By Jason Quill and Richard Phillips, 13 June 2020

Justin Kurzel’s film is the 16th about the late 19th century Australian bushranger and anti-establishment outlaw.

Homecoming, Season 2: The menacing “giant” that is the US military-industrial complex

By David Walsh, 12 June 2020

The second season of Homecoming, the web television series about US corporate-military criminality, premiered on Amazon Prime Video on May 22.

Baghdad Central on Hulu: Where is the outrage?

By Joanne Laurier, 10 June 2020

Baghdad Central, a six-part series on Hulu, is a crime drama set in the wake of the 2003 US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Italian actress Lucia Bosè (1931-2020), Rome 11:00 and the social dimensions of a tragedy

By Hiram Lee, 9 June 2020

Italian actress Lucia Bosè died March 23 from complications related to COVID-19. She was 89 and living in Segovia, Spain at the time of her death. Bosè got her start in the Italian neorealist movement, known for its dramatizations of the lives of the poor and working class.

All Day and a Night: Life in prison to look forward to

By Kevin Martinez, 8 June 2020

Although no doubt well-intentioned and containing realistic elements, the film, unfortunately, follows a rather predictable path.

Uncut Gems: How to win bets and alienate people

By Erik Schreiber, 6 June 2020

The latest film from the Safdie brothers has much momentum, but little insight into its grasping protagonist or his tawdry world.

Unorthodox: Netflix series tells story of young woman’s flight from Hasidic community in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 3 June 2020

Esty Shapiro, a 19-year-old unhappily married woman in Brooklyn, leaves her Jewish ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, traveling to Berlin to find her mother and begin a new life.

Singer Johnny Cash’s first wife: My Darling Vivian shows us the woman who walked the line

By Erik Schreiber, 29 May 2020

An often-touching documentary recounts how Cash’s first wife coped with unwanted media attention, her husband’s increasing emotional distance and racist threats.

“Lost our connection after the war”

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band—a documentary film

By James Brewer, 25 May 2020

Robbie Robertson: “The story of the Band is beautiful. It was so beautiful it went up in flames.”

Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York: A little more of an edge than usual

By David Walsh, 16 May 2020

Disgracefully, A Rainy Day in New York has been suppressed in the US. The film was completed in 2018, but Amazon Studios refused to distribute it.

The thievery in Bad Education: Capitalism “is the villain more than any one individual”

By Joanne Laurier, 11 May 2020

Bad Education on HBO concerns the largest embezzlement scandal in the public education system in US history, in Roslyn, Long Island, a crime that came to light in 2004.

Ricky Gervais’ After Life: To be or not to be, that’s one of the questions

By David Walsh, 9 May 2020

Tony Johnson (Gervais) is devastated by the death of his beloved wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman) from breast cancer. He finds it difficult to carry on with life and frequently contemplates suicide.

Resistance and The Resistance Banker: Dramas of the struggle against Nazism

By Joanne Laurier, 1 May 2020

The crimes of the Nazis, the greatest ever committed against humanity, generated some of the noblest and most self-sacrificing actions in the struggle against their barbarism.

BBC Panorama exposes government responsibility for UK health worker deaths

By Thomas Scripps, 29 April 2020

Using documents from within the NHS supply chain, the investigation rips apart ministers’ claims to have provided 1 billion items of personal protective equipment in the last two months.

The Innocence Files on Netflix: Freeing frame-up victims from prison

By Joanne Laurier, 27 April 2020

The production of and interest in the nine-part documentary are part of the growing opposition in the US both to the death penalty and to mass incarceration.

Star Trek: Picard—The prospects of an aging icon

By Lee Parsons, 18 April 2020

Set late in the 24th century, Star Trek: Picard concluded its 10-episode season in March to generally favourable reviews, if a mixed reception from the faithful.

Curtiz: A film about the filming of Casablanca in 1942

By David Walsh, 17 April 2020

Michael Curtiz was one of the most prolific, talented directors in history, with some 180 films to his credit—a third of them made in his native Hungary and other European countries by the time he emigrated to the US in 1926.

A conversation with Mark Harris, director of Black & Privileged

By Nick Barrickman, 11 April 2020

The World Socialist Web Site spoke last week to the Chicago-based director and discussed issues related to his recent film.

Colewell: The people and places in America that don’t count

By Joanne Laurier, 10 April 2020

Colewell follows Karen Allen as Nora, a postal clerk in a fictitious rural Pennsylvania town. The one-person post office is the center of her existence and has been for numerous decades.

Black & Privileged: Poor African Americans “intrude” on an affluent Chicago neighborhood

By Nick Barrickman, 4 April 2020

Mark Harris’s television film tells the story of a middle-class black community “disrupted” when low-income people are forced to move in.

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 5

Strike or Die and several shorts: Filipiñana, Union County, Huntsville Station: A renewed interest in workers’ lives

By Verena Nees, 30 March 2020

This year’s Berlinale showed films featuring workers and their families as central characters who, despite oppressive living conditions, exhibit self-confidence, pride and a degree of rebellious spirit.

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 4

My Little Sister, Kids Run, Running on Empty and Sleep speak to growing social tensions and persisting historical nightmares

By Bernd Reinhardt, 24 March 2020

In recent years, a small minority of the middle class have successfully pursued their careers and become wealthy while a large majority directly confront poverty. This polarisation also applies to the art and film world.

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3

Curveball—Germany’s role in the Iraq war—and the horrors of the concentration camp in Persian Lessons

By Stefan Steinberg, 18 March 2020

Johannes Naber’s film is a political satire rooted firmly in evidence researched by the director and his team. Vadim Perelman’s work follows a man who has to invent an entire language to survive.

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 2

Speer Goes to Hollywood: A wake-up call about the danger of trivialising Nazi crimes

By Verena Nees, 11 March 2020

The title of Vanessa Lapa’s documentary, Speer Goes to Hollywood, and its tagline, “The Unbelievable Second Career of the Good Nazi,” are enough to stop one in one’s tracks.

Push: An exposure of financial parasitism and the global housing crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 7 March 2020

The film exposes the criminal role of the finance industry, aided and abetted by an army of lawyers, advisors and not least governments, in evicting people and jacking up rents after giving properties a superficial makeover.

Roman Polanski gets César for best director for J’Accuse, in repudiation of #MeToo

By Alex Lantier, 29 February 2020

The French Film Academy openly defied demands from the #MeToo movement and President Emmanuel Macron’s government not to give Polanski an award.

70th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1

Some tantalising glimpses of social reality

By Verena Nees, 28 February 2020

The 70th Berlinale offers an interesting program, including a significant number of films dealing with the current, tense social situation.

Michael Winterbottom’s Greed: A searing indictment of the super-rich

By Thomas Scripps, 26 February 2020

Greed offers a sharp and often funny critique of the impact on society of rule by a criminal financial oligarchy, and deserves a wide audience.

Echo in the Canyon: The “California sound” of the mid-1960s

By Joanne Laurier, 24 February 2020

Echo in the Canyon, a documentary, celebrates the music and performers who came out of Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon neighborhood in the mid-1960s.

Claire Mercer speaks on the campaign to abolish UK smart motorways—Part 1

By Robert Stevens, 19 February 2020

Claire Mercer is leading a fight to end the use of “smart motorways” after her husband, Jason, was tragically killed on a smart motorway near Sheffield, on June 7, 2019.

#MeToo collaborates with fascistic forces to block showing of Polanski’s film J’Accuse

By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2020

Allied with the reactionary Macron government, #MeToo demands the censorship of Polanski’s brilliant account of the anti-Semitic frame-up of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, which was a seminal event in modern French history.

John Pilger’s The Dirty War on the National Health Service screening on Australia’s SBS this Sunday

By our reporters, 15 February 2020

The WSWS urges all our readers to watch this powerful documentary on SBS television, at 8.30 p.m. Sunday night, February 16.

BBC Panorama exposes rising death toll on UK’s “smart motorways”

By Paul Bond, 14 February 2020

Smart motorways were introduced in a cost-cutting measure, as a means of easing congestion without expanding the existing road network—by turning the hard shoulder of conventional motorways into a live traffic lane.

The King: A film drama (insufficiently) inspired by Shakespeare’s work

By Joanne Laurier, 14 February 2020

The King is a Netflix historical drama broadly tracing the life of Henry V (1386–1422), with a certain anti-war coloring.

A comment on American Factory, the award-winning documentary

By Lily Zhao, 12 February 2020

The work won in the best documentary feature category at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. It was the first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions.

On the eve of the Academy Awards ceremony

New York Times’ Wesley Morris complains that eight of the films nominated for Best Picture “are about white people”

By David Walsh, 8 February 2020

Morris, the ideological product of decades of selfish identity politics, espouses a thoroughly racialist interpretation of history and culture. He seemingly cannot perceive anything else aside from race.

Advocate (2019): “An angry, optimistic woman” in pursuit of justice for the Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 4 February 2020

Advocate exposes the bankruptcy of the pursuit of justice for the Palestinians through the Israeli courts.

Michael Apted’s 63 Up: The ninth film in the remarkable series

By Kevin Martinez, 3 February 2020

The British documentary “Up” series has followed the lives of a group of Britons from age seven up to the present, when they are now all 63. The latest film provides insights into not only their lives, but the nature of the postwar period.

Steven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird: Sports and racial politics

By Joanne Laurier, 1 February 2020

Steven Soderbergh’s latest film High Flying Bird concerns itself with a fictional National Basketball Association (NBA) lockout, but is essentially an accommodation to identity politics.

“This ain’t a nice place to be: This ain’t Belmarsh, it’s Hellmarsh”

ITV documentary reveals conditions in prison holding WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

By Paul Bond, 30 January 2020

Despite going unmentioned, Assange’s deteriorating health and the concerns of independent medical professionals about his effective solitary confinement in the health care unit hung silently over the programme.

Weathering With You: Climate change and fatalism

By Matthew MacEgan, 23 January 2020

Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime film is the Japanese entry for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit: A child’s-eye view of the Nazis’ crimes

By Stefan Steinberg, 22 January 2020

The film is an adaptation of the book by Judith Kerr, the German-born British writer, published in 1971 and the first part of her Out of the Hitler Time trilogy.

Little Women: The new film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s famed work

By David Walsh, 20 January 2020

Greta Gerwig has directed the latest and a generally conscientious film adaptation of Alcott’s novel about four sisters and their parents during the Civil War era.

Sam Mendes’ 1917: A technological step forward, several ideological and artistic steps back

By Joanne Laurier, 17 January 2020

1917, directed by British filmmaker Sam Mendes, recounts a fictionalized episode set during World War I. Failing to indict those responsible for the carnage or explore its context, the movie does not qualify as an anti-war film.

Left-wing British film and television producer Tony Garnett dead at 83

By our reporter, 16 January 2020

Garnett’s career spanned 50 years, but he is identified above all with one of the most significant and creative periods in the history of television drama in the UK.

The 2020 Academy Award nominations: A generally weak, if unsurprising showing

By David Walsh, 15 January 2020

The nominations as a whole reflect the combination of strong commercial pressure, Hollywood liberal views and limited artistic tastes that generally dominate the Academy Awards.

Bombshell invents a ruling-class hero

By Erik Schreiber, 11 January 2020

To present former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly as a truth-teller and role model, Bombshell minimizes Kelly’s right-wing views and largely ignores her employer’s role in promoting them.

The Kill Team: Are US military atrocities in Afghanistan just the work of a few “bad apples”?

By Joanne Laurier, 10 January 2020

The film is a fictionalized version of the events known as the Maywand District murders, the killing and mutilation of unarmed Afghan civilians carried out by American soldiers in 2010.

At the Golden Globes awards ceremony: Comic Ricky Gervais causes a stir

By David Walsh, 9 January 2020

Gervais ruffled some feathers in Hollywood and the media, most of which deserved to be ruffled, on Sunday night at the Golden Globes awards ceremony.

An interview with film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum: “I’m trying to do something aesthetic through criticism”

By David Walsh, 6 January 2020

The WSWS recently spoke to Jonathan Rosenbaum, the longtime film critic for the Chicago Reader and author of numerous books on filmmaking.

Just Mercy: The cruelty of Alabama’s death penalty

By Joanne Laurier, 6 January 2020

The film is based on Bryan Stevenson’s bestselling 2014 memoir, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. It dramatizes Stevenson’s courageous efforts to reverse death penalty sentences in Alabama.

Best films and television of 2019 and the decade

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 31 December 2019

The difficulties and obstacles confronting the sensitive and thoughtful artist in our day should not be underestimated or regarded unsympathetically.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—All the gimmicks to rake in the revenue

By Matthew MacEgan, 27 December 2019

December 2019 saw the end of the “Skywalker Saga” with the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise of films.

Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life: An Austrian farmer’s lonely defiance of the Nazis

By Fred Mazelis, 24 December 2019

An important subject is treated with the generally mystical-religious outlook for which Terrence Malick has become known.

The Revolution and the Land: Peruvian documentary about agrarian reform in the 1960s and ’70s attracts great interest

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 23 December 2019

The documentary brings to life the centuries-long exploitation of the indigenous Peruvian peasantry, but fails to provide a coherent political analysis of the rise and fall of Gen. Velasco’s regime.

Marriage Story: Noah Baumbach, self-involvement and the divorce racket

By David Walsh, 21 December 2019

Marriage Story, now streaming on Netflix after a brief theatrical release, is the account of a divorce between a theater director and an actress set in Los Angeles and New York.

The death of Anna Karina at 79—the actress featured in Jean-Luc Godard’s films in the 1960s

By David Walsh, 17 December 2019

Anna Karina, the Danish-born actress indelibly associated above all with the early films of French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard, died Saturday at a Paris hospital from cancer.

Queen & Slim: An African-American couple on the run

By Joanne Laurier, 14 December 2019

In Queen & Slim, a racist white policeman is killed in the act of assaulting two young black people. Relying on certain aspects of reality, the film creates a largely mythological picture to justify a strand of rabid identity politics.

Twin Flower, about the refugee crisis, from Italy—and Midnight Family, about poverty and health care, from Mexico

By Joanne Laurier, 12 December 2019

Two adolescents—one an African refugee—find themselves in painful straits in Twin Flower. Midnight Family focuses on a family in Mexico eking out a meager existence by driving its own private ambulance.

Dark Waters: American capitalism poisons its population

By Joanne Laurier, 9 December 2019

Todd Haynes’ Dark Waters is a retelling of the nearly 20-year legal battle against the massive toxic chemical contamination of Parkersburg, West Virginia by the DuPont chemical company.

260 John Pilger documentary film on UK National Health Service

9 December 2019

Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables: French youth in revolt

By David Walsh, 4 December 2019

Ly’s work, with its strengths and weaknesses, is an honest effort to confront the wretched reality prevailing in the working-class suburbs (banlieues) surrounding Paris.

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman: A gangster’s life and claims

By Kevin Martinez and David Walsh, 3 December 2019

Scorsese’s new film The Irishman sets out to dramatize the life of Frank Sheeran, a member of a Pennsylvania crime family and a Teamsters union official. On his deathbed, Sheeran “confessed” to having killed Jimmy Hoffa.

Scott Z. Burns’ The Report  exposes CIA torture, then absolves the Democrats

By Joanne Laurier, 29 November 2019

The Report is a film dramatization of the events surrounding the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into and writing of a report on pervasive CIA torture under the Bush administration.

Ford v Ferrari: Life at high speed

By Joanne Laurier, 27 November 2019

Ford v Ferrari recounts Ford Motor Company’s bid to unseat Ferrari as the reigning champion of Le Mans in the 1960s. The Professor and the Madman tells the fascinating story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary .

Atlantics: The cruel fate of African youth

By Joanne Laurier, 22 November 2019

An eerie, haunting film, Mati Diop’s Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story deals fantastically with Senegalese youth lost at sea as they undertake lengthy, dangerous trips to Europe for economic reasons—and those they leave behind.

J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy): Roman Polanski’s masterpiece on the Dreyfus Affair

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2019

Director Roman Polanski’s J’accuse recounts the 12-year struggle to clear Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish officer unjustly convicted of spying for Germany in 1894.

Michael Winterbottom’s Greed: A searing indictment of the super-rich

By Thomas Scripps, 18 November 2019

Greed offers a sharp and often funny critique of the impact on society of rule by a criminal financial oligarchy and deserves a wide audience.

Parasite: An unusual director with his antenna attuned to social class

The Lighthouse: A gothic horror film

By Joanne Laurier, 16 November 2019

Parasite is a dark comedy from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho that concerns itself with income inequality and its implications. The Lighthouse is a pointless horror film set in the late 1800s in New England.

Harbor (Jeter l’ancre un seul jour): A young refugee in need finds allies

By David Walsh, 15 November 2019

In 23-year-old Paul Marques Duarte’s short film, a teacher helps “smuggle” an undocumented immigrant from France to England on board a ferry.

Filmmaker Errol Morris provides the extreme-right’s Stephen Bannon a platform in American Dharma

By David Walsh, 11 November 2019

All in all, Morris treats Bannon with kid gloves.

Jojo Rabbit: A misguided comedy about Nazis

Edward Norton’s neo-film noir, Motherless Brooklyn

By Joanne Laurier, 8 November 2019

Jojo Rabbit is a would-be satirical comedy about Nazi Germany. Set in 1957, Motherless Brooklyn follows a gumshoe protagonist with Tourette syndrome on the trail of crimes that lead directly to New York’s City Hall.

Pain and Glory from Spain’s Pedro Almodóvar

By David Walsh, 6 November 2019

The new film treats the crisis of a famous Spanish filmmaker, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), who has ceased being able to create. Salvador suffers from a variety of physical and psychic maladies.

Judy: Singer-actress Judy Garland’s sad fate brought to the screen

And Harriet: A film biography of abolitionist Harriet Tubman

By Joanne Laurier, 4 November 2019

Judy Garland was one of the most beloved entertainers in the US and internationally in the 20th century. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s remarkable life deserves a more profound treatment.

The Current War: Director’s Cut—About Thomas Edison, electricity and the 1880s

By Joanne Laurier, 28 October 2019

The film, originally screened in 2017, fell victim to the scandal surrounding its producer, Harvey Weinstein.

Cézanne and I (Cézanne et moi): The relationship of painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Émile Zola

By David Walsh, 24 October 2019

The lives and times of these two extremely complex artists inevitably raise a host of issues.

Sealed Lips: Dramatizing the Stalinist origins of the former East Germany

By Bernd Reinhardt and Verena Nees, 21 October 2019

Director Bernd Böhlich raises the “birth defect” issue of the GDR, i.e., its silence on the Stalinist purges, primarily directed at leading Bolsheviks, particularly Leon Trotsky and many German Communists.

Joker: An unenlightening approach to serious problems

By Carlos Delgado, 9 October 2019

The film attempts to treat a number of critical social issues, but falls short of making much sense of them.

Where’s My Roy Cohn?: A documentary on McCarthy’s right-hand man, mentor to Trump

By Fred Mazelis, 7 October 2019

There are definite reasons why Cohn remained influential almost to the end of his life, and why he remains a potent symbol long after his death.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 6

Youth in revolt: Les Misérables—and other films: Made in Bangladesh, Mariam, Rocks, Desert One

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

Les Misérables takes place today in the impoverished Paris suburb that was also a setting in Victor Hugo’s famed novel. Made in Bangladesh proposes that unions are the answer to the exploitation of millions of textile workers.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019

An interview with Ladj Ly, director of Les Misérables: “Victor Hugo described the social misery perfectly”

By David Walsh, 2 October 2019

The WSWS spoke to French-Malian film director Ladj Ly in Toronto during the film festival.

The Peterloo massacre and Shelley

Part 1: The aftermath of the massacre and the responses

By Paul Bond, 30 September 2019

The massacre elicited an immediate and furious response from the working class and sections of middle-class radicals, and an astonishing outpouring of work from the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 5

Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat—on the Panama Papers—and The Goldfinch—the aftermath of a terror attack

Along with a valuable film adaptation of Jack London’s Martin Eden and The Traitor, a Mafia drama

By David Walsh, 28 September 2019

Soderbergh discards his generally non-committal stance in The Laundromat, offering a fairly withering critique of global corporate tax evasion and the financial elite generally.

Ad Astra: Traveling long distances but not getting very far

By Joanne Laurier, 27 September 2019

Featuring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones, Ad Astra is a space odyssey in which an astronaut son searches for his long-lost astronaut father.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 4

The Report exposes CIA torture, then absolves the Democrats

Also Just Mercy, Harriet, Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You…

By Joanne Laurier, 24 September 2019

The Report is a dramatization of the events surrounding the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into and writing of a report on pervasive CIA torture under the Bush administration.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 3

The personal and social tragedy of “dark periods”: Ibrahim: A Fate to Define, South Terminal, My English Cousin, 1982

By David Walsh, 20 September 2019

Lina Al Abed’s film, Ibrahim: A Fate to Define, grapples with complex issues arising from the history of the Palestinian struggle. South Terminal treats Algeria in the “dark years” of the 1990s.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 2

Love Child, Hearts and Bones, Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story—Some of the social traumas of our time

By Joanne Laurier, 18 September 2019

In different ways, filmmakers are trying to come to terms with certain harsh realities. Love Child, Hearts and Bones and Atlantics: A Ghost Love Story are sincere efforts.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019

An interview with director Eva Mulvad: “You can…come a bit closer to having a more rounded understanding of the world”

By Joanne Laurier, 18 September 2019

The WSWS spoke in Toronto to Eva Mulvad, Danish filmmaker and director of Love Child, about an Iranian refugee family in Turkey and its problems.

Official Secrets: A whistleblower attempts to prevent the Iraq War

By Tim Avery, 13 September 2019

The intensely relevant film is based on the true story of Katharine Gun, who leaked a memo exposing the criminality of the preparations for war against Iraq and was charged by the British government under the Official Secrets Act.

Toronto International Film Festival 2019: Part 1

Paris Stalingrad: The plight of refugees in the French capital, once “one of the best cities”

By David Walsh, 11 September 2019

It already seems possible to assert that the most interesting and serious films at this year’s event concern immigrants and refugees and conditions in the Middle East and North Africa.

An interview with Hind Meddeb, director of Paris Stalingrad: “It’s not a film about refugees, it’s a film about human beings”

By David Walsh, 11 September 2019

The documentary focuses on the plight of asylum seekers on the streets of the French capital

Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A creative “genius” suppresses herself

By David Walsh, 30 August 2019

Bernadette Fox is at odds with her conventional, upper-middle-class environment. She doesn’t care to leave her house much, although the roof leaks badly in various places. She has an antagonistic relationship with a neighbor.

The Photographer of Mauthausen: Documenting Nazi crimes in a wartime concentration camp

By Benjamin Mateus, 28 August 2019

The film is based on the story of Francesc Boix, a left-wing Catalan militant held during World War II at the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp complex in Austria.