Film Review: Leave No Trace

There are no villains in Leave No Trace. When Will (Ben Foster) and his daughter Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), who have been living in solitude in the wilderness, are finally discovered by park rangers and arrested, they’re not being punished. The rangers and social workers, more than just doing their job—it is illegal, after all, … Continue reading Film Review: Leave No Trace

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Criterion Month: Taste of Cherry

(Note: This review contains spoilers.) Taste of Cherry starts slow, with a man driving around in circles, stopping every now and then to talk to people on the street. After the title card, he gives a lift to a young soldier walking back to his barracks. They talk. Badii, the driver, has a job offer. … Continue reading Criterion Month: Taste of Cherry

Film Review: Let the Sunshine In

(Note: This review contains spoilers.) Actress Juliette Binoche and director Claire Denis team up for the first time with Let the Sunshine In, inexplicably billed as an arthouse romantic comedy. It’s an art film, and it’s about romance, but you won’t find many, if any, laughs. The film explores the heartache of a middle-aged painter, Isabelle … Continue reading Film Review: Let the Sunshine In