‘Nomadland’ review – Chloé Zhao’s intimate portrait of nomads is possibly the best picture of 2020

As I watched Chloé Zhao’s delightfully slow-born Nomadland, I quickly reminisced about British filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s 2016 film American Honey. A film that spoke about counterculture in the nation, it was an innately American story narrated deftly by a non-native filmmaker. This is also the case with Nomadland, a film […]

‘Another Round’ review – Gallons of alcohol fuel Thomas Vinterberg’s intoxicating drama

Thomas Vinterberg’s cinema is one-of-a-kind. If we happen to observe his short yet vivid filmography, the Dogme95-founding filmmaker’s style is distinctively auteurial, even when the stories happen to be adaptations or are based on real events. Vinterberg is known to marry dark themes onto deeply emotional templates without veering into […]

‘Cowboys’ review – Anna Kerrigan’s genre-bending debut is all about raising a queer child

There is something alarmingly earnest about Anna Kerrigan’s debut feature outing Cowboys. How would one, a conservative parent, react when his/her child turns out to be gender-nonconforming. We are talking about a child, not a teenager facing the so-called hormonal fluctuations. The mom is in denial and the dad attempts […]

‘Summer of 85’ review – François Ozon’s queer romance leaves a distinct sense of déjà vu

Seconds into François Ozon’s Summer of 85, the cat is let out of the bag. Teenager Alexis alias Alex (Félix Lefebvre) – the protagonist and the narrator – is in trouble linking to the death of someone close, presumably his lover. New to Normandy, Alex is capsized while sailing in […]