Crisis

Crisis (2021)

After text promising a film “inspired by true events”, Crisis opens with a young man – a boy, really – hiking in the snow near the Canadian border, when he is surrounded, chased and apprehended by an overwhelming cordon of police. Cedric Beauville (Charles Champagne) was transporting bagfuls of green pills – fentanyl, an opioid…

No Mouth

Girl With No Mouth (Peri: Agzi Olmayan Kiz) (2019)

Girl With No Mouth (Peri: Agzi Olmayan Kiz) first published by EyeforFilm Turkish director/co-writer Can Evrenol’s feature debut Baskin (2015) and his second film Housewife (2017) both used imagery from horror and (literal) cult to delve into the disturbed psyches of their protagonists (respectively male and female). His latest, Girl With No Mouth (Peri: Agzi…

Whistleblower

The Whistleblower (Chui shao ren) (2019)

The Whistleblower first published by Sight & Sound, February 2020 Review: After a one-night stand with old flame Siliang (Tang Wei) – whose hotel bedroom is festooned with paintings of Salome and Medusa as (unheeded) warnings that this femme is very much of the fatale kind – Melbourne-based company PR and family man Mark (Lei…

The East (2013)

Review first published by Film4. Synopsis: Follow-up to Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling’s The Sound Of My Voice converts the politics of anti-corporate extremism into engaging genre thrills. Review: From Deep Cover (1992) to Donnie Brasco (1997), from Infernal Affairs (2002) to TV’s The Americans (2013), our screens are full of stories involving undercover agents…