Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On (2021)

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On first published by VODzilla.co, 17 Jun 2023 In the past, whenever couple Mark (Thomas Mann) and Larissa (Rose Salazar) got into a shouting match, the shells and other miniature life forms with which they unwittingly shared their home would flee to the sock drawer for cover. Which is to…

Soulmate

Soulmate (2020)

Soulmate screened at London Korean Film Festival 2023. This is a longer version of my on-stage introduction (plus my programme note) What is in a picture? A person’s portrait can trigger a flood of memories and fancies. It can reflect who we are and how we feel, and offer, through its image of the other,…

Amigo

Amigo (2019)

Its title is the Spanish word for ‘friend’, and it opens with a Biblical quote on friendship: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (Proverbs 17:17). Accordingly, Óscar Martín’s feature debut Amigo, which he co-wrote with his stars David Pareja and Javier Botet, is indeed a…

Sissy

Sissy (2021)

Sissy had its world première at SXSW 2022 At the beginning of Sissy, from co-writing/co-directing team Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes (For Now, 2017), we see online influencer Cecilia (Aisha Dee) preaching the bland bromides of wellness. Yet the hyperventilation exercise that Cecilia has been demonstrating seems not a little unhinged, and as the recording…

Harpoon

Harpoon (2019)

Rob Grant’s Harpoon opens with audio of a voice artist (Brett Gelman, Claire’s husband in Fleabag) being asked to do another take. His narration, delivered in an arch tone with some decidedly profane diction, summarises the three types of friendship outlined by Aristotle (of utility, of pleasure, of the good), before positing a fourth type,…

Ritual

The Ritual (2017)

The Ritual first published by Sight & Sound, November 2017 Review: Regardless of where it ends, the starting point of David Bruckner’s The Ritual is a tangled forest of grief, loss and guilt from which its characters will struggle to emerge. As five one-time English university friends, now approaching middle age, discuss where they will spend…