The Last Ashes

The Last Ashes (Läif a Séil) (2023)

Loïc Tanson’s The Last Ashes (Läif a Séil) opens in 1838, one year before Luxembourg would, in exchange for partition and diminution, gain her independence. Still under Dutch occupation, Luxembourg is ravaged by famine, war, disease and depopulation – although one clan, living in the North of the country and led by Graff (Jules Werner),…

Wildflower

Wildflower (2022)

At the beginning of Matt Smukler’s Wildflower, and for much of its duration, 17-year-old Bea Johnson (Kiernan Shipka) is in a coma. As her extended family – for the first time in ages – assembles around her hospital bed in Las Vegas and argues – not for the first time – about her fate, two narrative…

Lucky

Lucky (2020)

“Who is that man?”, asks May Ryer, played by Brea Grant, who is also the writer of Natasha Kermani’s Lucky. May is herself a writer, penning how-to and self-help manuals for women in business, and is constantly having to hustle not just to create her work, but to promote it, to get it reprinted, to…