Stray Dogs

Stray Dogs (Sag-haye velgard) (2004)

Stray Dogs (Sag-haye velgard) first published by musicOMH “Do you understand?”, the wild-eyed little girl keeps asking the stray dog that she has taken for a pet, as she tries to explain the intricacies of her present predicament, the theological concept of hell, and the need to pray for divine intervention. It is not clear…

Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Upon its 1993 release, Rolf de Heer’s Bad Boy Bubby upset many viewers with its confronting portrayal of abuse, incest and mental illness, and stirred controversy with Italian animal rights organisations and the British censors – and yet it also won the Special Jury, FIPRESCI and OCIC (Ecumenical) Prizes at the Venice Film Festival, and…

Lucifer

Lucifer (2014)

“Every judgment is meaningless” declares a voice at the beginning of Belgian director Gust van den Berghe’s Lucifer, before launching into a mythic account of the perfect knowledge attained by ancient peoples, and of the eventual “downward path” (with which the speaker expressly identifies himself) that came with humanity’s developing awareness of the difference between good and…

Nothing Bad Can Happen (2013)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks So pervasive is the happy clappy vibe and summer holiday mood with which Nothing Bad Can Happen begins that you might be forgiven for imagining, despite the ominous martial notes of Peter Folk’s percussive score, that you are about to witness a breezy Rohmer-style comedy of manners rather than…