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'Girls Lost' ('Pojkarna'): TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival Tuva Jagell, Louise Nyvall and Wilma Holmen in ‘Girls Lost’ The Bottom Line An original take on adolescent desire and gender identity. Venue Toronto Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) Cast Tuva Jagell, Emrik Ohlander, Louise Nyvall, Alexander Gustavsson, Wilma Holmen, Vilgot Ostwald Vesterlund, Mandus Berg, Filip Vester Director-screenwriter Alexandra-Therese ...

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'Price of Love': TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival The Bottom Line Rough around the edges. Venue: Toronto Film Festival Cast: Eskindir Tameru, Fereweni Gebregergs, Kassahun Getatchew Director: Hermon Hailay A taxi driver on the streets of Addis Ababa loses his cab but finds true love. Taxi drivers are perennials in movies, and it makes sense: they routinely meet strangers, so there’s no need for screenwriters to ...

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‘Cuckold’: TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival The Bottom Line Aggressively humdrum. Venue: Toronto Film Festival Cast: Charlie Vundla, Louis Roux, Terry Pheto Writer-Director: Charlie Vundla A man struggles to pull himself together after his wife leaves him in this Johannesburg-set feature from South African actor-director Charlie Vundla. Rarely are characters as unintentionally off-putting as the lead in Cuckold, whose marital ...

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‘My Big Night’ (‘Mi Gran Noche’): San Sebastian Review

Courtesy of Film Factory Entertainment The Bottom Line Vertiginous, vacuous, dated fun. Venue San Sebastian Film Festival (Official Section) Director Alex de la Iglesia Cast Raphael, Mario Casas, Pepon Nieto, Blanca Suarez   Alex de la Iglesia reunites old friends for a riotous grand folly about the shooting of a New Year TV special. “It’s all so absurd, you can ...

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'Stonewall': TIFF Review

Roland Emmerich’s drama revisits the 1969 riots in New York’s Greenwich Village that ushered the fledgling gay rights movement into a bolder new era. As one of a relatively small handful of out gay directors who have done very well out of mainstream Hollywood, Roland Emmerich's commitment to tracing the roots of gay pride through its most galvanizing event comes with ...

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