In Manto, Nandita Das directs a moving and spirited account of Saadat Hasan Manto and his ideas, as expressed in his rightly praised stories of real people. Manto (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) himself excels at digging out truths of daily existence, whether in pre-independence Bombay in 1946 or after he has moved to Lahore, in the post-partition […]

Consequences (Posledice)

Andrej (Matej Zemljič) and his parents are in a Slovenian court: he is 18, refusing to go to school or work, and found guilty of assaulting a young woman at a party. Sentenced to live weekdays at a youth detention centre, Andrej is tested by and then links up with inmate leader Željko (Timon Šturbej). This […]

The Breaker Upperers

  In many  respects The Breaker Upperers exhibits a Netflix house style, especially in the skits sequence used at the start: rapid fire cameos that look like taster- or teaser-trailer footage. This rapid succession of zany clips is a poor appetiser for the main course, especially as none are expanded later. By the time the […]

Crystal Swan (Хрусталь)

This is a well-drawn human tale of post-Soviet human grit and determination, the first feature directed by Darya Zhuk. Set over 20 years ago, when public assets were stolen in brazen fashion by those in high office in the late Soviet state, transforming them into oligarchs almost overnight. Instead of the thriving western-type capitalism that […]


The BFI London Film Festival 2018 starts on 10 October, and one of its most arresting films is Wildlife. Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Jeanette Brinson (Carey Mulligan) are having marital difficulties thanks employment problems. It is 1960 and they have recently moved to a small Montana town with their 14 year old son, Joe (Ed Oxenbould). Jerry’s sacking […]