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  • Courage

    Courage

    ★★★

    Solid filmmaking sets the mood from the get-go and presents the unrest in Belarus through the eyes of activists (most young Belarusians these days it seems) and artists who reject the continued rule of Lukashenko, now in power for 26 and more years.

  • Vicenta

    Vicenta

    ★★★★

    Vicenta tells the story of a mother's fight to protect her mentally handicapped 19-year-old daughter—who has the mental and emotional capacity of an 8-year-old—from an unwanted pregnancy after the girl was raped by her uncle. Argentina's justice system puts up barrier after barrier to an abortion, even as the country's laws supposedly allowed one to happen.

    Filmed like claymation pieces but with puppets that are not animated, the film beautifully captures the trials of Vicenta and her family with very evocatively sculpted puppets and intricate tableaux.

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  • Never Look Away

    Never Look Away

    ★★★★½

    Quite the epic. A fiction inspired by the life of painter Gerhard Richter, Florian Henckel van Donnersmarck's Werk Ohne Autor (which literally means Work Without Author, and could have been translated as Uncredited Work, or simply Anonymous) tells the story of Kurt Barnert, a prodigiously talented boy growing up on the outskirts of Dresden, Germany in the 1930s, who witnesses the bombing of that city and the destruction of his family in the 1940s, who trains as an artist in…

  • Out of Blue

    Out of Blue

    What a slow-burning piece of shit. What an irretrievable stinker. What a dump-truck of dumb. This is not the film that you describe by saying "Not even the estimable Patricia Clarkson could save this sorry celluloid", this is the film that took the preternaturally gifted Ms Clarkson and broke her. This is the film where director Carol Morley told Patsy Clarkson to stare off blankly into space, and "I'll film that for 4 hours".

    Of course TIFF claims that the…