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★★★★½

- STUFF - 

Any hopes St Denis’ College des Francs/Moisins’ new deputy principal Samia Zibra (Zita Hanrot) had of the academic year getting off to a quiet start are dashed by lunchtime.

A…

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- ROLLING STONE - 

This French-Arabic comedy-drama, originally titled La Vie Scolaire, earns solid marks for a keep-it-real approach to the subject of classrooms on the fringes. The setting is a…

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★★★★

- THE GUARDIAN - 

There’s enormous tenderness in this drama of disillusion from Colombian director Franco Lolli – but also an overwhelmingly unsentimental sense of life’s seriousness and…

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★★★★

- THE AUSTRALIAN - 

A Son, written and directed by Mehdi Barsaoui, in his feature debut, opens with a family heading off to a picnic with friends. The father, Fares (Sami Bouajila), is driving,…

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★★★★

- FILMUFORIA - 

Anat is a young woman who will let nothing get in her way, least of all accidents of nature, in this tightly-scripted and quietly chilling first feature from Israeli director…

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★★★★★

- STUFF - 

A young family in modern-day Dublin are between houses.

They had lived in their last rental for seven good years, making and raising their four terrific kids. But now the owner has…

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★★★★

- THE GUARDIAN - 

Roddy Doyle has written a very moving and insightful film about homelessness. Paddy Breathnach directs and it is powerfully acted, especially by Sarah Greene in the leading…

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★★★★★

- SUNDAY INDEPENDENT - 

A mother, a father, and their children float in limbo. In place of a kitchen table, their communal area is the interior of their car, while the contents of their lives…

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★★★★★

- RTÉ

The profoundly moving, painfully topical drama Rosie shines a light on Dublin’s homelessness crisis and how the system is failing families.

Roddy Doyle's pared back, effective script…

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★★★★★

- THE SKINNY - 

The ecstasy of friendship and, well, ecstasy are celebrated in Brian Welsh’s freewheeling coming-of-age film Beats, which vividly transports us to a rundown council estate in…

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★★★★

- STUFF - 

The year is 1984 – of course – and in Soviet Russia, the most famous and beloved stand-up comic of them all is Boris Arkadyev.

Boris is hitting middle-age like a beetle hits a…

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★★★½ 

- NZ HERALD - 

The complexities of life as a popular stand-up in the mid-1980s Soviet Russia are examined in this uniquely disconcerting film.

Aleksey Agranovich, who looks like the midpoint…

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