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★★★★

- SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - 

Some English comedies are like hot mustard: you shudder, you wince, you gasp, then you say “pass the mustard, please!“. Except that the boy in this heartbreaking…

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★★★★

- THE AUSTRALIAN - 

The curious title of this very likeable British film refers to the names of the mother and son around whom the tart comedy revolves. Susan Bagnold (Monica Dolan), who is in…

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★★★★★

- THE TIMES - 

Time slips in the French director Florian Zeller’s debut film. Apartments also start to blur and there’s something not quite right about the people. That’s how it feels from the…

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★★★★½

- NZ LISTENER - 

A Son is the first feature by Tunisian film-maker Mehdi Barsaoui, whose cinematic eye and knack with narrative pacing make this both an admirable debut and an intense family…

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★★★★

- NZ HERALD - 

The idylls of a family holiday are transformed into a screaming nightmare in Tunisian writer/director Mehdi Barsaoui's debut feature. His delicately crafted but intensely…

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★★★★★

- STUFF - 

I saw A Son at a preview back in March. It was scheduled to start its season a week or two later, but Covid and the world intervened.

Nine months later, without having had the…

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★★★★

- NZ LISTENER - 

The Mystery of Henri Pick is both an exceptional French film and exceptionally French.

Its hero, such as he is, is a famed literary critic. Its mystery is whether some…

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★★★★

- STUFF - 

In present day France, on the wild and outrageously beautiful Breton coast, there is a village book shop.

And in that book shop, in an annex to the main building, there is a very…

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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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