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What begins as a relatively generic documentary about a humble man, spoken word poet Shane Koyczan, who made his voice his means of living, builds towards an emphatic and emotionally resonant climax wherein Shane’s estranged father listens to him use his gift to shed all his feelings about the man who was never there…

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With impressive narrative structure, this black and white buddy film carries great emotional resonance as character arcs reach thoughtful conclusions. The protagonists, Pickle and Belly Button, are exceptionally crafted, with multiple layers of their personalities slowly unfurling throughout the film’s duration. What becomes the central conflict of the film is eschewed in order to depict the..

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Bourges impressive feature conveys through a highly restrained formal structure how bureaucracy plays a role in the dehumanization of those caught in the system. His near mathematical use of long still takes paired with silence encourage the viewer to reflect inwardly; a sense of introspection forwards the film’s harmonized rhythm from beginning to end—a remarkable quality for a young director. Deftly…

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65 years after helping pioneer the French New Wave, Agnes Varda perpetuates the movement with yet another film which harks back to its origins—elements of intellectual self-reflection and realization. She brings to the fore the art of filming the process of filming which Godard in particular enmeshed in his otherwise fictitious films. With Faces Places, Varda and J.R.—a remarkable photographer and…

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Three stories intertwine when distinct characters of the underworld become involved in a lowlife’s criminal act of organ harvesting and human trafficking. Structured in four chapters, with the first three depicting the same time frame, Lowlife feels like an episodic narrative or vignette of short stories. These stories come together for the final act—a gruesome yet captivating end…

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Loving Vincent, an animated film produced entirely of painted frames, is a testament to the vast possibilities of the cinematic arts and at once a complete denial of this potential. A brilliant innovation and a marvel to behold—painting, portraiture, and the fluidity of image strike awe in its viewer, recognizing at once that history has been made.

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I’ve been privileged this year to watch a few films that impart slices of real life in every day or surrealistic settings. These types of movies can render the eye and the heart into some unchartered territory that provokes anger, empathy, and most of all, meditative thought. TIFF never fails to bring…

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My three favorite films of SIFF 2017 didn’t necessarily share themes – they spoke to their own themes, and they did it well, yet they found themselves in opposing genres, tones, and visual stylings. But those differences have no bearing on my feelings toward any of them; one is the moving story of two Korean-American brothers in LA fighting to stay afloat amidst the Rodney King riots, one is a hazy…

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SIFF 2017’s diversity in theme didn’t just put us under the boot of an oppressive power to give us interesting and diverse perspectives – no, it also elucidated those perspectives by challenging their basic, human beliefs. Three films I saw did this extraordinarily well; one challenged a high school graduate’s supposed understanding of his peers with the looming unknown of college, one contrasted the…

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