MURINA (TIFF 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

From the very first moments of the film, life underwater is presented as the norm from which events on land, in the human world, notably and uncomfortably deviate. Raised on the breathtaking land of her ancestors, the awkward, quiet Julija who slowly finds her voice during the film flourishes when diving, a water sprite as much as a teenage girl.

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LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

Jeremy Workman’s charming and inspiring documentary, Lily Topples the World, focuses on Lily Hevesh, a 20-year-old woman who is a celebrity in a community few older people know anything about—the YouTube world of domino art. Known by her millions of YouTube fans as Hevesh5, Lily is pursuing a career that involves setting up colored tiles in intricate patterns and structures and knocking them down in precise, mesmerizing order. Is it art? Absolutely, in the same manner as sand paintings are—ephemeral, but the product of infinite care and devotion.

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THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW – Review by Susan Granger

Occasionally, there’s a book-to-film adaptation that is an utter disaster. Netflix’ The Woman in the Window is one. Based on A.J. Finn’s 2018 best-seller, it’s set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the huge home of Anna Fox (Amy Adams), a child psychologist who became agoraphobic after a traumatic accident.

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UN FILM DRAMATIQUE – Review by Diane Carson

Director Éric Baudelaire’s Un Film Dramatique is indeed a film. However, it isn’t dramatic. More accurate descriptive words are unsatisfying, annoying, and, occasionally, mildly amusing. That’s not surprising since twenty-one children in the multiracial Dora Maar Middle School in St. Denis, France, shot the documentary as a class project over four years.

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YELLOW ROSE – Review by Loren King

There is so much to like and admire about Diane Paragas’ debut feature, Yellow Rose it’s hard to know where to begin. The film beautifully captures the struggles of a young woman to find her voice and a sense of belonging in an often hostile world as it celebrates the joy of making music and its power to provide hope.

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