PLEASE BABY PLEASE – Review by Leslie Combemale

The proceedings feel like a bit of a psychedelic trip without the need for acid. Andrea Riseborough as Suze literally barks and howls like a caged dog, delivering her lines with fuck-you flamboyance, as if daring the film’s audience to call her unladylike. Harry Melling’s Arthur walks an interesting line between confusion and frustration, as he outs himself little by little, vacillating between self-loathing and acceptance of his femme identity.

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WOMEN AT FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival – one of the world’s biggest and most highly genre films festivals – returns in 2022 from 14 July to 3 August with its usual impressive line-up of world, national and regional premieres, as well as hosting a diverse array of international and local guests and signature special events. Of these latter, the unquestionable highlight of this year’s Fantasia is the awarding of the Canadian Trailblazer Award to pioneering filmmaker, author, critic, historian and curator, Kier-La Janisse.

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GIVE ME PITY! (IFF Rotterdam 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Give Me Pity! loyally mimics the once-ubiquitous TV prime time special format, here showcasing the many talents of the fictional Sissy St. Claire (Sophie von Haselberg). It’s all the song-and-dance routine glitzy razzle dazzle synonymous with such a format, but as Sissy’s earnest, to-camera monologues unfold throughout the movie, we see the cracks in her supposedly perfect, idealized facade begin to appear.

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LADYWORLD – Review by Carol Cling

Ladyworld may be a new cinematic destination, but the territory it explores is hardly uncharted. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before (and you have): disparate characters, stranded together and struggling for survival following a cataclysmic event. Some scenarios focus on the group’s collective battle against the elements. Ladyworld follows another, equally familiar tradition: group members battling each other.

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