ALI & AVA (TIFF2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

A strong screenplay, strong direction, and – of course – two strong performances from Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook make Clio Barnard’s Ali & Ava something genuinely precious and electrifying, all while remaining focused on the low-key minutia of the everyday lives of its two central characters. Only going from strength to strength, Ali & Ava is another extraordinary achievement in Barnard’s unrelentingly impressive filmography.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 6, 2018: DARK RIVER

motw logo 1-30In Clio Barnard’s gripping drama about incest, Ruth Wilson plays an itinerant shepherd who returns to her family’s Yorkshire farm after her father’s death. Challenging her brother’s control of the place, she grapples with haunting memories of childhood abuse. Barnard’s raw, authentic style and Wilson’s spare, understated performance are devastating.

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