ATTACHMENT (Tribeca 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Steeped in Jewish folklore and strengthened even further by a superb supporting cast, Attachment is a perfect example of a film that is precisely aware of its own sense of scale; never too big, never too small, it is the right size film, the right size story, the right size characters and the right size emotional and visceral punch to carry the film from its first frames right through to its last. With no need for the whistles and bells of some of the horror genre’s more bombastic offerings, Attachment is a captivating, confident and deeply moving little miracle of a film.

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SPEAK NO EVIL (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Lauren Anderson

Speak No Evil is a chilling Danish horror film programmed at Sundance 2022 that proves there is such a thing as being “too polite.” From writer and director Christian Tafdrup and co-writer Mads Tafdrup, Speak No Evil delivers satirically on cringe-worthy encounters to examine human nature through the horror lens.

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BREEDER – Review by Lauren Anderson

Breeders is a horror/thriller that asks us to examine how far we’ll go to feed our vanity. A ruthless businesswoman abducts a young women in a gruesome bio-hacking experiment to reverse the aging process. But when Mia goes to investigate, she finds herself trapped, branded, and tortured in an underground medical facility funded by her husband. Directed by a man and written by a woman, Breeders presents an interesting female perspective. Is looking young really all that important? Moreover, what do the pressures of wanting a child do to a woman?

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FOOD CLUB – Review by Lois Alter Mark

If we weren’t grounded at home because of a pandemic and if we hadn’t all become smitten with Stanley Tucci during our weekly trips to Italy with him, I might have just written off Food Club. But we are and we have, and you could do worse than spend an hour and a half with these middle-aged Danish gal pals as they drown their sorrows at a cooking retreat in Puglia.

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ANOTHER ROUND – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

While not as famous as his fellow Danish auteur Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg has been making compelling and arguably more diverse movies than his more controversial colleague for thirty years. Starring Danish screen legend Mads Mikkelsen as Martin, Another Round is a sparky yet oddly melancholy comedy about men, masculinity and that old devil, booze.

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ANOTHER ROUND – Review by Diane Carson

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round is a film at war with itself. On the one hand, it warns against the negative effects and dire professional and personal consequences of daily, increasing alcohol consumption. On the other hand, it celebrates the joyful camaraderie and liberating abandon drinking brings. As alarming, the setup comes with a scientific overlay.

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Sydney FF 2019: QUEEN OF HEARTS – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Women directors exploring romantic relationships between grown women and boys is hardly new. While unarguably a part of this tradition, Danish filmmaker May el-Toukhy’s Queen of Hearts is a gut-wrenching and ethically confronting film that hinges on a woman lawyer called Anne whose job is to fight for the rights for abused children and young people. As we discover, this profession lies in uneasy proximity to her status as a sexual predator who has seduced her teenage stepson

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SPOTLIGHT April, 2015: Susanne Bier, Director

bier9headSusanne Bier’s In A Better World won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2011, putting her on Hollywood’s A-List. But transitioning from Copenhagen to Hollywood has been challenging. Bier’s Hollywood-honed Serena opened in March, 2015. after a two-year delay. Her extraordinary talent and unstoppable persistence put Bier in our April SPOTLIGHT. Read on…

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