BAD BEHAVIOUR – Review by Nadine Whitney

Australian/New Zealand actor Alice Englert steps into the director’s chair for the abundantly absurd black comedy Bad Behaviour that satirizes everything from New Age wellness cults to the entertainment industry, motherhood, youth and power, and, naturally, bad behaviour. Bad Behaviour is the work of a young director who has yet to find her feet. It works best when it leans into satire but falls apart in sincerity. There are moments of effective near surrealism that prove that Englert has a handle on the absurd, but she’s yet to manage how to balance tonality and unearth authenticity inside her premise.

Read more

THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST (Berlinale 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Dasha Nekrasova’s debut feature film follows two young women who fluke the real estate deal of a lifetime, a dream duplex on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is only after moving in, however, that they discover that their home’s previous owner was Epstein who used it, as one character notes, as an “orgy flophouse”. They together become Nancy Drew like conspiracy theorists who fall increasingly into paranoid obsession. The Scary of Sixty-First does exactly what horror film does best: it gives us a way of speaking about the very real nightmares of the world we live in when we struggle to find the words.

Read more