THE POD GENERATRION – Review by Lois Alter Mark

I get that The Pod Generation, Sophie Barthes’ new film about pregnancy in the age of technology, is supposed to be satire; I really do. Yet, instead of laughing, I found myself growing increasingly sad as I watched it. Which doesn’t mean it isn’t good. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s so good, I’m worried it could actually be a foreshadowing of our future. More than a satire, The Pod Generation is a cautionary tale. I wonder what ChatGPT would have to say about it.

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THE POD GENERATION (Sundance FF2023) – Review by Nadine Whitney

Near future dystopia/science fiction narratives are not a new concept. Black Mirror created by Charlie Booker capitalised on our collective anxiety about technology and was often prescient about how contemporary society is shaping itself in the Western World. Sophie Barthes’ The Pod Generation is so adjacent to our future that she incorporates technology from now almost seamlessly. Current generation iPads abound as well as phones that are recognisably the ones most people use at the moment. The “nowness” of Barthes’ vision makes it all the more immediate.

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ABOVE SUSPICION – Review by Susan Granger

Set in Pikeville, Kentucky, this crime thriller is based on actual events that caused fear, loathing and revenge in rural Appalachia. “You know what’s the worst thing about being dead? You have too much time to think,” muses Susan Smith (Emilia Clarke) as her from-the-grave voiceover teases the Southern Gothic saga about to unfold.

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