TOVE – Review by Martha K Baker

If you were a big fan of the Moomins but had no idea who created them, Tove will fill in all the blanks. Tove Jansson was an artist and a writer in her public life but also in her private adult life, she started with a man, then with a woman, so the feature film is perfect for Pride month.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 4, 2021: TOVE

It’s no surprise by now to discover that the private lives of the authors and artists behind some of the world’s most beloved children’s books were anything but calm (or G-rated). But it’s always fascinating to get a glimpse into the events, people, and places that shaped them and led to their iconic creations, and Zaida Bergroth’s Tove — which stars the excellent Alma Pöysti as Finnish Moomin mastermind Tove Jansson — is no exception.

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TOVE – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Biopics are a dime a dozen these days with many often featuring the usual cliched rise- and-fall scenario. But with Tove, director Zaida Bergoth is lucky enough to focus on a uniquely alluring Finnish sketcher, painter and author best known for her Moomins, hippo-like creatures with puffy snouts that were featured in comic-strips and books. From the start, she was able to pick herself up and dust herself whenever the chips were down. That includes the opening scenes as she and her family head back to a rubble-filled Helsinki at the end of World War II.

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Sydney FF 2020: FORCE OF HABIT- Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Force of Habit is a cartography of sexual abuse and harassment that interweaves several scenarios — a schoolgirl harassed on public transport, an drunken office party, and a vicious, violent rape by a stranger, each helmed by a different female director — into collective whole that is an electrifying reminder that sexual abuse and harassment are everyday phenomena and until that stops being synonymous with “business as usual”, nothing will change.

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