MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 29, 2024: LA CHIMERA

Love and contentment are as elusive as an undisturbed Etruscan tomb in Alice Rohrwacher’s piquant dramedy La Chimera. As it tells the story of a merry group of Italian grave robbers — known as tombaroli — and the inscrutable Englishman who leads them to the caches of objects they happily sell to the highest bidder, the film examines the allure of pursuing something that always seems just beyond your grasp.

Read more

LA CHIMERA (TIFF 2023) – Review by Rachel West

Move over, Indiana Jones, there’s a new tomb-raiding archaeologist in town in Alice Rohrwacher’s madcap Italian tragi-comedy, La Chimera. Rohrwacher imbues the film with her unique style that feels loose and luxurious. Like the mythical chimera composed of incongruous body parts, the film is a gorgeous blend of style and substance. The story clips along with fast-motion sequences and silent film techniques which paint a truly original picture. Director of Photography Hélène Louvart plays with visuals and aspect ratios using 35mm, 16mm and Super 16 while editor Nelly Quettier brings further oddball energy to the the screen with jump cuts against a soundtrack of infectious Italian rock, folk, and electro-pop.

Read more

AWFJ Presents CORPO CELESTE – Review by Erin Trahan

If a cinematic canon were to prioritize an adolescent girl’s point of view, Alice Rohrwacher’s Corpo Celeste from 2011 would top the list. The first of Rohrwacher’s now several features as writer-director of fiction, Corpo Celeste succeeds as a highly original coming-of-age story set among worn out but still potent Catholic traditions.

Read more

MURINA – Review by Diane Carson

First time Croatian co-writer/director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović demonstrates a mature, profound insight into human psychology, male and female, young and middle-aged, in her feature film debut Murina. Set on the Adriatic coast, the family’s Croatian island home isolates seventeen-year-old Julija from the more enticing, liberated lives she observes as party boats visit their blue-water cove and rocky beach.

Read more

MURINA – Review by Jennifer Green

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and winner of the 2021 Camera d’Or in Cannes for first-time feature director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Murina is a slow-churning, disquieting tale of a young woman’s revelation that her life could have been entirely different than what it is, and her empowerment to change her future.

Read more

MURINA (TIFF 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

From the very first moments of the film, life underwater is presented as the norm from which events on land, in the human world, notably and uncomfortably deviate. Raised on the breathtaking land of her ancestors, the awkward, quiet Julija who slowly finds her voice during the film flourishes when diving, a water sprite as much as a teenage girl.

Read more