SLOW – Review by Jennifer Green

This excellent character study from Lithuania is a promising second feature from director Marija Kavtaradze who weaves an emotional story in which visual imagery is as important as dialogue. The film is full of small moments of human connection and bursts of unspoken emotion. What we are watching is two people falling in love but unable to make love. The film serves as an exploration of relationships. How important is sex to two people in love? Can partners who need very different things ultimately be happy together?

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PILGRIMS (MIFF 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Director Laaurynas Bareiša point blank refuses to fall into the expectations a crime film might otherwise render essential. What remains instead is something deeply sad and meandering as two people who loved someone who died in a horrible way work through their own emotions regarding the loss, and face the fact that there is nothing much they can do about it. There’s something so fundamentally true and humane about Pilgrims that is difficult to articulate, and that slipperiness is precisely what makes it so effective.

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