MONSTER – Review by Diane Carson

Monster presents incompatible perspectives of three individuals. Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu astutely illuminates communities and culture through carefully constructed, small groups of individuals. His films Broker, Shoplifters, and Nobody Knows testify to his understanding of intricate, complex interactions among adults and children. Now in Monster, Kore-eda presents the same events from three viewpoints. In so doing, he confirms the limitations inherent in the perceptions of each.

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MONSTER (Melbourne IFF 2023) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Monster tells the story from the perspective of each of its key characters, each retelling revealing more about the truth of what has happened in a nuanced and sensitive way. Across its two-hour run time, Monster keeps its secrets until its final moments, leaving us with the feeling that we have earned its trust and are worthy of the precious, beautiful truths that lie at its heart.

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MONSTER – Review by Martha K Baker

Monster is a remarkable film about a filmmaker, Steve Harmon. He is 17 and Black. He is bright, inquisitive, a good son to good parents. He is a model big brother. But the prosecutor at his trial labels Steve Harmon a monster. The voice of this so-called monster denies the label.

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