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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