SILVER HAZE – Review by Liz Braun

Silver Haze is an imperfect film, but thanks to superb performances it is never less than completely engaging. Sacha Polak wrote and directed this redemptive drama about a working-class woman (Vicki Knight) who bears the scars — physical and emotional — of a childhood incident. As art imitates life, Knight actually is a burn victim and a former health care worker, and this is her second collaboration with filmmaker Polak. Parts of Silver Haze are based on Knight’s actual experiences; notions about the transformative power of art appear to be a constant in both real and reel life.

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DIRTY GOD – Review by Carol Cling

Dirty God’s gritty young protagonist, Jade, has more reason than most to be uncomfortable in her skin. After all, we meet her scars before we ever meet her. That’s because Dutch director Sacha Polak, making her English-language debut, opens her wounds-and-all character study with extreme close-ups of a parched, seared expanse of flesh.

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