A DESERT (Tribeca 2024) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

A Desert should be best celebrated as a Choose Your Own Adventure film for sickos. It has so many dynamic moving parts that are all meticulously and soulfully orchestrated. This leaves room simultaneously for both a pedestrian, literal encounter if its mere popcorn-fuelled shits-and-giggles you’re after, and something altogether much deeper and more profound if that is the way that the film speaks to you. With each frame burning with a kind of invisible yet unrelenting heat, A Desert is a powerful portrait of lost souls meandering in the margins of cinema’s infinitely barren landscapes.

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