Venice review: Remember

Remember (dir Atom Egoyan, 2015) ★★★


A partial return to form for director Atom Egoyan comes in this Christopher Plummer-starring geriatric revenge thriller – Nazi hunting for the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel generation, if you will.

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Venice review: Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal (dir Nicolas Saada, 2015) ★★

Taj Mahal

The attacks of November 2008 in Mumbai that left 195 people dead become a claustrophobic, almost austere affair in the hit-and-miss Taj Mahal, starring Nymphomaniac’s Stacy Martin. She plays 18-year-old Louise, a newbie in India after her father (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) relocates there for work, staying in the five-star Taj Mahal Hotel on the city’s seafront while waiting on a new house. Her company is all we have for most of the film, as we join her knuckling-down after locking herself in her room, trying to outlast the siege while bombs and bullets ring around her.

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Venice review: 11 Minutes

11 Minutes (dir Jerzy Skolimowski, 2015) 

11 Minutes

An emperor’s new clothes of technical virtuosity, veteran Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s latest is a frenetic, kinetic, but largely insipid speed through the lives of ostensibly random people in modern day Warsaw. Set under the titular 11-minute period, the film’s pitfalls lie in the style-over-substance route that has befallen many films that have such an annoyingly gimmicky framing device at its center.

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Venice review:
The Endless River

The Endless River (dir. Oliver Hermanus, 2015) ★★

The Endless River

A family’s brutal murder is the catalyst for this hackneyed treatise on victims and perpetrators in this slow-burning, rudderless South African entry in competition at Venice. Oliver Hermanus’ The Endless River film garnered boos and even a shout of “pathetico!” at the end of its press screening on the Lido – that might be harsh, but at times it really does feel endless.

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Venice review: The Daughter

The Daughter (dir. Simon Stone, 2015) ★★★★


Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way — and some are off-the-scale unhappy. At the end of Australian theatre director Simon Stone’s absorbing, menacing debut The Daughter, we have two such disintegrating families, their closets positively crammed with skeletons.

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