Leave No Trace (2018)

In the forests of the Pacific North West, a troubled war veteran lives off the grid with his daughter, Tom. They camp, they forage for food, they keep a low profile; a seemingly happy, simple life. But the modern world is on their trail and they are constantly on the move. Eventually, this leads them to a remote community of misfit types and conflict; Tom wants to stay, the father does not. Continue reading Leave No Trace (2018)

Taste of Cherry (1997)

Driving around the outskirts of Tehran in his Range Rover, Mr Badii is looking for help. He asks the everyday people he encounters – a soldier, a student, a security guard – if they will do a job for him. Most assume he means something sexual, or at least nefarious, and decline. But Mr Badii has a different and much more unusual task in mind: he is weighing suicide, and looking for someone to assist him in leaving this world. Continue reading Taste of Cherry (1997)

Amelie (2001)

In 2001 I lived in Sydney, in a tiny apartment in Glebe. I could walk to work in the city, walk down to Glebe markets on a Saturday and, best of all, walk to the Valhalla cinema on Glebe Point Rd. This was one of the city’s last truly independent cinemas, run by a handful of film nerds on no budget, out of what was once a glorious old theatre palace, slowly collapsing into ruin. It looked like the Grand Budapest Hotel. Continue reading Amelie (2001)