Director: Tim Wardle
United Kingdom; 2018
English; 96 minutes
Robert Shafran arrives at college only to find that strangers
continually refer to him as “Eddy”. When Robert meets Eddy
Galland, their incredible story is picked up by the media, catching
the attention of David Kellman, their identical triplet. With the three brothers happily reunited, their parents start to investigate what
separated the young men in the first place, and uncover a conspiracy
with an unknown number of victims affected. A documentary of
triumph and tragedy, Three Identical Strangers leads its audience
through an emotional journey about how we understand our
families and ourselves.
A gripping, stranger-than-fiction account of a real-world medical
conspiracy, the film begins as a human-interest story and builds to an
impressive work of investigative journalism into how and why they were placed with the families who raised them. Peter Debruge, Variety
Tim Wardle’s documentary contains as many twists as a great thriller. Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
Blending excellent reporting and strong storytelling, this is a disturbing film truly stranger than fiction. Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), and her veteran father, Will (Ben Foster), have lived undetected for years in Forest Park, a vast woods on the edge of Portland, Oregon. A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from the park and into the care of a social services agency. There they must confront their conflicting desire to be part of a community and fierce need to live apart. A haunting film, Leave No Trace is a moody, mysterious, mesmerizing exploration of an unexpected existence on the edge.
Once again, Granik introduces us to a kind of family that cinema rarely captures believably, and she does so with a style that’s both lyrical and realistic at the same time, anchored by a pair of unforgettable
performances. Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
It covers difficult ground, but to say it leaves no trace would be a lie. It definitely makes its mark. Adam Graham, Detroit News
Debra Granik made a stunning feature eight years ago: Winter’s Bone, … Here’s another stunner, and another revelation in the calmly radiant
person of Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Director: Sadaf Foroughi
Farsi with English subtitles; 103 minutes
Coming of age in Iran, Ava (Mahour Jabbari) faces pressure to meet the expectations of her parents, teachers, and friends. After an act
of betrayal by her mother, Ava rebels. And when she learns that her
parents were once flagrant rule breakers themselves, her rebellious
behaviour escalates, leading to life-altering choices. Foroughi’s
masterful direction vividly renders Ava’s internal turmoil, creating
one of the strongest, most richly developed female leads seen this
year. An exquisitely composed and gripping drama.
It’s a gripping, steely performance, complex and smart in a way you don’t often seen teen girls portrayed – anywhere.Janet Smith, Georgia Straight
Foroughi’s shrewd filmmaking uses the frame to advantage: the
tightening of Ava’s constraints is matched by the mise en scène around her.Mallory Andrews, Cinema Scope
Ava is a layered, complex character, and one that anyone who was ever a teenager can identify with.Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
High school student Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) seems to fit in perfectly with her conservative community, until she’s caught in the back seat of a car with another girl. Cameron is shipped off to a religious conversion therapy center where she’s subjected to
outlandish discipline and “de-gaying” methods. But the center also
unexpectedly provides a community she can connect with. Through
its stellar cast and thoughtful direction, The Miseducation of Cameron
Post tells its coming-of-age story with wit and compassion.
Chloë Grace Moretz puts in a career-best turn as a teen sent to ‘pray away the gay’ at a Christian camp in Desiree Akhavan’s compassionate LGBT story.Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
This is a lovely, richly shaded portrait of adolescence in all its shifting moods, shot through with a melancholy sweetness and sly, intoxicating humour.Edward Lawrenson, The Big Issue
The sort of film that stays with you. Powerful in its restraint, and
unfailingly full of light.Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies
The board of Algoma International films will be holding their
annual meeting on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm at
the Algoma Conservatory of Music located at 75 Huron Street,
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
If you are interested in attending, please contact the president, Mark Stevenson, at 705-759-1436, so that he can prepare for
the number of people attending.
New Date: WEDNESDAY, May 16 @ 7 pm / Galaxy Cinemas /
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Director: Robert Guédiguian
French with English subtitles; 107 minutes
In this tragic tale of family discord, three adult siblings, Angèle
(Ariane Ascaride), Joseph (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), and Armand (Gérard Meylan), gather at their childhood home to attend to their father (Fred Ulysse) who has suffered a debilitating stroke. After years apart, the siblings reflect on who they’ve become and what they’ve inherited. A rich tapestry of culture, the film examines how the local relates to the global and what it means to live life based on values. One of the peaks in Guédiguian’s illustrious career, the House by the Sea is a mournful tribute to a fading lifestyle.
The House by the Sea feels like the work of a filmmaker gazing back over his own filmography as one might across a sparkling blue sea, and observing its tides. Jessica Klang, Variety
Director: Petra Volpe
German with English subtitles; 96 minutes
In 1971 Swiss women didn’t have the right to vote and couldn’t
get a job without their husband’s permission. Frustrated by her
dependence on her husband Hans (Maximilian Simonischek), and
the decisions being made by the men in her life, quiet Nora (Marie
Leuenberger) gets involved in the budding women’s movement.
As the women in her small town gradually dare to take more control
over their lives, opposition to their stance mounts. Filled with gentle
humour, The Divine Order offers an uplifting story of grassroots
community activism set on a foundation of friendship and support.
The Divine Order radiates an infectious admiration for the courage shown by its heroines in the face of immense obstacles. Nick Schager, Variety
Petra Volpe’s direction is crisp, her screenplay is smart and well-paced, and the acting is superb.Paul Weissman, Film-Forward
Leuenberger brings a vulnerability and defiance to Nora that elevates the film past dogma or sentimentality. Tom Long, Detroit News
The newest and best films here in Sault Ste. Marie