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Director: Björn Runge
English; 100 minutes
Rating: 14A (for language and some sexual content)
Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and Joan (Glenn Close) Castleman appear to have a perfect marriage. They’re both delighted to hear that Joe is being given the Nobel Prize for Literature. But from the moment the couple arrives in Stockholm for the prize ceremony, tensions rise,
as the normally shy Joan is pushed uncomfortably into the spotlight where long-kept secrets are in danger of being illuminated. Focusing on unspoken agreements and long-simmering resentments, The Wife is an incisive study of celebrity, marriage, and the creative process.
[Close] is a marvel of twisty understatement here, delivering emotions that conceal as much as they reveal, and offering onion-like layers that invite repeat viewings in light of some of the film’s later revelations. Andrew Barker, Variety
The sort of detailed, A-level film that earns a viewer’s respect for its
intelligence in a marketplace of mind-numbing hoopla. Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Pryce and Close perform with and for each other, rather than the camers, in ways that go beyond mere chemistry between actors. It’s as if they are working together on a single, unified performance. Rob Thomas, Capital Times
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.