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Bring your own poetry to this saga of familial love

Bring your own poetry to this saga of familial love

Melbourne International Film Festival review: The Metamorphosis of Birds.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury

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Mel Gibson film Force of Nature is so bad, it's almost good
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Mel Gibson film Force of Nature is so bad, it's almost good

This unlikely killer-kitty thriller set in a block of flats in Puerto Rico during a hurricane comes with extra helpings of cheese.

  • by Paul Byrnes
Life behind bars for Tehran's demure killers
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Life behind bars for Tehran's demure killers

Melbourne International Film Festival review: Sunless Shadows

  • by Jake Wilson
When the surreal is everywhere, how do you make a nonsense film?
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When the surreal is everywhere, how do you make a nonsense film?

This French horror spoof about a man and his deerskin jacket displays an unusually knowing brand of stupidity.

  • by Jake Wilson
Westerns have the rodeo, French ensemble films have the long lunch
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Westerns have the rodeo, French ensemble films have the long lunch

It usually takes place in the country around a big table and sunshine is an essential ingredient. Also on the menu is an old grudge or long-buried secret that has to be aired before the cheese course.

  • by Sandra Hall
23 Walks: a meander into mediocrity
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23 Walks: a meander into mediocrity

Playing into all the stereotypes of British reticence, Paul Morrison's film moves at a crawling pace.

  • by Jake Wilson
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Towering performances on a bedrock of realism in Litigante
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Towering performances on a bedrock of realism in Litigante

Colombian director Franco Lolli's second feature is about women, mainly mothers.

  • by Paul Byrnes
Captivated by Pierre Cardin, two fans produce an homage
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Captivated by Pierre Cardin, two fans produce an homage

His Space Age look encapsulated the '60s; the Beatles wore his collarless suits. Now comes an entertaining documentary that is a slice of social history.

  • by Sandra Hall
Jagger paints it black in creaky thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy
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Jagger paints it black in creaky thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy

The Rolling Stones singer is enjoying himself hugely alongside Australian star Elizabeth Debicki and Donald Sutherland in this flawed but visually taut thriller.

  • by Sandra Hall
New life for the oldest story of young lovers
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New life for the oldest story of young lovers

In the narrative arts, no talent is more highly prized than the ability to pump new life into a cliché.

  • by Sandra Hall
The Vigil digs into Jewish mythology and delivers spine-tingling shocks
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The Vigil digs into Jewish mythology and delivers spine-tingling shocks

Religion and horror go together like a ghost and a sheet – and the sheet in The Vigil covers a dead body in the front room of an orthodox Hasidic Jewish house.

  • by Paul Byrnes