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Woman at War

★★★★½ - STUFF - I've been waiting to write this review for more than half-a-year now, ever since I first saw Woman at War at a packed-out Embassy Theatre screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2018. Waiting, because sometimes – and this is why film festivals exist – you'll…
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Woman at War

★★★★ - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Bleak windswept landscapes, folk in heavy woollen jumpers, cattle dogs and civil disobedience – what's not to like? This might be the best thing to come out of Iceland since their 2014 World Cup football team and that other-worldly clapping thing they made famous. …
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Woman at War

★★★★ - NZ HERALD - Woman at War presents the middle-aged film hero you've been waiting for... Woman at War was described to me as an Icelandic thriller. It is set in Iceland and comes complete with thrilling scenes, but this story of one woman's war against the Government's co-operation with…
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Woman at War

★★★★ - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - An impressive follow-up to his strikingly eccentric debut, Of Horses and Men, Icelandic auteur Benedikt Erlingsson's second feature-length fiction, Woman at War (Kona fer i strid), is another skillfully crafted, surreally told tale of man and nature — or in this…
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Older Than Ireland

★★★★ - STUFF  - A delightful documentary about bringing up a century.  One puts it down to keeping busy by constantly digging a hole and then filling it the next day. Another attributes it to never eating a vegetable in her life. The most successful grew so tired of being asked what her secret…
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Older than Ireland

★★★★ - CHICAGO TRIBUNE - One hundred is the new 70, or maybe even the new 60, or … You decide for yourself after watching a stunning and delightful documentary titled "Older Than Ireland." The film will introduce you to 30 people who are 100 years old (or older) but as full of life as any crowd…
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Brimstone and Glory

★★★★★ - Stuff  Every year, the Mexican municipality of Tultepec celebrates the local fireworks industry by absolutely blowing the living hell out of the town square, surrounding streets and several members of its population. Film-maker Viktor Jakovleski and the rest of the Court 13 collective (the…
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Stray

★★★★★ - NZ Herald  - Less a straightforward narrative than a lyrical tone-poem, Kiwi filmmaker Dustin Feneley's self-funded debut feature is a strong contender for the best film to come out of New Zealand this year. Off the back of a remarkable genesis - eight years trapped in development before a…
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Stray

★★★★½ - Stuff  - At an un-named detention facility somewhere near Wellington, a young man is told that the pre-release work-experience programme he is on has been pulled from under him. The employer is "cutting back".  The young man – we learn his name is Jack – absconds. He takes the ferry across…
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Zama

★★★★★ - DOMINION POST  - Back for general release after New Zealand International Film Festival screenings, Zama arrives already wearing garlands of praise from the great and the good of the international critics and festival curators. And fair enough too. Zama is a unique, mischievous and…
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Zama

★★★★½ - NZ Herald  - Gently unfolding the story of a Spanish colonial captain stranded in a purgatorial South American town, this gently surreal, impossibly lush existential nightmare is almost punishingly languorous, but the rewards are many for those who vibe with its peculiar rhythms. A…
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Zama

★★★★ - Rolling Stone  - Argentinian drama about an 18th-century invader going mad is intoxicating, spellbinding – and one of the best movies of the year.  A man in a uniform is standing on the beach, staring at the sea. Natives trudge along the shore behind him. His profile makes him look like a…
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