France

With this spooky thriller, Lao’s only female film director depicts the class differences in contemporary Lao.
Every culture produces its own monsters and ghosts, born of the particular beliefs and traumas of its people. And so, in Dearest Sister, only the second horror film to be made in the developing country of Laos, these ghosts are intricately...
When a young vegetarian vet student tastes meat for the first time, she develops strange and dangerous appetites.
Paramedics were apparently required to treat people who’d passed out in a midnight screening of this arthouse cannibal film at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Which makes you wonder what those people thought they were going to see...
André Téchiné perfectly captures the confusion of teenage attraction and repulsion in this French coming-of-age film.
Attraction and repulsion are often close cousins, especially during that confusing teenage time when hormones rage and sexual longing is mixed with self-loathing. André Téchiné’s Being Seventeen captures the contradictions of this age perfectly,...
The sudden death of a 17-year-old boy affects a network of family members, medical professionals and organ recipients in this beautiful and sensitive drama.
Stories about organ transplants are inherently melodramatic: one person’s tragic death gives another person miraculous life. As a filmmaker, it would be easy to overplay emotion or resort to cliché in the telling of such tales. But Heal the...
'Souvenir' is both love story and show business fable, in the old style - a woman-in-trouble melodrama with inflections of 'A Star Is Born' and a little Almodóvar.
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Souvenir is both love story and show business fable, in the old style. Director Bavo Defurne (who co-wrote the script with Jacques Boon and Yves Verbraeken) has fashioned a woman-in-trouble melodrama with...