London Film Fest Reviews 2016

Ahead of the FOEC podcast special on the 60th London Film Festival, here are some short (and not so short) reviews of seven films that I caught during the first few days of the fest, including the critical favourite from Cannes, Toni Erdmann, the latest film from Terrence Malick and a double dose of Isabelle Huppert.

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LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2015 REVIEW: EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT

★★★★★

Colombian director Ciro Guerra delivers a truly mind-bending tale of the quest for knowledge in the Colombia’s Amazonas region. After the stunning power of his magic realist fable The Wind Journeys (2010) my anticipation could not have been higher in the lead-up to the UK premiere at LFF and, suffice to say, Maestro Guerra did not disappoint.

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LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2015 REVIEW: A BIGGER SPLASH

★★★

Director Luca Guadagnino and star Tilda Swinton follow up their astonishing, sensual tour de force of I am Love (2009) with a vibrant, sexy distillation of the rock and roll lifestyle and the pitfalls of emotional rescue.

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