Victor Polster gives a nuanced lead performance in Lukas Dhont’s debut film, in which the physical rigours of ballet training, the pains of adolescence and the bruising difficulty of life as a transgender teenager combine to create an emotionally raw melodrama, writes Hannah McGill.
The heroine of Léonor Serraille’s film comes across, at points, as a vulnerable, deluded individual and at others an enviably free spirit confronting the world’s hypocrisies. Is the trope of female messiness feminist or quite the reverse, asks Hannah McGill?
While male ‘buddy’ movies are a genre to themselves, films about women’s relationships are remarkable for their scarcity – to say nothing of those that dare to depict the bonds of female kinship in the round, writes Hannah McGill.
Andrew Kötting’s latest “brief and incorrect” country lark lights out with the apparition of King Harold’s widow, and kindred history-diviners, in commemoration of the dismemberment of Anglo-Saxon England, writes Hannah McGill.
In Finland in the 1960s, a promising young boxer must choose between sporting success and settling down with the woman he loves. In the deft interplay between fighter, coach and girlfriend, this low-key film lands an emotional punch, writes Hannah McGill.