REVIEW ROUNDUP: AMAZING GRACE, FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, HIGH LIFE

Three new films release at the Irish Film Institute on Friday, May 10th 2019: Amazing Grace, Float Like A Butterfly and High Life.

Read on for a selection of reviews, or pop in to make up your own mind!

 

AMAZING GRACE

“Finally … Aretha Franklin in one of the greatest concert films ever”

The Irish Times 5/5

 

“This documentary, shot during recording sessions by the charismatic queen of soul in a Los Angeles church, is a transcendent joy”

The Guardian 5/5

 

“The momentum and atmosphere Aretha creates with her voice are truly remarkable and lead this movie”

RTÉ Entertainment 4/5

 

“you don’t have to believe in God to feel that Amazing Grace a religious experience. You just have to believe in art, talent, emotion and human connection”

Hotpress

 

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY

“This is a grim but lyrical film, a stern rebuke to those who like to talk about the good old days”

The Irish Independent 4/5

 

“Carmel Winters attacks important social issues with a mainstream energy that stirs the blood in her award-winning follow-up to the mysterious Snap”

The Irish Times 4/5

 

“‘Float Like a Butterfly’ is confidently its own kind of film, a moving and powerful story with a strong central performance from newcomer Hazel Doupe”

Entertainment.ie 3.5/5

 

“Float Like A Butterfly shows the multiple, interconnecting ways that bigotry can box people in, leaving them no choice but to fight their way out”

Hotpress 3.5/5

 

 

HIGH LIFE

“An astronaut on an odyssey to a distant black hole faces the challenges of parenting – and existential panic – in Claire Denis’ superbly eerie, mysterious space drama”

The Guardian 5/5

 

“this will not be everyone’s cup of space dust, but it might make you ponder the chaotic futility of existence.”

RTÉ Entertainment 4/5

 

“Robert Pattinson gives striking performance in Claire Denis’ black hole drama”

The Independent 4/5

 

“Interesting outer-space drama full of oddities”

The Irish Times 3/5

 

 

 


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