REVIEW ROUNDUP: DARK LIES THE ISLAND, NON-FICTION, LAND WITHOUT GOD

Three new films open at the Irish Film Institute on Friday October 18th: Dark Lies the Island, Non-Fiction and Land Without God.

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

LAND WITHOUT GOD
“This is powerful cinema, which tells a story which needs to be heard and deserves to find an audience”
FILM IRELAND

Land Without God isn’t evidence-based or linear; it’s more about anguish and remembrance…this documentary is rough-hewn and fragmented, much like its participants”
SCREEN DAILY

“[The documentary] bears witness to a system of cruelty that was allowed to flourish at the centre of society”
NO MORE WORKHORSE

NON FICTION
“It’s that kind of French film where people are supposed to show their essence through opinions voiced in heated, improve-style discussion… book publishing…proves a fine seating area in which to have his characters mock and bicker while getting up to mischief between the sheets”
5/5 – RTE

“What makes the film so enjoyable is the way that Assayas gently teases out the intersecting lives of these couples without resorting to nasty arguments and acrimonious break-ups”. “Non-Fiction is a light but tasty French Fancy and a page-turner too that comes recommended”
4/5 – MOVIES.IE

“[Macaigne]’s one of the wild originals of the French cinema”
The New Yorker

“Only actors of the calibre and intelligence of Canet and Binoche can toss off their sparring lines with ease and conviction of stimulating dinner-party conversations, conveying warmth, brains and fallibility in equal measure”
VARIETY

DARK LIES THE ISLAND
“Dark Lies The Island is a very particular kind of Irish film that allows you to soak in its detail and wryly smile at its twisted sense of humour”
4/5 – MOVIES.IE

Dark Lies the Island is not an entirely easy watch and it will certainly upset/alienate a good chunk of the audience… those that can weather the darkly comic sensibilities will find a real gem in this latest Irish cinema offering”
4/5 – ENTERTAINMENT.IE

“Each piece of the jigsaw has a strong sense of identity, even if the flow between them isn’t always smooth”
SCREEN DAILY

“Formed from the fertile imagination of novelist, playwright and screenwriter Kevin Barry, and inspired by characters in his collections of short stories, this is a tale of unrelenting dysfunctionality”
4/5 – RTE

 


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