REVIEW ROUNDUP: JIHAD JANE AND TALKING ABOUT TREES

This week’s new releases at the Irish Film Institute on Friday February 14th 2020 are documentaries Jihad Jane and Talking About Trees.

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

JIHAD JANE

“The film never loses sight of the dangers that exist behind the search engines we use daily”

Totally Dublin

“It’s impossible not to feel compassion for them; they are so damaged and vulnerable”

4/5 – The Guardian

“Cassidy’s carefully humane tone allows for the film to resonate beyond its story”

Little White Lies

“This film about her life to date is an engrossing documentary which never loses a feel for the human texture behind the headlines”

5/5 – RTE

“Working with editor John Murray, Cassidy has fashioned a respectful, compelling portrait of LaRose, her lawyers and her family, where others might have heightened the absurdity of a former jihadist now turned Trump supporter”

4/5 – The Irish Times

“Jihad Jane is an engaging and informative documentary throughout”

4/5 – movies.ie

TALKING ABOUT TREES 

“What unfolds is a rather lovely poetic portrait of male friendship, cinephilic obsession and elegant dignity”

4/5 – The Guardian

“Their makeshift projections of Chaplin are indescribably moving and sound a happy note across a grim landscape”

4/5 – The Irish Times

“His shots are honest and quietly beautiful, glorying in capturing these extraordinary men and their ability to preserve through bitterness thanks to the centrality of cinema in their lives, and the spirit of friendship that binds them together”

Variety

“Though the subject may be about cinema, it rewards those focusing on the unspoken bonds of hardship and friendship”

The Arts Desk


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