Three new films release today April 20th, and we’ve got a selection of reviews below.
Let the Sunshine In is the latest from acclaimed French director Clair Denis, and stars Juliette Binoche as Parisian artist looking for love.
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts is a gorgeously lensed Indonsian Western about a young woman on a quest for revenge.
Never Steady, Never Still stars British actress Shirley Henderson as a mother struggling with a serious illness in rural Canada.
LET THE SUNSHINE IN
“Scintillating and complex, boasting a career-best performance from Juliette Binoche”
5/5 – Little White Lies
“It had never occurred to me that watching Juliette Binoche turn men down for an hour and a half would be enough plot for a movie, let alone one so rich, hilarious and sensual”
“Suffice it to say that the movie’s mostly enjoyable, but its ending is immortal”
“The film slowly but surely works its charms, painting a rich, emotionally complex portrait of a woman who, like Denis herself, will not let herself be boxed in”
MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS
“Satisfyingly deadpan, viciously vengeful, and full of surprises”
4/5 – Irish Times
“At once tightly controlled and simmering with righteous fury, it’s gorgeously lensed, atmospherically scored and moves inexorably toward a gratifying payoff”
“It’s a small, offbeat movie, punctuated by bursts of terrible violence but also infused with a winning strain of deadpan humor that’s not too far removed from Jim Jarmusch”
“At once an enjoyable genre ride and a feminist arthouse story, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts might send some heads rolling but has its own head firmly on its shoulders”
“With its exceptional score and widescreen views of the parched landscape, there’s a Leonean feel to proceedings, which makes the feminist exposé of the macho brutality of the male characters all the more shockingly droll”
NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL
“Like the remote and frequently challenging terrain, Never Steady, Never Still has a sublime, hypnotic gravitas. The film’s poignancy and visual poetry mark Hepburn out as a major new directorial talent”
4/5 – Irish Times
“Settles on viewers as quietly as overnight snow on a wintering field”
“British actress Shirley Henderson uses her soft voice and tiny frame to great effect”
“A poetic study of familial relationships straining and strengthening under the pressure of serious illness”
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