Two new releases open at the Irish Film Institute on Friday October 25th: Monos and By the Grace of God.
Read on for a selection of reviews or pop in to make up your own mind!
“The performances are excellent, and Ozon maintains a perfect balance between the galloping investigation and a sense of quiet devastation”
THE IRISH TIMES
“That sense of being ripped from the headlines is incorporated into Ozon’s pacy, urgent, meticulously researched drama”
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“It’s the way this prescient film is handled that makes it such moving and compelling viewing”
“Francois Ozon’s new film is sombre, restrained and painful – inhibited perhaps by its sense of moral seriousness”
“It’s so talky that reading the fast-moving subtitles takes on a challenge of its own. But this is just a small caveat in a film of such overpowering substance and value”
“Monos is one of the year’s most extraordinary films”
SIGHT AND SOUND
“There is a driving narrative impulse: tense things happen”
“Call it a collective character study or a perpetual-war film – Monos takes its cues from a number of well-known influences. But there’s a specific, singular madness that’s completely its own”
“This is a gripping, sometimes hypnotising film in which notions of good and evil are less clear-cut than the urgent desire to stay alive”
“This film is a work of art. There’s no other way to describe it. It looks sublime”
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council