REVIEW ROUNDUP: VARDA BY AGNES, PAVAROTTI, TELL IT TO THE BEES

New releases at the IFI from Friday July 19th: Varda by Agnès, Tell it to the Bees and Pavarotti

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

VARDA BY AGNES
“Varda died in March of this year. Watching the sprightly, energetic creature at the heart of this picture, it’s hard to believe that she’s gone.”
4/5 – Irish Times

“Two hours in this director’s company is a pleasure.”
4/5 – Guardian

“Devotees and newbies alike will reap what Varda has sown.”
5/5 – Little White Lies

“It’s a charming and characteristically bittersweet farewell that allows Varda to have the final word on her films.”
IndieWire

“A personal, playful account of a rich creative legacy.”
Hollywood Reporter

TELL IT TO THE BEES
“It’s hard to dislike this pleasant, earnest work.”
Hollywood Reporter

“It’s a cause-and-affect drama earnestly working the gallery.”
Financial Times

“It’s a touching and tender tale”
Irish Independent

PAVAROTTI
“The film, with a tone both middling and pleasing to the ear, trembles with feeling. Like Pavarotti himself, it embraces the tenor’s unnatural register, tuning its own fiction until the performance sings true, rarely missing a note.”
4/5 – RTÉ

“A warm, emotional and completely involving film about the celebrated tenor”
LA Times

“Howard’s film is a love letter to the icon, but ultimately Pavarotti is a more of a celebration of the individual behind that façade and a reminder that it’s as much his humanity as his talent that made him a star.”
The Wrap

“Intelligent, vastly appreciative of its subject and conventional in approach, Pavarotti can scarcely go wrong due to the charisma of its subject, the gorgeous music that wallpapers the entire film and an arc of success arguably unmatched in the opera world. If the film is all but engorged with goodies, one can hardly object that this is in some way inappropriate to it subject.”
The Hollywood Reporter


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