Summer Of 85: **** (out of *****)

When Alexis capsizes his friends boat off the coast of Normandy, he is rescued by an older boy who happens to be sailing by and sees him. This random act of kindness triggers a whirlwind relationship that lasts only six weeks, but will stay with Alexis forever. At 16, his eyes are opened up to a new world of pleasures and emotions he had yet … Continue reading Summer Of 85: **** (out of *****)

Ash Is Purest White-**** Out Of *****

Hollywood has had it’s eye turned toward China for a while now, but American audiences haven’t taken to Chinese films with the same fervor. It isn’t for a lack of quality cinema, as Zhangke Jia’s latest displays. The director made a huge splash with Still Life in 2006, and he has been consistently winning over critics with every film since. Ash Is Purest White is … Continue reading Ash Is Purest White-**** Out Of *****

CIFF Capsule Review: Too Late To Die Young

Much like Call Me By Your Name, with which this film shares a producer, Too Late To Die Young is a coming of age story about young people in a rural setting. Far from the hustle and bustle of Santiago, Chile, Sofia lives in a community in the mountains unencumbered by modern frivolities like running water and electricity. They’re a close-knit group, and the movie … Continue reading CIFF Capsule Review: Too Late To Die Young