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Posts from the ‘TIFF2011’ Category

Alois Nebel (2011)

Directed by:  Tomáš Lunák

2 stars

1989, the eve of the dismantling of the Berlin wall.  In a remote part of Czechoslovakia, a desperate man tries to evade border guards, but is eventually captured.  At a nearby train station lives railwayman Alois Nebel (Miroslav Krobot).  Withdrawn and disconnected, he rarely speaks, and draws comfort from reading railway timetables.   Read more

Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011)

Directed by: Nick Broomfield

3 stars

This documentary begins with an unsuccessful attempt by Broomfield to get an interview with Palin herself, and returns to the attempt a few times over the 90 minutes running time.  The amount of time spent on this is one of two weaknesses with the film, the other, more serious one, being an increasingly obvious partisanship on the film-maker’s part. Read more

Kill List (2011)

Directed by : Ben Wheatley 

4 stars

Eight months after a job in Kiev went wrong, volatile hit-man Jay (Neil Maskell) is under financial pressure from wife Shel to get back to work, so when old partner Gal (Michael Smiley) tells him of a new job, he’s ready to bid farewell to wife and adored son. Read more

Smuggler (2011)

Directed by: Katsuhito Ishii

3 stars

No longer-aspiring actor Kinuta (Satoshi Tsumabuki) gambles in the wrong den, and to expunge his debts he’s forced to take up work as a smuggler: a mover/disposer of the bodies of people killed in organised-crime slayings.  When the fantastically-named hit team of Vertebrae and Viscera wipe out a gangland boss, the smugglers find themselves involved in a complex game of gang wars and double-crossing beauties. Read more

The Descendants (2011)

Directed by:  Alexander Payne

2 stars

Matt (George Clooney) is a Hawaiian lawyer and, through inheritance, the sole trustee of a 25,000 acre estate, which will shortly be sold.  After a water-skiing accident leaves his wife in a coma, Matt must hold himself and his family together, meet the competing demands of relatives, islanders and conscience in disposing of the land – and find a way of coming to terms with the revelation that his wife was having an affair. Read more

Lovely Molly (2011)

Directed by: Eduardo Sánchez

3 stars

When newlyweds Molly (Gretchen Lodge) and Tim (Johnny Lewis) move into the house of Molly’s deceased parents, it’s not long before they start to experience more than just bumps in the night.  Is someone there, or is it in Molly’s mind? Read more

Sleepless Night (2011) 
Nuit Blanche

Directed by: Frédéric Jardin

4 stars

Two armed robbers steal a shipment of cocaine from the men delivering it to night-club owning crime lord José.  One of the robbers is stabbed and, worse for him, is identified as Vincent (Tomer Sisley), a police Lieutenant.  The next afternoon, his son is snatched by José, who wants his coke back. Read more

Hick (2011)

Directed by: Derick Martini

1 stars

In Nowhere, Nebraska, thirteen year-old Luli (Chloe Moretz) lives with her dead-beat parents, whose life together has degenerated into a war of attrition punctuated by alcohol-fuelled fights and extra-marital engagements.  When both mom and dad head out for an indeterminate period, sassy Luli decides it’s time to do the same.  So, armed with just her sketch book, a bag and a .45 (a birthday present from an uncle) she hits the road, with Las Vegas in mind. Read more