Parallel Mothers: NYFF Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 2 hours Director: Pedro Almodóvar Writer: Pedro Almodóvar Stars: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Rossy de Palma By Valerie Kalfrin Mothers and daughters, identity and history combine in “Parallel Mothers” (2021), a twisty tale from writer-director Pedro Almodóvar that suggests our life stories don’t run on parallel tracks so much as intertwine. The closing night film of the New … Continue reading Parallel Mothers: NYFF Review

Language Lessons: LFF2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 91 minutes Director: Natalie Morales Writers: Natalie Morales & Mark Duplass Stars: Natalie Morales, Mark Duplass By Calum Cooper Natalie Morales’ “Language Lessons” (2021) is a great example of a simple concept executed wonderfully. Its choice of storytelling – a computer screen film akin to “Unfriended” (2015) or “Searching” (2018) – is one that I imagine is only going to become more … Continue reading Language Lessons: LFF2021 Review