Quick Picks @ LFF – The Intruder, Wildfire and Bad Tales

With so many movies on offer at the London Film Festival, it can be difficult to plough through all the full-length reviews. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, as our popular Quick Picks brings you a range of festival favourites without the long review. Instead, these quick picks offer a summary of our thoughts alongside our star rating. Our second Quick Picks at LFF features The Intruder, Wildfire and Bad Tales.

The Intruder (2020)

With an opening thirty minutes that surround the viewer with a level of paranoia and tension that echoes Hitchcock, The Intruder’s introduction is both engaging, atmospheric and lavish in construct. However, Natalia Meta’s stylish cinematography and tension are soon lost in a sea of competing themes. With a narrative that bounces from taut thriller to quasi-supernatural horror. With the resulting film fading quickly from memory despite the outstanding performances of both Erica Rivas and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart. However, for those who are willing to stick with the movies bewildering style and vision, it does provide an enjoyable, if confusing journey.

Neil Baker – Cinerama Film Online

Director: Natalia Meta

Cast: Erica Rivas, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Guillermo ArengoMirta BusnelliDaniel Hendler,

Genre: Thriller

Wildfire (2020)

Cathy Brady’s debut feature is nothing short of ferocious in its dramatic power and complexity. As past trauma, mental health and a need for belonging mix with the turbulent social history of Northern Ireland. In a film where two estranged sisters, find a wild and passionate reconciliation that pushes the very boundaries of memory, place and sisterhood. The suppressed emotions of childhood igniting in a blaze of conflict, anger and pain. The journey of healing that ensues, resulting in a merging of souls, within a movie that never attempts to offer easy answers to the complexity of the social themes raised.

Neil Baker – Cinerama Film Online

Director: Cathy Brady

Cast: Kate DickieNora-Jane NooneMartin McCann, Helen Behan

Genre: Drama

Bad Tales (2020)

Anyone wondering whether Italian cinema has lost its bite in recent years will find Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo’s Bad Tales a pitch-black tonic. It’s cinematic style sitting somewhere between fairytale and soap opera, as it joyously dissects the relationship between a group of children and their parents. The result of which is a film that skirts the boundary between Italian neo-realism and fantasy. Its core messages on dysfunctional family life and the childhood it creates burning with ferocity, in a movie that may prove too bleak for some. However, if you are willing to delve deep into the uncomfortable social constructs at play, Bad Tales offers nothing short of a daring and dark journey into parental failure.

Neil Baker – Cinerama Film Online

Directors:  Damiano D’InnocenzoFabio D’Innocenzo

Cast:  Elio GermanoTommaso Di ColaGiulietta Rebeggiani, Gabriel Montesi, Justin Korovkin

Genre: Drama

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