LFF REVIEW: “A quiet, bittersweet gem” – ‘Monsoon’ (2019)

“Shy efforts to build connections with the world around him feel tender and real” Hong Khaou’s second feature opens with an overhead shot of a traffic junction in Ho Chi Minh City. Hundreds of cars, bikes and scooters approach from multiple directions, pushing forward and giving way as they negotiate the road together. It’s a…

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LFF REVIEW: “You may be watching through your fingers” – ‘Monos’ (2019)

“A portrait of the legacy which violent acts leave behind.” A group of adolescent soldiers, dubbed the monos (monkeys), are sequestered on the peak of an ancient mountain miles from Colombian civilization. They are part of a larger paramilitary cause named The Organization, but their paths intersect only briefly with their more experienced comrades.  For…

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