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Sep 24 2015

TIFF Review Index

Let this serve as the official TIFF Review reference guide since the festival closed up shop Sunday night after the Free screening ofthe People's Choice winnerRoom.We hope you enjoyed reading along with our reviews.AmirandIsaw about 50 movies between us but we'll have to wrap up now as NYFF screenings have already started and Oscar charts MUST be updated and so on.

Fall Film Season is finally upon us!

3 of my favorites of the 29 I saw...

37 Films Reviewed
45 YearsBritish marital drama (Nathaniel)
3000 NightsPalestinian prison drama (Amir)
AnomalisaExistential stop-motion dramedy (Nathaniel)
Arabian Nights: Vol 2Portugueuse art film with politicial satire vignettes (Nathaniel)
As I Open My EyesTunisian music drama (Nathaniel)
Baba JoonIsrael's immigrant family drama & Oscar submission (Amir)
Bang GangFrench teen sex drama (Nathaniel)
The ClanArgentine true crime drama (Nathaniel)
Closet MonsterCanadian LGBT drama (Nathaniel)
DégradéPalestinian hair salon set female drama (Amir)
DemolitionCanadian grief dramedy (Nathaniel)
Desde AlláVenezuelan LGBT Drama & Venice winner (Amir)
DheepanFrench Immigrant drama,Palme d'or winner (Amir)
The DressmakerAustralian revenge dramedy (Glenn)
Embrace of the SerpentBlack & White Colombian Amazon journey (Nathaniel)
Eva Doesn't Sleepexperimental Argentine corpse drama (Nathaniel)
The Family FangUS Dramedy about a performance art family (Nathaniel)
Girls LostSwedish LGBT Teen Drama (Nathaniel)
Granny's Dancing on the TableSwedish animated/live-action hybrid (Nathaniel)
The Here AfterSwedish School Drama (Nathaniel)
HomesickNorwegian incest drama (Nathaniel)
I Saw The LightUS musical biopic (Nathaniel)
InvisibleFilipino immigrant drama (Nathaniel)
LoveFrench 3D sex drama (Nathaniel)
Much LovedMoroccan docudrama on sex workers in Marrakech (Amir)
MustangTurkish coming of age drama (Amir)
Phantom BoyFrench animated adventure (Nathaniel)
RoomUS family/crime drama,and People's Choice Winner (Nathaniel)
Spotlight,US journalist drama (Nathaniel)
StonewallUS gay history drama (Nathaniel)
TaxiJafar Panahi's comedy & Berlinale Winner (Amir)
TruthUS TV news political drama (Nathaniel)
VictoriaGerman continuous shot crime drama (Nathaniel)
The WaveNorwegian disaster epic (Nathaniel)
The Witchthis year's Sundance horror sensation (Nathaniel)
YouthShowbiz drama (Nathaniel)

upside down,VICTORIA turned me,inside out.and round and round

Other TIFF Articles
Best Actress Contenders(Nathaniel)
Red Carpet Opening Weekend(Jose)
Red Carpet Post-Venice(Jose)
Victoria's Single Take / Birdman Comparison(Sebastian)
People's Choice and Other Awards(Nathaniel)
Women He's Undressed - The Interview(Jose)
IndieWire Critics Poll(Nathaniel)

TIFF Juries of One
I polled the podcasters who stayed the whole fest.Here's what they said...

Nathaniel R Joe Reid Nick Davis
Film Room Son of Saul Arabian Nights
Director Cirro Guerra,Embrace of Serpent Ridley Scott,
The Martian
Laszlo Nemes,
Son of Saul
Actress Charlotte Rampling,
45 Years
Cate Blanchett,
Kalieaswari Srinivasan,Dheepan
Actor Jacob Tremblay,
Abraham Attah,Beasts of No Nation Frederick Lau,
Supp.Actress Kate Dickie,
The Witch
Julianne Moore,Maggie's Plan Ghalia Benali,As I Open My Eyes
Supp.Actor Stanley Tucci,
Scoot McNairy,Our Brand is Crisis Abdella Didane,
Much Loved
Craft Contribution Sound,
Son of Saul
The Assassin
Cinematography,Embrace of Serpent Art Direction,
Son of Saul
The Danish Girl
Camera Operator,Victoria

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Reader Comments (19)

Awesome coverage!

And a good year for child actors,it seems.

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

OH NOOO.I forgot to respond to your email with my favourites :(

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterAmir

well,what are they then :) ?

September 24,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

will we see a full on review of all the volumes of miguel gomes arabian nights,on TFE eventually?i was really looking forward to said reviews.

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterMilton

Oh God,this Kate Dickie is the same that rocked my world eight years ago in Red Road.I haven't seen her ever since,except in tiny roles.So glad to know she is still awesome!

September 24,2015 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Now I need to know about MAGGIE'S PLAN!
Never heard about this one before and Julianne Moore is great (as usual) ini it?!

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

Milton -- i hope so but Amir wants to see them again before he attempts it.

September 24,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Craver -- all i heard from anyone was that Julianne was super FUNNY (?!?) in it.It's an Ethan Hawke,Greta Gerwig,Julianne Moore love triangle or something and she apparently sports a Danish accent.

September 24,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

What are Brie Larsons's chance of an Oscar nom?

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlbatross

Nick,so thrilled you chose Srinivasan as your Best Actress of the fest.Hers is the performance that resonates most with me from the handful of films I saw.And of course,the Son of Saul love is so well earned.

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

Hey--did you,Nick,and Joe see any of the same films?Your favs lists are SO different.Great work and coverage for this festival!Hard to keep track of all the good ones you've recommended when they don't get released until a year or so later.

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Albatross -- i think very good.

Pam -- we all went to THE WITCH together and we all saw ARABIAN NIGHTS and VICTORIA i think...but yeah,there are hundreds of films there so we saw a lot of different things.

September 24,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I saw 34 films and I only regret sitting through one,and even that had the redeeming presence of Toni Collette.

My top 13 includes some more conventional choices and I wish I could squeeze London Road and Rams on to the list:

45 Years,Brooklyn,The Danish Girl,Eye in the Sky,The Family Fang,Forsaken,Louder Than Bombs,Magallanes,The Man Who Knew Infinity,Mississippi Grind,Spotlight,Veteran,Youth.

The two films that had me laughing nonstop that did not make the list were both directed by women: Maggie's Plan and The Meddler.

I regret I didn't see Room but it played opposite two films I wanted to see more.

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Low

I found Maggie's Plan was hysterical though Moore's accent was kind of terrible.Though it added to the loopy humor.

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Low

I love that there are no double ups in that critics' poll.If only the end of year critics' awards could be that diverse!

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

david --- well you made the right choice.ROOM is awesome but it's opening soon so you probably saw something less available.

September 24,2015 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Love the different choices and opinions in your awards.Great coverage.Will you be coverig BFI London?

September 25,2015 | Unregistered Commentersummer

Can Sundance Selects really pull off a nomination for Charlotte Rampling?I'm cautiously optimistic.

September 25,2015 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

Thank you so much for your coverage guys - it's been phenomenal and invaluable and awesome and brilliant and and and

September 25,2015 | Unregistered Commentergoran

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