Strong performances and a moving score elevate A Fire in the Cold Season, a thriller that offers few genuine thrills.
Game Theory Films
Ash is a character study that leads audiences one way, only to twist the story into a tough and disturbing direction.
Fresh off the festival circuit, Hlynur Pálmason’s A White, White Day rapturously yet bleakly explores familiar themes of grief and loss. Pálmason’s second feature offers a clinical, appropriately distanced character study, while maintaining a coherent sense of the character’s interiority.
Jonathan Jakubowicz’s Resistance comes at a time of surging interest in more action-oriented films relating to the Holocaust, World War II, anti-Semitism, and Nazism. Unlike recent media like Amazon’s Hunters and HBO’s The Plot Against America, Resistance doesn’t participate in any overt historical or genre revisionism, though it is hard to ignore its slight devotion to the thriller genre.
An uninhibited lifestyle of mischief comes to a halt for Karol (Mateusz Nedza) when he receives a call from Bruna (Bruna Massarelli) about their expectant child. The pregnancy comes as a surprise to both of them after a one-night-stand and Bruna arrives back to her home in São Paulo, Brazil. Angry but still taking responsibility for this new chapter, Karol relocates to Brazil to prepare with Bruna, but also to be a loyal parent – unlike his…