Berlin Film Festival reviews


And Your Bird Can Sing

'And Your Bird Can Sing': Berlin Review

Three drifting Japanese youngsters become embroiled in a love triangle

What She Said

'What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael': Berlin Review

Documentary about the career and influence of seminal film critic Pauline Kael

O Beautiful Night

'O Beautiful Night': Berlin Review

After meeting Death, a young German man embarks on a bizarre after-dark adventure

From Tomorrow On, I Will

'From Tomorrow On, I Will': Berlin Review

A directorial debut set in Beijing follows a lonely night watchman on his rounds


'Marighella': Berlin Review

A kinetic call to arms from Brazilian first-time director Wagner Moura, with Seu Jorge in the lead


'So Long, My Son': Berlin Review

Wang Xiaoshuai’s ambitious work lights up the Berlinale Competition


'Elisa And Marcela': Berlin Review

Isabel Coixet’s Netflix drama is a relentlessly tasteful affair

'The Breath'

'The Breath': Berlin Review

Uli M. Schueppel concludes his ‘Berlin Chants’ trilogy


'Synonyms': Berlin Review

Nadav Lapid’s telling of his own life story

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'Varda By Agnès': Berlin Review

Agnès Varda tells her life story, and it’s a pretty picture

farewell to the night

'Farewell To The Night': Berlin Review

Catherine Deneuve stars in the latest drama from André Téchiné

Flesh Out

'Flesh Out': Berlin Review

In Mauritania, northwest Africa, a woman is forced to gain weight for her future husband


'Piranhas': Berlin Review

Young Neapolitan gangsters run roughshod over the city

I Was At Home But

'I Was At Home, But': Berlin Review

A mother struggles to readjust when her missing son returns

Stupid Young Heart (Uwa Iduozee)

'Stupid Young Heart': Berlin Review

A 15-year-old Finnish boy becomes embroiled in the politics of a local right-wing gang

Shadow Play

'The Shadow Play': Berlin Review

Lou Ye spins a tangled web of corruption in Guangzhou politics and policing

a tale of three sisters

'A Tale of Three Sisters': Berlin Review

Emin Alper’s third film is a mystical family drama set in Central Anatolia

The Day After Im Gone

'The Day After I'm Gone': Berlin Review

An Israeli father and daughter struggle with their crumbling relationship

ghost town anthology

'Ghost Town Anthology': Berlin Review

An isolated, inward-looking Quebecois community struggles to cope with unexpected deaths and otherworldly appearances


'Watergate': Berlin Review

An epic documentary looks at duplicitous American president Richard M Nixon