Venice Film Festival Reviews


Outrage coda

'Outrage Coda': Venice Review

Beat Takeshi ends his crime trilogy in suitably visceral style

Disappearance web

'Disappearance': Venice Review

An Iranian couple get caught in a web of lies in Ali Asgari’s precisely crafted debut


'Custody': Venice Review

A menacing drama about domestic terrorism closes the Venice Film Festival’s Competition section

Above the law

'Above The Law (Tueurs)': Venice Review

A dangerous game of cat and mouse is played in this tense Belgian crime thriller


'Racer And The Jailbird': Venice Review

Mathias Schoenaerts and Adele Exarchopoulos star in the latest from ’Bullhead’ director Michael R Roskam.

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'Mektoub My Love: Canto Uno': Venice Review

Abdellatif Kechiche follows up 2013’s Blue is The Warmest Colour with a South of France-set summer romance

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'The Rape of Recy Taylor': Venice Review

The brutal rape of a black woman in 1944 Alabama is the basis for Nancy Buirski’s exploration of race and civil rights

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'Angels Wear White': Venice Review

Vivian Qu’s tale of abuse and corruption in China’s ‘gold coast’ marks her out as a force to be reckoned with


'Manhunt': Venice Review

Breezy, handsomely mounted fun that shows John Woo has lost neither his mojo nor his sense of poetry

Sweet country

'Sweet Country': Venice Review

A ravishing film from Warwick Thornton helps illustrate Australia’s racial divide

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'Loving Pablo': Venice Review

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz reunite for Spain’s Fernando Leon de Aranoa

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'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond': Venice Review

Compelling documentary looks back at the shooting of Milos Forman’s ‘Man On The Moon’ with Jim Carrey going full method to play Andy Kaufman

The Third Murder

​'The Third Murder': Venice Review

Hirozaku Kore-Eda turns his hand to crime noir

My generation

'My Generation': Venice Review

London in the Swinging Sixties is fondly remembered by Sir Michael Caine

A family

'A Family': Venice Review

Micaela Ramazzotti and Patrick Bruel star in Sebastiano Riso’s melodrama about professional surrogates


'mother!': Venice Review

Darren Aronofsky delivers an expressionistic ode to the times we live in.

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'Gatta Cenerentola': Venice Review

A modern, animated Neapolitan reworking of the familiar Cinderella tale

The cousin

'The Cousin': Venice Review

Israeli filmmaker Tzahi Grad directs and stars in this wry comedy about Middle Eastern hostilities

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'Ex Libris – New York Public Library': Venice Review

The world’s fourth-largest library, with 87 branches, is examined by veteran documentarian Frederick Wiseman


'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri': Venice Review

Frances McDormand is scorching as a small-town avenger in the latest from Seven Psychopaths’ Martin McDonagh.