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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020

THE REVIEWS

FESTIVAL FEATURE
LATEST REVIEWS
By Charlie David Page
12th August 2020

The Melbourne International Film Festival is underway now - streaming more than 110 films spanning 44 shorts, 12 world premieres and 82 Australian premieres, the festival's expansive program features online talks, Q&As, activations and free film program with special surprise screenings, virtual events and performances set to be announced across the three-week Festival.

The SWITCH team have explored this year's virtual line-up - so take a look at our reviews of our top picks below, and check back throughout MIFF 2020 as we add new verdicts!

Wendy - Visually striking, narratively clunky
WENDY
Visually striking, narratively clunky
Despite strong similarities to Benh Zeitlin's earlier 'Beasts of the Southern Wild', some script issues and a sense of overfamiliarity makes this a slog.
Corpus Christi - Dreams, deceit and salvation
CORPUS CHRISTI
Dreams, deceit and salvation
Featuring some beautiful images of the Polish countryside, this is a powerful story of sacrifice and redemption.
First Cow - A minimalist portrait of the American dream
FIRST COW
A minimalist portrait of the American dream
Kelly Reichardt points to an alternate reality where it's not the muscle of capitalism that conquers, but rather the sweet companionship and commitment to fellowship, not the greed of self-interest.
Boys State - A revelation on the power of politics and young minds
BOYS STATE
A revelation on the power of politics and young minds
An absolute revelation, a blockbuster of a documentary, a rollercoaster ride of endless shocks and surprises, and easily one of the best films of the year.
Shirley - A hypnotic dreamscape of one of the greatest writers of all time
SHIRLEY
A hypnotic dreamscape of one of the greatest writers of all time
It is pure Shirley Jackson and yet entirely a work of its own, and one of the best films of the year so far - one that you'll feel watching you just beyond your periphery long after it is over.
Shiva Baby - A comedy of discomfort
SHIVA BABY
A comedy of discomfort
While it may play out like a psychological thriller at times, it's a witty and fun film that may lack originality, but has plenty of energy and memorable moments that make for a confident debut.
Kuessipan - Coming of age story in an Innu community
KUESSIPAN
Coming of age story in an Innu community
There is no "right" path for these girls to take, but the confidence with which director Myriam Verreault approaches the issues makes for a captivating and tender film. It will linger on your mind.
Servants - An austere glimpse behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia
SERVANTS
An austere glimpse behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia
While it's certainly impressive, filled with striking cinematography and flashes where we glimpse the strange, surreal world behind the Iron Curtain, it feels like an unfinished film.
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