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EIFF 2019: Bittersweet Symphony (2019) dir: Jamie Adams

This amateurish and unfocussed mess of a film feels like watching someone else's home movie. Despite the evident talents of some of those in front of the camera (including Suki Waterhouse and Jennifer Grey), it is ultimately a rather cringeworthy affair. Oh, and it has nothing to do with The Verve.

Bittersweet Symphony (2019)

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Roma (2018) written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Cuarón's deeply personal project was inspired by his own upbringing in early-1970s Mexico. It is a masterpiece, weaving a stunning human tapestry via picture-perfect monochrome wide angle shots and lengthy takes. Starring Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

Roma (2018) dir: Alfonso Cuarón

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EIFF 2018: The Parting Glass (2018) directed by Stephen Moyer

True Blood star Stephen Moyer’s big screen directorial debut is an impressively naturalistic ensemble piece about the grieving process. The film's subtle puzzle-style approach to narrative might not be for everyone but the characters here come across like real human beings.

The Parting Glass (2018)

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A Quiet Place (2018) directed by and starring John Krasinski

This original and nerve-shredding piece of horror cinema is another impressive example of the genre's current renaissance. In lieu of spoken dialogue, some great use is made of visual storytelling and ambient sound design. It also stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe.

Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place

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Kôji Fukada's film is a complex, multilayered tragedy about the consequences of difficult decisions.

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