Girl
First screened in September 2018
Director: Lukas Dhont. Cast: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Katelijne Damen, Tijmen Govaerts, Valentijn Dhaenens, Magali Elali, Alice dr Broqueville, Chris Thys, Marie-Louise Wilderijckx, Daniel Nicodème, Els Olaerts, Angelo Tijssens, Alain Honorez. Screenplay: Lukas Dhont and Angelo Tijssens.

Twitter Capsule: Strenuously exudes compassion for its protagonist but the style is voyeuristically unilluminating, the finale hard to forgive.

Second Capsule: Cast is strong. I assume good intents. But from the dogged lingering on Lara's body to the hyperbolic end, what's preached is not practiced.

VOR:   Convergence of physical ordeals seems novel, as does tricky father-daughter duet, but both go under-explored. More and more insulting clichés.



Photo © 2018 Netflix/Menuet Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D


Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Caméra d'or (Best First Feature); FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard); Best Actor (Un Certain Regard; Polster); Queer Palm

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