“If something’s broken, it stays broken,” intones Bo (Lorraine Toussaint) at the outset of Fast Color, which then proceeds to indicate that things – and other people – can be mended through the facility of family, love and connection to the previous. Ruth’s flight takes her to her childhood home and her mom Bo (Lorraine Toussaint) and daughter Lila (Saniyya Sidney), each of whom have the capability to wield swirly-colored constructive/deconstructive power. The volatility of youth and the vitality of kinship (with current and former relatives) function sturdy thematic undercurrents for this low-key genre tale.
As along with his prior Black Coal, Thin Ice, Chinese director Diao Yinan’s The Wild Goose Lake has a coiled depth that amplifies its romantic fatalism. Hunted by police captain Liu (Liao Fan), Diao’s protagonists are engaged in a lethal sport that’s played in silence as a result of they all inherently know the foundations, … Read More