One of the most original short films I’ve seen in a long time. The Kármán Line takes a vivid image of a floating woman and creates a powerful story that explores loss, vulnerability and grief all in the space of twenty –five minutes. Olivia Colman is simply superb as a mother who is plagued by an illness that makes her levitate upwards, over the course of two weeks, into orbit. Director Oscar Sharp’s willingness to take a sensitive subject and turn it on its head has created a poignant and memorable piece of film.
The Muse is a deeply mesmeric venture into film for fashion photographer Tim, as he seamlessly blends the concept of the muse and the mythology of mermaids with a little help from the intriguing Ben Whishaw along the way.
Hal Hartley returns with the dramedy ‘Ned Rifle’ as the final installment in his trilogy that started in 1997 with ‘Henry’s Fool.’ Hartley’s distinctive story telling voice, accompanied by a stand out performance from a deadpan, sultry Aubrey Plaza make this his most accessible effort to date.
America’s most influential film critic is treated with great humility in this window into the final days of his life. His determination and love for film are felt whole-heartedly in this fitting tribute from Steve James who ensures Robert Ebert gets one last ‘Thumbs Up.’