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Movie Critics Pick 15 Best Films of Toronto, Venice, Telluride Fests  – The Hollywood Reporter

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Telluride

A lonely homosexual London author, orphaned younger, revisits his previous whereas beginning a brand new romance with a neighbor in Andrew Haigh’s hauntingly lovely examine of grief, love and household. With a quartet of shattering performances from Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Claire Foy and Jamie Bell, this can be a soul-stirring work, heartfelt and unforgettable. — DAVID ROONEY

Telluride

Matthew Heineman’s deeply transferring doc follows musician Jon Batiste and his life accomplice, Suleika Jaouad, by a yr of highs (his exploding profession) and lows (her most cancers recurrence). It’s a live performance movie, a love story and a snapshot of America’s dogged emergence from the pandemic. — DANIEL FIENBERG

Toronto

Hayao Miyazaki emerges from retirement with a profoundly private swan music — a rumination on love, loss and the intersection between life and loss of life in a world spinning uncontrolled. Centering on a grieving boy and the fowl who affords to guide him to his late mom, the movie seems astonishing even by Miyazaki’s hovering requirements. — D.R.

Toronto

Nicolas Cage has by no means been as flat-out hilarious as he’s in Kristoffer Borgli’s gleefully darkish, savagely sharp satire, taking part in a meek school professor who retains popping up in individuals’s nightmares. The star takes a whiny sufferer function and turns it right into a grasp class in reactive comedian appearing. — MICHAEL RECHTSHAFFEN

Venice

Ryusuke Hamaguchi follows his Oscar winner Drive My Automotive with this haunting, slow-burn drama concerning the battle created when a Tokyo firm’s challenge to construct a luxurious tenting retreat threatens the purity of a village’s spring water provide. The movie builds a hypnotic momentum, together with a quiet sense of dread that sneaks up on you. — D.R.

Venice

Agnieszka Holland’s profoundly transferring, flawlessly executed multistrand drama, shot in stark black and white, tracks refugees from numerous nations in 2021 attempting to cross from Russia ally Belarus into EU member Poland. Dealing with inevitably tragic penalties, the characters develop into pawns in a recreation of “pass the parcel” between guards on each side of the title’s inexperienced border. — LESLIE FELPERIN

Venice

A Turkish prison protection lawyer juggles pressing issues on the job and inside her household in Selman Nacar’s drama, which packs a sustained wallop of pressure and unraveling right into a concise 84-minute operating time. Tülin Özen, within the lead function, delivers a pitch-perfect flip as an astute skilled who hasn’t time for her personal vulnerability. — SHERI LINDEN

Toronto

Carrie Coon, Elizabeth Olsen and Natasha Lyonne are distinctive as sisters who reunite to care for his or her father in Azazel Jacobs’ sharp, tender story of sibling bonds strained to the snapping level. The setup is acquainted, however the movie is wry, vivid and transferring in surprising methods — a testomony to Jacobs’ singular contact, his gently eccentric mix of comedian absurdism and emotional generosity. — JON FROSCH

Venice

A Senegalese teenager (indelibly performed by non-pro Seydou Sarr) leaves residence on a quest throughout 1000’s of miles to succeed in Europe in Italian director Matteo Garrone’s emotionally searing however finally uplifting epic. It’s a painstakingly composed work, an journey peppered with moments of nauseating horror but in addition ravishing magnificence and charm. — L.F.

Venice

Bradley Cooper directs and stars right here as composer Leonard Bernstein whereas a never-better Carey Mulligan performs his spouse of 27 years, Felicia Montealegre. Amplifying its power with thrilling use of the topic’s music, this can be a transfixing biographical love story and a layered examination of a relationship that could be grossly oversimplified at this time as that of a closeted homosexual man and his “beard.” — D.R.

Venice

The newest from nice American documaker Frederick Wiseman is a four-hour immersion inside one in every of France’s most interesting eating places, which has been run by the identical household for 4 generations. Set within the kitchens, eating rooms and neighboring farms of a Michelin three-star institution within the bucolic Loire area, the movie uncovers the alchemy that makes such locations succeed. — JORDAN MINTZER

Venice

An excellent absurdist comedy and reflection on feminine freedom, Yorgos Lanthimos’ Venice winner adapts Alasdair Grey’s novel a couple of lady who reinvents herself after being introduced again from loss of life by a mad scientist. Full of impolite delights, spry wit and radical fantasy, the film is a feast. And Emma Stone gorges on it in a fearless, career-defining lead efficiency. — D.R.

Venice

Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi play Priscilla and Elvis Presley in Sofia Coppola’s delicate, quietly affecting drama, which tells a well-known love story however locations at its middle the younger lady who turns into caught up in a romantic daydream. The film would possibly seem on its floor to point out a protagonist with out company, however the Priscilla portrayed right here is at all times attuned to her personal wants. — D.R.

Telluride

Ethan Hawke’s chic portrait of Southern author Flannery O’Connor is distinguished by its visible class, its electrical leaps between an creator’s life and her work, and the scrumptious depth of the performances, with Maya Hawke and Laura Linney every taking over a half-dozen interconnected roles. It’s a movie wealthy in nuance, element and artistic juice. — S.L.

Venice

Wes Anderson’s completely crafted mini-marvel of a Roald Dahl adaptation tells the story of a wealthy Brit (Benedict Cumberbatch) who turns into fascinated by a man claiming to see with out his eyes (Ben Kingsley). At 40 minutes, it’s a tasty amuse-bouche that even the Anderson-allergic could take pleasure in. — L.F.

This story seems within the Sept. 20 challenge of The Hollywood Reporter journal. Click on right here to subscribe.

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