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Marianne Ihlen: she remains stuck in the role of the beautiful ingénue, the part-time lover, in Nick Broomfield’s documentary. Copyright Nick Broomfield

Marianne & Leonard: a new film tells us little about the woman fixed in the role of musician’s muse

Nick Broomfield's latest documentary explores the romance between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen. But the film fails to confront the harder truths of the license taken by, and conceded to, creative men.
The Portal uses individual stories of meditative transformation to suggest a bigger change is possible. Supplied

The Portal review: can meditation change the world?

A new film contends that meditation can transform us from individuals in chaos to calm beings - and in turn change the world.
Phoenix Raei plays an Iranian refugee forced to join a fight club in a detention centre in the film Below. Melbourne International Film Festival

A new Australian film set in an immigration detention centre is a jarring mix of violence, satire and humanism

In the film Below, a fight club is set up in a fictional, remote immigration detention centre. However the film’s shock tactics often feel manufactured, and risk exploiting the refugee crisis as mere backdrop.
Adam Goodes in The Australian Dream: in the film he talks of finding an identity in football and with The Sydney Swans. Melbourne International Film Festival

The Australian Dream is must-see for lovers of football and this country

A new film chronicling the impact of racism on Indigenous football star Adam Goodes is both a damning and hopeful portrait of contemporary Australia.
The French film School’s Out is a masterpiece. Avenue B Productions, Canal+, OCS

Five films not to miss from the 2019 Sydney Film Festival

A flawless French film, a Macedonian parable and a documentary following alt-right strategist Steve Bannon are three of the stand out films from this year's festival.
Aisling Franciosi in Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale: perhaps the most interesting aspect of the film is the controversy surrounding the violence it depicts. BRON Studios, Causeway Films, Creative Wealth Media Finance

The Nightingale - much ado about nothing

As revenge films go, Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale is watchable if uninspired. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the film is the controversy surrounding the violence it depicts.

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