Which arthouse films stood out at the fall 2021 festivals? | Characteristics

The fall festival season started on September 1 with Venice and comes to a close this week when London and Busan come to a close, encompassing everything from Toronto, Telluride, San Sebastian and the New York Film Festival in between. .

This all-physical drop from the 2021 Fall Festival has left plenty to feast on, from titles that are clearly gearing up to enter the awards hall, to some arthouse treasures that may have escaped immediate attention. but will not remain silent for long. FilterCritics have called on those to watch this year.

Award candidates


Real. Kenneth branagh
Our reviewer said: “An engaging and tender film that pulls on the sensitive chords, stimulated by a sympathetic cast and the young leader, newcomer Jude Hill.”
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go! Go on

Real. Mike Mills
Our reviewer said: “Joaquin Phoenix shines in Mike Mills’ non-sentimental exploration of tense family dynamics.”
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Real. Joe wright
Our reviewer said: “Peter Dinklage steals the show in musical version of classic Joe Wright text.”
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Tammy Faye’s eyes

Real. Michael showalter
Our reviewer said: “Jessica Chastain gives a big-hearted performance as Tammy Faye, never judging the tabloid which has been widely mocked for her looks, cartoonish voice and lavish lifestyle.”
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God’s hand

Real. Paul Sorrentino
Our reviewer said: “Paolo Sorrentino delivers a very personal memoir that really breathes on the big screen.”
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king richard

Real. Reinaldo Marcus Green
Our reviewer said: Guided by the strong and complicated performances of Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis, who play Richard and his long-suffering wife, Brandy, director Reinaldo Marcus Green’s drama works best when it goes against gender conventions. “
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The lost girl

Real. Maggie Gyllenhaal
Our reviewer said: “This curvy adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel marks a hugely confident debut feature by Maggie Gyllenhaal.”
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The power of the dog

Real. Jeanne Campion
Our reviewer said: “Jane Campion embarks on American Gothic with a 1920s story that feels like an old-fashioned western filtered through the dramatic and dark mindset of a William Faulkner.”
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Real. Pablo Larrain
Our reviewer said: “The film plays with and deconstructs Diana’s familiar repertoire of myths and imagery to provide an empathetic and intelligent glimpse into the prison of fame and privilege, with Kristen Stewart delivering a lead performance that is brittle, tender, at times playful. and no little wonder. “
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Macbeth’s tragedy

Real. Joel coen
Our reviewer said: “Like Macbeth, Washington is both fierce and weary; as Lady Macbeth – a woman who doesn’t even have a name to call hers – McDormand is ravenous and determined. “
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Critical Favorites



Real. Terence davies
Our reviewer said: “The life of the poet Siegfried Sassoon (played by Jack Lowden, and, as an older man, Peter Capaldi) is explored in this aptly lyrical portrait.
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The card counter

Real. Paul schrader
Our reviewer said: “A film that extends the second, third or fourth coming (opinions differ) of the 75-year-old director.”
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The good boss

Real. Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Our reviewer said: “This is the spectacle of Javier Bardem as he reunites with Fernando Leon de Aranoa for this parable of power in a provincial town in Spain.”
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Real. Audrey Diwan
Our reviewer said: “Title of the Venice competition Event is uncompromising in its description of what French women who wanted to terminate a pregnancy were forced to go through before abortion was legalized in 1975. “
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Real. Stephane Karam
Our reviewer said: “A disturbing and tight comedy drama by Stephen Karam, adapting his own play.”
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Lost illusions

Real. Xavier Giannoli
Our reviewer said: “An opulent interpretation of Balzac’s sprawling novel.”
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Madeline Collins

Real. Antoine Barraud
Our reviewer said: “The central performance of Virginie Efira carries the intriguing and skilfully structured psychological thriller of Antoine Barraud.
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Official competition

Dirs. Gaston Duprat, Mariano Cohn.
Our reviewer said: “Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz unite with Oscar Martinez for this biting and funny movie show.”
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The rescue

Dirs. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
Our reviewer said: “Free solo wife and husband Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s directors are forensic in the details they provide and the range of testimony they have gathered; the result is a tense and captivating documentary with a strong emotional charge.
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The tender bar

Real. George clooney
Our reviewer said: “The familiar qualities are softened by touching passages and a collection of no-frills, lived-in performances, including that of Ben Affleck.”
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Real things

Real. Harry wootliff
Our reviewer said: “Britain’s Harry Wootliff expands his lineup to a dazzling degree with his immersive second feature film – an intoxicating tale of a woman and the bad man in a dilapidated seaside town comes with adventure.”
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Off the beaten track



Real. Royston Tan
Our reviewer said: “Quite delightful scene by scene, as the characters are vividly sketched through glimpses of life, work and artistic endeavors.”
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7 prisoners

Real. Alexandre moratto
Our reviewer said: “This awe-inspiring feature takes the subject of modern day slavery as the starting point for a moral narrative that becomes increasingly gnarly and satisfying as it progresses.”
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Like in paradise

Real. Lindebourg tea
Our reviewer said: “An ambitious calling card from the Danish television director, and technically accomplished in what she sets out to do.”
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Dirs. Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra
Our reviewer said: “The agonies of the Caribbean colonial heritage are examined with aesthetic elegance and unsettling elusiveness, the second feature film from this Argentinian-Spanish writer / director duo.”
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Fever dream

Real. Claudia Llosa
Our reviewer said: “A primitive story about our dangerously jaded relationship with nature, Fever dream is ripe for these epidemic times.
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Full time

Real. Eric Gravel
Our reviewer said:Call my agent The star Laure Calamy delivers a sympathetic but irritating performance in this film of a propulsive intensity.
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The madwoman’s ball

Real. Melanie Laurent
Our reviewer said: “A sumptuous Gallic Gothic thriller set largely in the infamous Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, this strikingly beautiful production that plunges deep into the ugliness at the roots of psychiatric medicine.”
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Real. Bogdan George Apetri
Our reviewer said: “The second in a planned trilogy, Bodgan George Apetri’s gripping moral tale clearly divides between incident and investigation. “
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Montana history

Dirs. Scott McGehee and David Siegel
Our reviewer said: “The gentle modesty of Montana history belies the emotion of this study of a sister and brother returning home to face a dying father and an unresolved past.
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