Last Winter

Film, Drama
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Life in a deteriorating Belgian farming community offers few reasons to be cheerful in this miserablist, if visually arresting debut feature from director Shank. The film precisely charts how Johann (an impressive powder-keg performance from Rottiers) loses faith in the agricultural co-op of which he and his father are members. This in turn nudges him into psychological meltdown, as he begins to reject his family and a union whose structure – despite the assurances of its vehemently old school membership – is inherently flawed. Notable for its astonishing natural photography – the spare rural vistas and shots of flickering fire are clearly indebted to early Terrence Malick – the film’s final-reel drift into the abstract make it difficult to pinpoint exactly what Shank is trying to say.



Release details

103 mins

Cast and crew

John Shank
Vincent Rottiers
Anaïs Demoustier
Florence Loiret-Caille
Michel Subor
Aurore Clément