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Last Winter

  • Film
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

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.
Written by David Jenkins

Release Details

  • Duration:103 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:John Shank
  • Cast:
    • Vincent Rottiers
    • Anaïs Demoustier
    • Florence Loiret-Caille
    • Michel Subor
    • Aurore Clément
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