Tori and Lokita

Directed by Darddennes
Belgium2022
Friday, 11 November 22 - 8:00pm
@ Strand Arts Centre
Too Late!
Belgian two-time Palme d'Or-winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes have become a byword for a particularly unflinching realism that exposes acute social issues with very unsentimental compassion.
It's a style that many have emulated but as Tori and Lokita proves, they remain its masters, this time shining that searching yet sympathetic light onto the plight of a young boy and an adolescent girl who forged a deeply touching friendship as they travelled to Belgium unaccompanied from Africa. The hardships of their lives in Europe are manifold, and can certainly be read as reflective of the challenges that face the easily exploited refugee and immigrant underclass in any Western nation. But it's the resilience and resourcefulness of their bond, played with mischief and grace by two wonderful first-timers, that gives the film its life, its vigour, and its gut-wrenching sustain.

Showings

Friday, 11 November 2022 - 8:00pm @ Strand Arts Centre