Julia’s review published on Letterboxd:
tiff 2019 film #10
this film and portrait of a lady on fire are in a wrestling match for best film of the festival and my heart. i expected it to be good because it’s taika waititi but i had no idea how much i would fall in love with this. while it’s filled with a lot of simple humor about how dumb nazis are—which is all true and funny still—there are a lot of really good punchlines in here too that had me dying. all of it combined and you’re laughing every five minutes at something or another. perfectly blends the drama and the humor, and at moments even the tension and suspense as brief as they are.
as far as acting goes, thomasin mckenzie completely stole every scene she was in! i couldn’t get enough of her character. could have easily been a tragic one note character but she is completely her own character and not just a tragic jewish girl. i could have watched a movie of just her scenes. the rest of the cast is good too, especially the boy who played jojo.
as funny as the film is, it’s also really heartwarming. at the end, i was grinning from ear to ear but also crying a little. it left me feeling very hopeful and the quote they show at the end by rilke is perfect: let everything happen to you, beauty and terror, just keep going, no feeling is final.