Tori and Lokita, 2022
This film was directed by the Dardenne brothers, Luc and Jean-Pierre. I very much enjoyed it - a lot! It is a sweet story about friendship and struggle, alongside tragedy and truth.
Interestingly, a lot of the time I was particularly focused on the two main characters and how they treated each other with care and compassion. Even though their roles were the focus of other characters, I felt they blended it well to create and showcase a well-thought-out story.
It was refreshing yet gripping: how far they would go to ensure they could communicate with each other as best as possible. They are two teenage African migrants struggling to survive in Belgium, expected to deal drugs as a pair and give the money they made to the people who smuggled them into the country. The filming itself was beautifully composed; it had elements of imperfections as well as being shot exceptionally well when needed.
Also as an extra treat, my artist music buddy Knightstown had his track “Magenta Woods” featured in the official trailer too.
A strong 4 out of 5 on this one is a must-see!