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Review: Bunohan (Return To Murder)

“The sophomore effort of Malaysian director Dain Said, Bunohan, plays like King Lear in a murky, jungle landscape, with the narrative focus being transposed to three very estranged brothers. Despite a narrative that seems rife with tragic and violent implications, this surprisingly tame tale has trouble setting a clear tone or managing to bring anything refreshing to the well-tread territory of the ties that bind.”

Bunohan (Return To Murder)


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“The sophomore effort of Malaysian director Dain Said, Bunohan, plays like King Lear in a murky, jungle landscape, with the narrative focus being transposed to three very estranged brothers. Despite a narrative that seems rife with tragic and violent implications, this surprisingly tame tale has trouble setting a clear tone or managing to bring anything refreshing to the well-tread territory of the ties that bind.”

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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