Five Fingers for Marseilles Review

There’s an irony to the term “Revisionist Western.” It makes sense within the confines of the genre itself, delving into moral greys and tales of adapting to survive, all while taking the form of cinema once steeped in moral binaries. In a historical context however, it’s essentially re-revisionism — or reclamation, if the term tickles your fancy — taking back a genre built on a mythical cowboy that only existed through a lens of whiteness (most historical cowboys weren’t Caucasian, but I digress). It’s fitting, then, that a modern transposition of the genre like Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles (or Five Fingers for Marseilles) is so exact in its (re)revisionism.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we find ourselves starving in Ireland, watching some remarkable teenage nerds, killing the planet some more, documenting our teen years for posterity and reflection, and catching a different kind of western. Read More »

five fingers for marseilles clip

The western may have been born in Hollywood and built to tell tales of adventure in the untouched American landscape of the 19th century, but the genre has broadened its horizons over the years. Now, a western is more of a state of mind than a description of where a particular movie takes place.

Cast in point: the new movie Five Fingers For Marseilles, which evokes strong western vibes despite taking place in modern South Africa. Michael Matthews‘ directorial debut premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this month and is set to play at Fantastic Fest this weekend. In the meantime, we’re pleased to debut an exclusive new clip from the film, which finds a band of righteous outlaws reuniting after 20 years to combat a new threat to their community.

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