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Seasons in Quincy: The Four Portraits of John Berger (12A)

Documentary, Biography

Documentary comprising four essay-films about the writer John Berger, in which Swinton and fellow film-makers hang out with him and discuss what it calls his ‘radical, democratic humanism’. Each film is stand-alone but they form a lovely mosaic, being not just about Berger but also about how others respond to him.

The critical consensus

Wonderful documentary about the titular storyteller which counts Tilda Swinton amongst its filmmakers.

****(*)Demetrios Matheou, The List, 19/06/2017

Well-meaning and sometimes emotional, this is often too low-key for its own good, and might have benefited from a little more traditional documentary context and shape.

**(*)(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 20/06/2017

This film is refreshingly serious and pays due tribute to an important public intellectual.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/06/2017

A few sweet, informative moments. Enough to carry it across the line.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 23/06/2017

Four short tributes to the writer, featuring Tilda Swinton, are a celebration of independent thought.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 25/06/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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