Tribeca Film Festival 2021: Last Film Show (2021) – Film Review


Coming out of the Tribeca Film Festival, Last Film Show is an Indian tale that captures the spirit and heart of the movies worldwide. When the magic of movies conquers nine-year young Samay’s heart, he moves heaven and earth in pursuit of his 35mm dreams. Unaware of the heartbreaking times that await him.

Instantly, it is clear that the character of Samay is going to be someone that is easy to relate to. There is something special about the movie experience. Even more so when seeing it through the eyes of a child experiencing it for the first time. His passion is something that shines in the story. This is not only for the films themselves but the work done to get them shown and encouraging other people to experience the magic of cinema.

Last Film Show is a film that many film fans are going to love just for the sequences alone. The cinematography is a standout, not only in terms of composition and landscape but with the filters chosen and the close-up shots of the 35mm film. The overall spirit and craft creates a warm atmosphere and one of celebration for the very medium it focuses on.

At 110 minutes, the film could have done with being shortened just a little bit, as not every storyline is necessary within this story. There are numerous groups of people that Samay links to, and yet the main focus is on the young boy himself and his storyline. There are many great themes and narrative moments, but not all of them piece together and it does make the runtime drag ever so slightly.

If there is a film that is worthy of the big screen from the Tribeca Film Festival, it is certainly Last Film Show. This is a true celebration of the cinematic experience and comes at a time where the cinema is needing people to come back and visit. If you are a fan of films at all, this is a must-watch.

Rating: ★★★½☆

STARS: Rahul Koli, Bhavesh Shrimali, Bhavin Rabari, Tia Sebastian
RUNTIME: 110 minutes

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