After a fantastic opening night with the premier of Andy Serkis' Breathe, LFF gets into full swing - check out my recommendations for what you should check out today.

Good Time

Good Time is anything but for its characters. Centring on Robert Pattinson's trashiest (and most well performed) incarnation yet as he attempts to free his brother from Rikers Island after a failed robbery, we see life go from worse to worst for Connie Nikas and all those around him.

Pattinson firmly pushes away his former heartthrob sparkly vampire status with this film, playing a grimy criminal who is quite frankly, a bit of an asshole. Unable to accept his fate and do the right thing by his handicapped and imprisoned brother (which would be to take the blame), he attempts to raise bail, only to spiral into a mess of mistaken identities, lies, and bad hair bleach.

Josh and Benny Safdie (the latter who appears in the film as the incarcerated Nick) have a claustrophobic and disorientating directing style, with most shots held in tight close-up, creating a nauseating and tumultuous viewing experience. Not that it isn't warranted, mind, it perfectly captures the nervous and fracturing mind of the protagonist as he gets himself into more and more trouble. Just don't make the mistake of sitting two rows from the front like I did.

Whilst also being a gripping crime drama, what's also exposed is the treatment of those who exist between the two worlds of the prison and mental health systems in America. We see Nick, who appears to have severe autism, get thrown into the dangerous world of prison, where his life is constantly in danger. A later character tells Connie of how the prison bus dropped him outside a liquor store upon his release - many of the characters in Good Time end up the way they do due to lack of support and rehabilitation from the systems they are stuck within.

I would put Good Time in the same league as fellow "Neon Noir" Drive - it's a brightly lit, insomniac, electro pulsing vision of the depths of the city. A must see whether you're attending LFF or you're saving yourself for its release in cinemas.

Tiger Girl

If you took Thelma & Louise, Ghost World, and added a splash of Kick-Ass style action scenes, you have Tiger Girl. In a fun F-you to society, the ethos of the film is summed up by character Tiger: “Politeness is an act of violence – against yourself”.

Focusing on a flourishing friendship between the rebellious Tiger (played by Raw's Ella Rumpf) and quiet security officer in training Vanilla (Maria-Victoria Dragus), they wreak havoc on their city all in the name of rebelling against the authority that has done them wrong in the past. When Vanilla takes things too far and starts to commit crimes just for the sake of it, a rift is created between her and Tiger which leads to destruction, loss, and heartbreak.

Featuring an aggressive female led dance soundtrack, Tiger Girl turns the typical “boys being rebels” narrative on its head for a vivacious feminist romp.

Ava

A stunning French coming of age tale, Ava is the story of a young girl who finds out she is going blind, and decides to see all that she can before she plunges into darkness.

Spending the summer with her Mother, who still acts like a free and easy young woman despite having both a 13-year-old and a baby daughter, Ava comes to terms with her own womanhood and escapes to take charge of her own destiny. She meets Juan, a young vagrant, after stealing his dog, and falls in love with his mysterious past and dangerous plans. Surrealist dream sequences display Ava's anxiety about her rapidly deteriorating sight, whilst gorgeous cinematography shows off the easy freedom of a summer in the south of France. A kind and complex tale of romance which holds the characters at its very heart.