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  • The Farewell
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Drive My Car

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  • Rise

    ★★★★

  • Aftersun

    ★★★★

  • Utama

    ★★★★★

  • More Than Ever

    ★★★½

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  • The Story of My Wife

    The Story of My Wife

    ★★★½

    What a way to kick off my Cannes experience — scrambling into my dress because I got the ticket pretty late, walking THE red carpet, someone offering me their arm and me thinking that they wanted to “elbow greet” me!!! And of course: the movie. 

    Directed by Ildiko Enyedi, The Story of My Wife revolves around a captain named Jakob Störr who one day decides to marry the first woman who crosses the threshold of the café he’s sitting in. From the beginning,…

  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★½

    The more Bergman films I watch, the more I’m falling in love with his style, his dialogues, his themes, and, in the end, I find myself falling in love with film all over again. Bergman’s work is difficult to digest, but at the same time, or maybe just because it is hard to process, it’s nearly impossible to forget about his films, almost as if not only pivotal scenes, but also seemingly insignificant dialogues were forever engraved in my mind. …

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  • Rise

    Rise

    ★★★★

    FFMUC 2022 — Film #8

    Hurrying from one movie theater to another because of back to back screenings is THE definition of film festival feelings! Needless to say, I’m beyond happy that I decided to watch this gem right Aftersun (geddit?). En corps is tragic, heartwarming, and hopeful all at the same time. Above all, it proves once again why we need cinemas—watching a film alone diminishes to almost nothing compared to the shared laughs, tears, cackles, and sobs.

    En…

  • More Than Ever

    More Than Ever

    ★★★½

    FFMUC 2022 — Film #3

    A thoughtful meditation on death, illness, and love, Plus que jamais follows Hélène, a 33-year-old woman suffering from terminal illness, and her fight to accept and (re)find herself despite her diagnosis. At the same time, director Emily Atef confronts us with the harsh reality of losing a loved one and the agony of slowly feeling them slip away even though they’re still alive. It’s yet another film that adds to my admiration and love for…

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  • Mass

    Mass

    ★★★★★

    When I got my ticket for Mass, I didn’t expect it to be lighthearted or joyful, but I also wasn’t expecting it to move me as much as it did: I sobbed, I wept, I probably used way too many tissues, and yet, in the end, I smiled. Mass confronts us with perhaps the greatest pain a parent can experience—the loss of a child. This film explores the meeting of two sets of parents; the parents whose son passed away, and the other…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    About halfway through the film, there is a shot of two characters sitting in the corner of the room. All we see, however, are their reflections in a small mirror placed on a cabinet on one side of the frame, allowing the room and its furniture to take up most of the screen. As one character gets up and leaves, we catch his fleeting reflection before he disappears — in a different mirror, but in the same frame. 

    Columbus is…