The Guilty is a remake that pulls the original story from its native Denmark and turns it into something very, very American. Our original protagonist is a rather stoic, harsh man who tries to help a woman initially because the mystery of her situation makes his shift behind a desk more interesting. He makes a genuine, although morally dubious, attempt to help her, and undergoes a compelling arc while remaining a character we aren't meant to sympathize with. Here, Gyllenhaal's…
There’s no thematic connection among these shorts, beyond references to the pandemic to varying degrees, so I’ll talk about them separately. My only overall thought is that it was a bit slow and Panahi’s and Weerasethakul‘s shorts should have switched places.
Panahi: Easily my favorite of the bunch. It felt the most complete as its own story, and it was impressive how something that initially presented as a documentary ended up having such a lovely narrative arc.
Chen: Very cinematic…