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    Refused Classification

    Dammit! I’m so dissapointed in myself that I don’t like the film as much as what the screenplay is already saying without it having been filmed. As much as it pains me to say and as much as I admire Chris’ directing choices, I just wish i was seeing the play it was originally intended to be, rather than a film of the play.

  • After the Storm

    After the Storm

    ★★★½

    You ever withhold watching a film from a certain director just because you know it'll be one of the last times you'll get to watch something from them for the first time?

    Especially with directors you hold so dear where you've almost completed their filmography, but want to savour those last few films for as long as you can. I can say that I've been doing that with Claire Denis, Miyazaki, Edward Yang, Abbas Kiarostami, David Lynch, the list goes…

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  • The Plastic House

    The Plastic House

    It's very surreal to have my film as an official selection of Visions du Réel film festival in this moment in time. I made this film in isolation, never thinking of its afterlife. In light of the current pandemic, I hope it raises some timely questions - How do you continue to live and work in isolation? What memories do you keep of loved ones when they're not around? As everything has changed so much, it already feels like a nostalgic film to me.

    List of Influences:
    letterboxd.com/aota/list/the-plastic-house-influences/

  • Passing Summer

    Passing Summer

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    About two thirds into the film, a professor tells Valerie her writing is better when there's no style. Readers can understand the subject. And if there is too much style it comes down to a matter of taste.

    There are several self-referential points in this film. When the kid in the movie theatre tells his dad not to fall asleep. Schanelec is aware of how the film will make her audience feel. Her style can work for or against her,…