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  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
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  • Vivre Sa Vie

    ★★★★½

  • Breathless

    ★★★★½

  • Masculin Féminin

    ★★★★★

  • Nouvelle Vague

    ★★★

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  • The Seventh Continent

    The Seventh Continent

    ★★★★½

    “Looking at the life we have lived straight in the eye makes any notion of the end easy to accept.”

    A nauseating cloud of dread and despair hangs over The Seventh Continent, Michael Haneke’s masterful first film, a brutal interrogation of the monstrousness of modern urban living. With extraordinary precision and restraint, the film presents a bleak portrait of bourgeois life and examines the soul-deadening sickness that underlies the inevitable acceptance of alienation amid repetitive and meaningless routines enacted in…

  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    “You should never return to ruins.”

    An overwhelming sense of sadness and regret permeates Mirror, Andrei Tarkovsky's fourth film and a cathartic meditation on the impossible mourning of people, places, and events that are impermanent and thus lost through time.

    This is illustrated through the poetic and abstract remembrances of Tarkovsky's alter ego, Alexei—a man in his forties. As he nears death, he recalls moments of his life and desires to relive them, wanting to feel again the radiance of…

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  • The Sacrifice

    The Sacrifice

    ★★★★½

    “We are simply blind. We see nothing.”

    In a cottage, Alexander, a retired actor and philosopher, celebrates a birthday with his family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun. As those gathered attempt to cope with the news, Alexander turns to God, to whom he offers a selfless sacrifice in exchange for restoring the world as it was before; he agrees to forego all that he has and leave all those he loves.

    Dedicated to his son, Tarkovsky’s…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    “You never loved me. You just loved how much I loved you.”

    Mother! is a terrifying biblical allegory, psychological thriller, social commentary, and tragic romance wrapped into one intoxicating art film. Darren Aronofsky's seventh feature, and one of his most fearless, Mother! allegorizes classic biblical fables to comment on the inherent destructiveness of humankind and the moral depravity of organized religion as a force that empowers and perpetuates bigoted, violent ideologies.

    The plot is simple: an unnamed man and a…

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  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

    Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

    ★★★★★

    “It's my own fault. I'm just a bad human being.”

    Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac is not a movie about sex; it is a deconstruction of human sexuality and, by proxy, a deconstruction of the human condition. It gets to the core of what makes humans tick and exposes the ways in which our complex and unnecessarily repressed relationship with sex manifests into internalized and externalized self-hatred and shame and perpetuates violent and misogynistic bigotry that alienates and degrades the oppressed.

    It…

  • Baxter, Vera Baxter

    Baxter, Vera Baxter

    ★★★★½

    “He wanted to meet me because of the price I was worth: 1 million.”

    Baxter, Vera Baxter is a poignant meditation on the suffocating omnipresence of men and how it serves as a force to oppress women that is enabled and perpetuated by a patriarchal society. It analyzes and exposes the institution of marriage as having the inherent capacity to disempower women and thus, empower men, by exhibiting a scenario in which a woman is shamelessly objectified and commodified for the social and…