What a hypnotic and unsettling experience. Claire Denis strikes again.
The “real-time” tracking shot conceit can sometimes feel like a gimmick to me, but I was amazing by how well it worked here. Its application was less about technical prowess or visual appeal and more about the heightened realism and tension that comes with witnessing each unedited moment. You’re really “in it” with these two women, from the moment they meet until the moment they part, and you can feel the weight of every anxious breath and awkward silence as…
𝕀ℕ 𝕋ℍ𝔼𝔸𝕋𝔼ℝ𝕊 𝕋𝕆𝔻𝔸𝕐 | 10 reasons why you should see Booksmart (dir. Olivia Wilde) ASAP:
1️⃣ Because it is a genuine and deeply tender portrayal of platonic love between two young women.
2️⃣ Because it refuses to turn Amy’s lesbian sexuality into a plot device or cliché.
3️⃣ Because the soundtrack and killer score by Dan the Automator is full of fucking BOPS.
4️⃣ Because Beanie Feldstein. That's it. That's the reason.
5️⃣ Because it manages to be…
"...the whole while, almost without a second thought—I felt the reality of everything around me being siphoned away."
And so is the experience of watching Lee Chang-dong's BURNING (2018), inspired by a Haruki Murakami short story from which the above quote is pulled.
When introverted Jong-su runs into an old acquaintance, Hae-mi, he is immediately swept up into her world of pantomiming and emotive storytelling. Their romance is threatened almost as soon as it begins, however, when the…