Each new Michael Haneke release tends to be accompanied with the words ‘masterpiece’ and ‘his best yet’ but it is an opinion I don’t always subscribe to. That is until Amour because this is undoubtedly a masterpiece and quite possibly his greatest achievement as a director too. These words are lofty praise indeed but fully deserved as this is his most humane, challenging and beautifully judged work to date and may well be the great film of the decade.
Like a hamster in a wheel, the family in The Seventh Continent lives their mundane life through routines and habits. They dream of a life in Australia, a place much different than their current, joyless existence.
Haneke's first teatrical release is filmed with an unflinching control, showing the all-encompassing monotony of their world through detached and unpersonal pictures. To some extent it feels objective and generalizing; to some extent it feels so very subjective and essential to this family.
March Across the World Challenge FIlm #20 - Austria
I wake up on a weekend morning and I think to myself, I need to watch a film. I need something light and fun, the type of picture that puts an extra bounce in my step to carry me throughout the day.
A highly regarded film by Michael Haneke called Funny Games? Sold!
This is a painfully brutal movie, one that tells the story of a nice, photogenic family…
Nearly everyone says this, but it really is strange just how similar this is to its 2007 remake. It works here and it worked there -- Haneke's direction is impeccable, and his use of off-screen space to establish tension sends chills up my spine. The unnervingly slow space is equally disturbing, a quality present in the actors' deliveries as well. I think if I pointed to specific roles, there are some performances I preferred here and some I preferred in…
Haneke is a merciless bastard, you may argue, and the final outcome may be labeled as unjustified. Yet, real life makes less sense and youth is a powerful target for creating inside their minds a complete destruction with the sole purpose of establishing a regime of emotional instability. Human kind as the only species able to come to terms with the most cruel actions against its own kind...
But allow me to elaborate more on why I consider Haneke's 1997…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A shot-for-shot remake of Haneke's Austrian version of the identically titled film, this meta-narrative shames the audience for enjoying these types of movies while showcasing before us the suffering we apparently want.
The directness of the 4th wall breaking and didactic finger-wagging in this really help to get across Haneke's criticism of audiences (and perhaps filmmakers) for flocking to see people being tortured and murdered. It's an interesting and rare point to see a violent horror film decrying violence and…
Great piece of social realism packed with a little secrets and family drama from Hirokazu Koreeda, who’s proved himself a talented film-maker before, Like Father Like Son is definitely worth a watch.
This film is essentially not about shoplifting. It’s about the concepts of family, love and poverty. Under the difficult circumstances, the family still cares for each other and feels like a real family. They make morally questionable decisions, sure, and they might often seem selfish in their actions,…
A somber look into the lives of a "family" stricken by poverty who save a little girl from an abusive household. Kore-eda again provides the goods with a sweet, tender but sorrow look into the dynamics of a family. A powerful performance from Sakura Ando hits the feels with her portrayal of the mother figure that shows the little girl what true love is in a family. Moved on the verge of tears that I held back as Kore-eda…
this is the 1,500th film I’ve seen, and it is certainly one of the best.
Words cannot describe what goes on in this movie, so seriously be warned, if you can’t handle instense shit stay away. People screamed, covered their eyes and walked out...it’s that bad.
But if you can, I seriously seriously recommend it. ‘The Nightingale’ is pure perfection, the cinematography, some of the best I’ve ever seen. Jennifer Kent should be extremely proud of herself for showing a…
Will add a real review later because my heart needs to recover. My favorite of the year so far and possibly my favorite of Koreeda's.
I've sort of let Shoplifters sit at the back of my mind for a few weeks but every time I return to it in my head the empathy and emotion that I have towards these characters are still so raw and fresh. While in context this seems like a mish mash of Koreeda's other…