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every now and then, a new director pops up that blows me away. this is one of those times. extraordinary.
A very gentle and atmospheric study of sexual awakening, stigmatization of the female body, and “nymphomania” as a conduit to understanding God. The cinematography is stunningly beautiful, with very effective use of chiaroscuro (candles galore, bonfire, sparks, etc) and the depiction of trivial humans against the immensity of nature itself. The festival scene where girls are dressed in virginal white and boys have creepy masks on is perfectly shot, being sensual and ominous.
WIFF2023 MOVIE #6
Since when has it been a sun to have 3 gay boyfriends.
This a very weird movie. It’s bizarre and confusing at times, but man it is well directed. So we’ll direct you can just accept the weirdness of it all and just flow with it.
It’s a visual stunning movie as. The natural lighting really builds a certain type of ambiance, that ties the whole movie together.
Sundance 2023: Film #9
Already a clear contender for best looking movie of the year. Love the way Obasi tackles the slow ramping into full mythological folklore status. Was shocked at how rooted in naturalism the first half of this was only to have all my conceptions disarmed and uprooted. It takes its sweet time but fills it with volatile dynamics and debates that are consistently and profoundly engaging. Front to back one of the most unique works of art you’ll find this year.
CJ Obasi’s third feature is a work of staggering depth and luminous beauty, it quietly unravels with each frame, beat and scene, aided by an entrancing visual language, transcendent score and strong performances from it’s central cast. The work potently broaches themes around the loss of faith, cultural identity and the influence of modernity against traditional values. These issues are deftly interrogated throughout the piece, perfectly balanced and enriched by Obasi’s mastery of mood, tone and pacing. The narrative quietly…
Through the use of a fable structure, Obasi deftly weaves heavy political, philosophical, and theological ideas together with his keen eye for striking imagery to craft a film that feels both classical and futuristic. Mami Wata's guidance may be specifically for the people of Iyi, but we can all learn from her wisdom.
[Read my full capsule review at RogerEbert.com]
The worst kids you know are making an Adam Curtis documentary
(Genuinely surprising. A psychological horror that is as quiet and dreadful as the impending climate collapse. The way the DVDs made by the kids sets that dread into the viewers stomach made me queasy. The ending truly blew me away. The means of our end has been in front of us this whole time. It’s by our own creation. The videos interspersed with their extreme jackass stunts/performance art show…
Like the bastard child of ‘Village of the Damned’ and Todd Haynes’ ‘Safe’, Sébastien Marnier’s hypnotic eco-horror examines the clash between progressive elitism and traditionalist ignorance, the socio-political systems that form the boundaries of modern education and how those restrictions can heighten the threat of universal decay, ultimately justifying the psychological mechanics behind radicalization and acts of self harm in an attempt to enforce communal change.