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  • Sunset

    Sunset

    ★★★★

    László Nemes’ previous feature Son of Saul is one of my favourite films of the last few years, so i was really looking forward to Sunset. though it didn’t move me in the way Son of Saul did, this was another bracing exercise in history vs subjectivity, and just as well acted and shot. it’s also super intriguing despite the frustration of never being able to fully grasp its knotty labyrinth, and never feels alienating for the sake of it due to our intimacy with the central character. i’ll definitely be to returning to it

  • Trespassing Bergman

    Trespassing Bergman

    ★★

    nothing new or interesting about Bergman or filmmaking here, despite the impressive host of talking heads. maybe the problem was me since i’m opposed to this kind of circlejerk male ~auteur~ worship, as well as Lars Von Trier doing his usual incendiary bullshit (which is followed by a bitter rant about Bergman not answering his fan letters. LOL)

    one star for Michael Haneke trying to hide his pain when he finds out Bergman gave The Piano Teacher four out of five stars. another star for Claire Denis walking around the estate in pink slippers, then abruptly deciding to leave. i wanted to do the same