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The feature debut of Greek filmmaker Jacqueline Lentzou confirms the bold formal experimentation and naked emotional interiority promised by her acclaimed shorts such as The End of Suffering (A Proposal). Sofia Kokkali—the star of Lentzou’s previous two works—brings her remarkable physicality to the role of Artemis, a twentysomething who tentatively reunites with her estranged father, Paris (Lazaros Georgakopoulos), after he is diagnosed with a debilitating illness. Instead of traversing familiar dramatic terrain with standard psychological realism, Lentzou relies largely on…
this has to be one of the most raw and honest depictions of the school experience i’ve seen in film. maya vanderbeque’s performance is utterly incredible and i’m completely blown away by all that this film manages to achieve in just 72 minutes. laura wandel is certainly one to watch.
This poignant and comic story traces the coming-of-age of two Jewish teenage girls—one white and straight, and the other Black and queer. Set in Rochester, NY, the film begins at the funeral service of their former Hebrew school classmate who suddenly commits suicide. A complicated romance unexpectedly arises as the best friends navigate their feelings about this tragedy and themselves, and try to make sense of their teacher’s well-meaning but misguided advice about grieving.
Now playing in our Virtual Cinema until 1/17 as part of the 2021 New York Jewish Film Festival.
I can’t emphasize how hard it is to pull off serious levity like this. I don’t know how Hamaguchi does it. (DRIVE MY CAR is playful gravity; the two balance each other, exactly like the serious levity of ROCHEFORT and the playful gravity of CHERBOURG.) The third episode is a summit of cinema the whys of which will be mined for years to come; here, the conceit of coincidental chance encounters established by the first two episodes is thrown out…