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  • The Quiet Family

    The Quiet Family

    ★★★½

    I love how it does not promise much and slowly gets bigger and bigger, like the pile of corpses in the backyard... Gore, absurd, and violence are so well put together here.
    Overall, great use of music and ensemble cast, but Song Kang-ho is a standout for me... God, he is a great actor.
    It is a fine little movie, well-executed and unpretentious, that is as good as it gets.

  • 0.5 mm

    0.5 mm

    ★★★★½

    Obscure roads gives us clarity. Punishing roads exposes life for what it is. Nothing in life is wasted.”

    According to 0.5 Miri, elderly people are all the same. They whether live the rest of their lives trying to make it easier to someone else or they hide their innermost feelings searching for a substitute for their loneliness, trying to fill the unbearable void that aging brought. The feeling that waking up every morning knowning that this cruel and apathetic world…

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★½

    me: :(


    Claire Denis:

    🧪 . * . * 👉👌💦 *. 🧬. *
    * 👩‍🚀 . * * 👨‍🚀 *
    🌌 🚀 shall we? 🌌🚀
    🚼. *. * 💀 * . 🤰 * . 💉 * . 🧫

    me: :(

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    ★★★★½

    “I had a dream. We were rehearsing, and the past and present were blending together. I am confused.”

    There is nothing more distressing than changing. Thinking about the past and being unable to touch it, or to relive it.
    The so-called midlife crisis. The struggle to accept the present. The longing for youth. The feeling of nostalgia that can be alarming or uplifting. That so feared point of life where one crosses the thin line between growth and decay.

    A…

  • Vive L'Amour

    Vive L'Amour

    ★★★★★

    “Is it because you don't have a place to stay? ”

    Taipei. A city that seems so inoffensive, but that just like any other metropolis, — in its rush and overpopulation — manages to eat people alive.

    Somewhere in there, in the middle of the city there is a place, an empty place that serves as a refuge for three individuals.
    Tsai Ming-Liang invites you in, but be warned it is intimate. It feels like sneaking into someone's room and…

  • Tokyo Twilight

    Tokyo Twilight

    ★★★★½

    “I am not like father at all. I only have mother's foul blood in my veins”

    They say the children pay for the sins of their parents and they do. Eventually, they do.

    In Tokyo Twilight, the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu deconstructs the image of the perfect and happy family and creates his most pessimistic work.
    For someone who underestimated him for playing too safe, Tokyo Twilight is a game changer. If in Late Spring and Tokyo Story he respectively…

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    ★★★★★

    “Isn't life disappointing?”

    Yasujiro Ozu must have been one of the wisest men to ever walk on earth, because he was only 50 when he made one of the most beautiful, human and humane films ever made. Tokyo Story is 65 years old, but it manages to be as apposite today as it was in 1953, perhaps even more now.

    From the fragility of the children to the loneliness of the elder, Ozu creates a world that is so human…

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★½

    The loves of youth are often ephemeral loves. They shape us, teach us to forgive, to commit, to be true to yourselves and eventually they end and become memories. Some people have the courage to make a new life, some flee. Some grow long sweet roots, while others remain stuck.

    Pawel Pawlikowski's love letter to his parents, whom he describes as “both strong, wonderful people, but as a couple a never-ending disaster”, tells the story of two youths who meet…

  • A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

    A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

    ★★★★½

    Tokyo. The biggest metropolis in the world. Someone could disappear in the middle of a crowd there and no one would notice. Quite depressing, isn't it? Almost ten million inhabitants in one city, and yet none of them really communicate.
    A city full of lonely people, who, despite being consumed by the epidemic of the modern age still have human needs and holes to fulfill.

    Loneliness. It is everywhere and internet offers an escape from it. It is so easy…

  • Secret Sunshine

    Secret Sunshine

    ★★★★★

    Lee Chang-dong is surely a force to be reckoned with. For someone who made movies like Oasis and Poetry, and most recently, Burning, of course his take on grief and loss would not disappoint. And it did not, at all.

    His Oasis follow-up follows a widow who moves to her late husband hometown just find tragedy knocking on her door once again.

    If someone else dared to make a drama filled with tragedy it would turn out to be something…

  • Ida

    Ida

    ★★★★½

    Ida is a mesmerizing blend of beauty and mistery. Pawel Pawlikowski manages to set a reminder of one of Poland's past sins with imagery that will play over and over in my head for weeks.

    Poland's most recent oscar-winning drama, tells the story of a nun (Anna) who only a week before taking her vows meets her only living relative (Wanda) for the first time and find out more about her past, family, and life itself than she would ever…

  • Au Revoir les Enfants

    Au Revoir les Enfants

    ★★★★

    “You realize there will never be another January 17, 1944? Never again. In 40 years, half these guys will be dead and buried.”

    Au Revoir Les Enfants is a captivating tale of friendship, betrayal and loss of childhood innocence in the Nazi Occupied France.

    This compelling semi-biographical drama brilliantly retells the impactful childhood experience of writer-director Louis Malle during the World War II. It follows Julien (Malle's fictional persona) and Jean Bonnett, two different 12-year-old individuals whose paths cross at…