Mohammed Talal El-Shamy

Mohammed Talal El-Shamy

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  • Woods Are Wet

    Woods Are Wet

    ★★★★½

    This film predates Salo, yet there is a great resemblance between both of them, being both based on writing of Marquise de Sade and representing the bourgeois decadence on the backdrop of the burgeoning fascist regimes. The film represents the decadence and degradation brought by the excess, yet it succeeded in depicting the morale dilemma of Justine by the psychological games that the libertine engaged her into, and this really what is distinct about that film from the rest of…

  • Raigyo

    Raigyo

    ★★★★½

    The abolition of grand meta-narratives and the advent of neoliberalism put an end to any attempt towards the collectivization of human struggle (regardless of the specifics of that struggle whether it is against capitalism or totalitarianism). In the art cinema of the nineties the human subjects are depicted alone, wandering, rendered monads enclosed within themselves in a Lacanian sense with meaning and desire always deferred, unattainable, these subjects are stuck in labyrinth of the "objet petit a". These films either…

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