Persona ★★★★½

“I understand, all right. The hopeless dream of being - not seeming, but being. At every waking moment, alert. The gulf between what you are with others and what you are alone. The vertigo and the constant hunger to be exposed, to be seen through, perhaps even wiped out. Every inflection and every gesture a lie, every smile a grimace. Suicide? No, too vulgar. But you can refuse to move, refuse to talk, so that you don't have to lie. You can shut yourself in. Then you needn't play any parts or make wrong gestures. Or so you thought. But reality is diabolical. Your hiding place isn't watertight. Life trickles in from the outside, and you're forced to react. No one asks if it is true or false, if you're genuine or just a sham.“

I am in love with this film! What a gorgeous feat, I can see why it holds such an important place in film history. I’m not sure what else I can add to the conversation that hasn’t been said a million times over already, but I really did love this film a great deal. It’s not a full 5/5 as after that brilliant 5 minute opening sequence, it took about 15 minutes to get into that I wasn’t fully getting into but when the speech I’ve quoted above came up, I realised that I was really in for something special.

Considering how short the film is, I feel pretty down to check this out again soon! I’m sure that with the knowledge of what to expect, I’ll enjoy it a great deal more.

Overall I do recommend this but me saying that is like saying “I recommend Jaws and Psycho” - “Persona” is a film that everyone knows is great because of its exceedingly well deserved reputation, and I’m not sure if my recommending of the film is actually doing anything haha. Either way, if you haven’t seen this then I implore you to check it out!

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