Christine Pallon

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  • Desert Hearts

    Desert Hearts

    ★★★★★

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    Desert Hearts understands, perhaps better than any other movie, the romance of vulnerability. 

    Cay leans into the car in the pouring rain to kiss Vivian on the cheek, to kiss her knowing that Vivian might not turn to kiss her back. In the hotel room, Cay lays herself bare for Vivian (both literally and figuratively) and invites her to bed, knowing that Vivian might reject her and leave her there, alone and exposed. Vivian steps onto the train and holds…

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  • Heroes Don't Die

    Heroes Don't Die

    ★★★

    Les Héros ne meurent jamais is, on paper, the perfect movie for me. I spent the better part of my undergrad reading and writing about mass violence, collective trauma, memory, and the difficult task of representing the horrors of mass violence in art and literature. Add on the fact that I also speak French, have a huge crush on Adèle Haenel, and am total sucker for ambitious first features?  It's like this movie was grown in a lab for me…

  • Happiest Season

    Happiest Season

    ★★★½

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    Ever since the trailer for Happiest Season came out, there’s been a passionate pushback on Twitter (particularly from young people) saying that we “need” happier stories about LGBTQ+ people, with stories that don’t involve coming out. While I agree with the general sentiment - we should be able to tell a variety of stories that represent a variety of experiences - this pushback has rubbed me the wrong way. This idea that we need “happy” stories in order to have…