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Favorite films

  • The Silences of the Palace
  • I Am – A Film About the Art of People Living in the Tundra: Prehistory and Encounter
  • The Deer
  • Journey to Italy

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  • Lost in America

    ★★★★½

  • It's a Gift

    ★★★½

  • The Mating Season

    ★★★★

  • A Good Lad

    ★★★★½

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  • Fallen Leaves

    Fallen Leaves

    ★★★★★

    Midnight Sun Film Festival 2023 -- Film #9

    Aki Kaurismäki's newest film is probably the most important Finnish film of the century so far and it's also one of Kaurismäki's most minimalistic works. As the far-right is coming to power in Finland with devastating politics planned, the film's importance will be impossible not to feel. I was crying and laughing so much. One of the most unique movie-going experiences of my life so far.

    I wrote about the film and…

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    ★★★★★

    I haven't had this refreshing feeling after a film since I rewatched Inherent Vice last year when news were showing nothing but shit. It's like feeling cold or otherwise dirty and going to warm sauna after a hard day and then coming out, taking something to drink and feel like world makes sense even if it is only for few seconds until it starts to wear off. This is for me the only way to describe Wild at Heart -…

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  • Lost in America

    Lost in America

    ★★★★½

    One of the decade's great American comedies about money, up there with Demme's Melvin and Howard. The alienating effect of the Reagan years is felt in the conflict between dreams and realities as a couple stuck in an empty dead-end American dream decides to embark on a more or less aimless journey through the States to find some freedom a la overly mythologized counter-culture classic Easy Rider. Instead of motorcycles, they pick up a Winnebago (the closest they get to…

  • It's a Gift

    It's a Gift

    ★★★½

    That's modern life; it constantly feels that everything can break to pieces, Fields gets it so right here. This is also such a strange film about property where it feels that people are constantly threatened even in their intimate surroundings and can't find peace or a place of their own. Greedy businessmen, annoying neighbors, opportunistic bagmen... Capitalist space is violent and hectic and you can only take refuge from it by trying to win the game itself.

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  • A Moment of Innocence

    A Moment of Innocence

    ★★★★★

    After watching this film, I realized I'm never going to be film critic or scholar. This beautiful feeling that I'm feeling cannot be put to words. I've realized that the greatest films are something about what you can write and write, try to open them and their beauty, try to ease your burden and wonderment but you simply can't put them to words. I've loved film theory but after a film like this, I can't help but to pretty much…

  • Claire's Knee

    Claire's Knee

    ★★★★★

    Some say that women are always over-analyzing everything. Well, men are trying to justify everything they do (especially their desires) with the most idiotic and weirdest (to the point where they don't make sense) justification. For a while I watched the film without realizing anything what was going on. Conversations. Well, they are French. At some points I started thinking about how creepy these situations actually were. It wasn't until the last conversations between Jerome and Aurora that I realized…