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  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★★

    "The Piano Teacher" is a woman's sexuality in nightmare form. But it's no less intriguing or fascinating.

    Haneke brilliantly tells us the story of Erika, a 40-and-something woman who lives with her controlling mother. It's shown how disturbing their relationship is, which includes numerous arguments and physical altercation. One can see that violence is something common in their home because right after the daughter punches the mother's head, they're already laughing and hugging each other and talking about drinking coffee…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Once upon a time in Tarantino's mind...

    "There really is no story; it's just a day after day in the life of three people and we kind of hang out with them".

    That is, ipsis litteris, what Tarantino told the New Zealand Herald when asked about the movie plot. And that's not a small thing. That's something very important to take into consideration before watching this movie.

    Forget the revealing, character-developing dialogue. Forget the non-linear narrative that becomes solid and…

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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★★

    You cannot capture a man's entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave the impression of one.

    Writing about Mank is difficult. Difficult, because talking about it requires approaching the myriad of subjects touched by Jack Fincher's carefully written screenplay. David Fincher's most personal project so far is bold, audacious, and aimed at a specific target audience - for that reason, I do not consider the movie particularly accessible or palatable, because it tells the story…

  • The Celebration

    The Celebration

    ★★★★

    I never thought family reunion speeches could be so horrifying.

    And The Celebration is filled with them. In fact, the very structure that holds the movie together is composed by the speeches the members of this family give during the birthday party of the patriarch. To say that this family is dysfunctional is an euphemism: this dynasty is the epitome of everything evil you could find in a privileged, white social circle, making The Celebration not only a family drama…

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  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    ★★★★

    The angels Damiel and Cassiel, always watching and assisting the population of Berlin, are tired for having spent centuries in their spiritual, ethereal, out-of-reach dimension. Damiel's exhaustion is particularly strong: he wants to walk among humans, taste coffee, dance, feel human emotions, have the pleasant sensation of taking off tight shoes after a stressful day. He wants, above all, to leave black-and-white eternity and jump into a colorful world of sensations.

    Following its bold premise, Wings of Desire is a…

  • The Undoing

    The Undoing

    ★★★★

    In The Undoing, a carefully written screenplay is combined with very good direction and outstanding performances. In this dramatic thriller, we learn more about how crime can destroy a family from within, touching sensitive subjects such as psychopathy and abuse.

    Needless to say, both Nicole Kidman and Hugh Great are incredible in their lead roles. Kidman is particularly fantastic in a character that is very dramatically challenging, but she shows an effortless grace in her performance, making the story even…