i can’t lie - it feels almost impossible for me to judge kaili blues as a separate entity having seen a long day’s journey into night. it might be due to bi gan’s very clear themes and overall style which connects both the films, or it might be just my personal attachment to his sophomore feature, but this felt like a younger sibling of a long day’s journey, kind of rough around the edges but still with an inkling of future genius. nonetheless, the…
the small town feels like a stagnant island on a stormy sea, seemingly idyllic and yet rotten at its core. it’s peace is interrupted by repeated shots of tv screens showing us various disasters of the outside world. it seems they are all so far away, and the town is a microcosm with ravaging wars and larger-than-life romances compressed within a handful of dirt roads and ramshackle houses.
the pace of the film is slow and steady, as if it has synced itself with the ever-present sound of waves hitting the shore. one step further, one step back, one step further, on and on again
well um........... i really wanted to like this in fact i was sure i was going to love it! it has a lot of things which technically should make me like it but frankly. this was the most confusing romance movie ive ever seen? the characters seem to switch personalities halfway through to the point where i thought my eyes were fooling me and i was mistaking one for the other? the beginning had so much potential it actually frustrated…
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AND THEN WE DANCED has haunted me constantly ever since i watched it for the first time 2 months ago - every time i thought i had forgotten it it's impact resurfaced again, until finally i got used to having it always lingering somewhere in the back of my mind. truly, this movie is very much unlike anything i've ever seen in queer cinema before - and especially in eastern europe, when if such films do exist, they rarely carry…