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  • Sanctus

    Sanctus

    CW: cancer, bodies, violence

    The body we see, or one of them, clearly has breasts, but whether this is a person who was assigned female or male at birth is never made clear. The fact that bones are seen through the aura of flesh removes all possibility of sensual reaction (with rare exceptions, sure). We see throat muscles pushing what is presumably liquid down the esophagus, something with the apparent power to repulse (but also a cold mechanical spirit that…

  • Water

    Water

    CW: rape/rape culture, sex work, misogyny/sexism/patriarchy

    I have as yet not seen the other parts of this trilogy, so perhaps more thematic details will become apparent when I see the other parts of it. I am under the impression they are only thematically connected, so I've no expectation of continuous plot. Anyway:

    I have written elsewhere that I find water and rain as a visual incredibly peaceful and compelling, and that association makes this film's use of water as a…

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  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl

    To my cisgender friends, I ask that, even if you would not normally do so, you please read this. This film was made for cisgender people, so I feel it important that I write this for cisgender people. I would not normally watch this movie, but it has been a subject of some discussion on this site in a way that has compelled me to watch it in order to discuss it credibly. I do not imagine what I have…

  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night

    I spent most of 2011 trying not to kill myself. I remember quite clearly--it still brings tears to my eyes--one of the crucial moments of uplift that carried me through. My friend David, a man who is the world to me, a brother and a confidant, was driving me to go out to eat (we do this a lot), and it had been a while since we had last done so. And he's just talking, the way he does (which…