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  • The Forbidden Room

    The Forbidden Room

    ★★★★

    Exhaustingly brilliant.

  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    ★★★★

    1. I like this a lot, but don't love it as much as some. That said, it clearly rewards repeated viewings given the level of detail. It is sometimes, often deliberately, difficult to follow where it's going in individual scenes.
    2. The poster is a spoiler and that's annoying.
    3. Sandra Huller is so good here, and much of the film relies on her facial reactions to Simonischek's more active performance.
    4. Quite good as satire of both neoliberal corporate…

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  • Victoria

    Victoria

    ★★★

    Great stunt, decent film. Ironically, VICTORIA is at its best when flouting the hyper-immediate realism that its single take brings (viz. sequences where Frahm's score drowns out diegetic sound, the opening scene). Also, goes about 30 minutes too long, foregoing the chance to end on a high note. Fun, exhausting.

  • The Strange Little Cat

    The Strange Little Cat

    ★★★★½

    Stunning and endlessly rewarding even if this were only a formal exercise, but this builds to leave a rather intangible, devestating impression. The film captures the transience of individual moments with heartbreaking sincerity. The mother is upset that her youngest daughter's early scribblings were thrown away until she is reminded that her other children's mementoes are now sitting in a box in the basement. All is ephemeral.