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  • The Farewell
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Drive My Car

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  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

    ★★★★

  • Paris, 13th District

    ★★★

  • The General

    ★★★★

  • The Beaches of Agnès

    ★★★★½

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  • The Story of My Wife

    The Story of My Wife

    ★★★½

    What a way to kick off my Cannes experience — scrambling into my dress because I got the ticket pretty late, walking THE red carpet, someone offering me their arm and me thinking that they wanted to “elbow greet” me!!! And of course: the movie. 

    Directed by Ildiko Enyedi, The Story of My Wife revolves around a captain named Jakob Störr who one day decides to marry the first woman who crosses the threshold of the café he’s sitting in. From the beginning,…

  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★½

    The more Bergman films I watch, the more I’m falling in love with his style, his dialogues, his themes, and, in the end, I find myself falling in love with film all over again. Bergman’s work is difficult to digest, but at the same time, or maybe just because it is hard to process, it’s nearly impossible to forget about his films, almost as if not only pivotal scenes, but also seemingly insignificant dialogues were forever engraved in my mind. …

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  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

    What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

    ★★★★

    What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? is a lyrical meditation on life. It never answers the question its unusually long title raises, but instead, it tells us that everyone’s sky is different. Although every character in the film is living their life in front of the same backdrop, a city in western Georgia named Kutaisi, each person perceives their environment differently—ranging from Lisa and Georgi, the protagonists, to carefree children playing in the streets to stray…

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★★½

    At some point in my life, I began wondering what it would be like to meet my parents when they were the same age as me—age 8, age 15, age 18, and now, age 20. Would I get along with them? What would we talk about? What stories would they tell me? What would they have been through? It’s hard to imagine that our parents were once the same age as us when we’ve only known them as our elders,…

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  • Mass

    Mass

    ★★★★★

    When I got my ticket for Mass, I didn’t expect it to be lighthearted or joyful, but I also wasn’t expecting it to move me as much as it did: I sobbed, I wept, I probably used way too many tissues, and yet, in the end, I smiled. Mass confronts us with perhaps the greatest pain a parent can experience—the loss of a child. This film explores the meeting of two sets of parents; the parents whose son passed away, and the other…

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★½

    Is alcohol beneficial? Is alcohol detrimental? Another Round answers neither of these questions—instead, it tries its best to offer a rounded perspective on what many consider a legal drug. At first glance, the premise is simple: Four friends decide to put a theory to the test by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their bodies through the day, and for a while, everything seems to go well, maybe better than before, even. As time goes on, however, the initial premise…