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  • Our Homeland

    Our Homeland

    ★★★★

    Minimalistic in every aspect, yet an emotional and gut wrenching drama lead by the excellent Arata Iura and Sakura Ando. Their nuanced acting left me helpless - just trying to imagine the pain and fury and helplessness these families must be going through in a situation like this. In reality, where you don't even stand a chance to pick a fight against the regime. Uff. Literally heartbreaking. A silent film, but an effective one.

    Full review in German: infernalcinematicaffairs.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/our-homeland-2012-jp/

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    SHOPLIFTERS ain't a movie. It's a feeling.
    And the acting! What an outstanding acting by every.single.one.of.them.

    Got a bit confused with Kore-edas style of editing the last act, though. (might have been too tired to follow it through.)

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  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    ★★★

    Handwerklich geschickter Hochglanz-Science Fiction-Quatsch mit durchaus schönen Ideen und frischen Ansätzen. Die internationale Besetzung ist solide, leider verliert sich der Film zusehends in der Belanglosigkeit. Die cleveren Ideen werden altbekannten Handlungsmustern unterworfen und das Ende. Nun... das wird allmählich zum bescheuerten Running Gag der lose zusammenhängenden Cloverfield-Filme. Diese müssen sich jedoch eine Sache nicht anhängen lassen: Nämlich, dass sie sich nicht ständig neu erfinden würden. Jeder Film zieht eine eigene Masche durch und das ist durchaus reizvoll.

  • A Tale of Two Sisters

    A Tale of Two Sisters

    ★★★

    Never ever did a film manage to leave me behind in such a scary and helpless manner. My whole body feels incredibly cold, because of fear and uneasiness. Kim Jee-woon manages to create an intimidating family portrait, close and comfortable and yet so cold and distant. The wonderful aesthetics draw you close to the characters. You are taking in their perspective and start to feel uneasy around certain figures as the puzzling story continues.
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