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  • Arctic Heart

    Arctic Heart

    ★★½

    Secretly in love with the scientist who owns the research lab she works in, a young woman injects herself penguin DNA to offer herself as a guinea pig for his studies. Quirky romantic comedy might get unsettling and even cringe-worthy if you resent the way the openly masochistic relationship between the two protagonists is never, even remotely, questioned. Still, one must give it to writer-director Madinier for going all the way with her unusual premise. Le Bon is a suitably outlandish protagonist to make her character belivable in the context.

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★

    A year or so in the ordinary life of a maid working for a middle-class family in early 1970's Mexico City. Bookended by shots of planes in the distance, "Roma" uses a luminous black&white cinematography (by director Cuaron himself) for a documentary-like exploration of a painstakingly composed world: a true exercise in depth of field, "Roma" has a couple of strongly emotional sequences but mostly chooses not to dramatize the events, offering a neutral point of view that favors the…

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  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

    We All Loved Each Other So Much

    ★★★★★

    Three war-time friends, and the girl they all fall for, live through 30 years of Italian history. Originally designed as a homage to Neorealism, a film that grew into a masterful compendium of Italian Comedy. Scola and co-writers Age and Scarpelli pack more ideas into it than most filmmakers produce in a lifetime and yet the film unfolds naturally combining sheer emotion with an accurate (and, to this day, unsurpassed) map of the way the social texture of Italy evolved after WWII. Stellar cast has never been greater. A cornerstone.

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    ★★★★½

    Hardly fathomable adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's philosophical Sci-Fi novel lures viewers into a watching tour de force of constant, ever-changing, chaos in motion. A 3-hours, black and white exploration of decay taking place in a muddy, rainy, alien medieval planet where characters wander aimlessly, expel body fluids, and invariably get interrupted even in the most menial tasks. An extraordinary, irritatingly challenging, film experience that requires some radical film-watching commitment in order to be enjoyed.

    Previously filmed by Peter Fleischmann in 1990: letterboxd.com/albertofarina/film/es-ist-nicht-leicht-ein-gott-zu-sein/