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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★

    a devastatingly melancholy goodbye to cinema-going, to a way of being together as uniquely meaningful as what others find in temples

  • The Lovers on the Bridge

    The Lovers on the Bridge

    ★★★½

    It's rare for a mainstream film to push the boundaries of formal possibility to the extent that Carax does in this film; rarer still for that kind of experimentation to feel so fresh after three decades. The second half of this film has always left me a bit cold as it veers off into the cliches of post-Nouvelle vague romantic cinema. But the first half is a genuinely liberated, hallucinatory experience, and feels in equal parts like fragments from a beautiful dream and a distressing nightmare.

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