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    "All this is realised entirely through the discontinuities of Graeme Clifford’s disorienting editing, as one actor is switched for another within a given scene, and Cathryn even conducts cutaway conversations with herself. It is a solipsistic approach to characterisation, as Cathryn’s skewed perspective is the only fixed point in a world where identity is otherwise fluid. With Cathryn becoming increasingly aggressive towards her various visitors, events grow ever more tense, as we are unsure whether we are witnessing our decidedly…

  • Painless


    "Deftly leaping from past to present and back again, this astonishing and ambitious debut from Juan Carlos Medina shows a nation numbed to the pain of her own history, while unearthing unspeakable secrets buried in the rubble of forgotten times. As such, it falls into a tradition of Spanish films (think Victor de Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive or Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone/Pan's Labyrinth diptych) that explore the horrors of their country's twentieth-century experience through the tropes of horror cinema, with the monsters of history as much made as born."

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  • They Look Like People

    They Look Like People

    "...down in the basement the film's dual status as indie buddy movie and psychological horror converges into one. This climactic sequence, unbearably tense but also profoundly moving, takes friendship to its outer limits, while presenting the most alarming aspects of mental illness in the most sympathetic of lights."
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  • Nymphomaniac


    review from Film4 (slightly altered)

    Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.

    "Fill all my holes, please."
    It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…