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  • In Just the Wink of an Eye

    In Just the Wink of an Eye

    ★★★★★

    Kisapmata is a dark psychological domestic thriller released shortly after the nominal termination of Martial Law in the Philippines that has lost none of its frightening power. The story is based on a piece of literary journalism entitled "The House on Zapote Street", which depicted a real event from 1961. To research the story told in six episodes, the author Nick Joaquín conducted interviews with actual eyewitnesses. In contrast to the original story, however, Mike de Leon's film, produced two…

  • A Tender Place

    A Tender Place

    ★★★★★

    The atmospheric drama A Tender Place, which is predominantly set in Hokkaido, deals with questions of guilt and responsibility in a very complex way. When Kasumi, a married woman, takes advantage of a family vacation to secretly meet the office worker Ishiyama, with whom she is having an affair, her daughter Yuka disappears without a trace. Kasumi's marriage breaks apart and she spends years questioning what happened on that fateful day. As the film progresses, she sets out once again…

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  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★★

    The restoration of Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece of the crime genre was followed by the closure of the Hwaseong case in September 2019, when the real culprit Lee Choon-jae was finally convicted almost thirty years after his last murder based on DNA results. Memories of Murder had also helped to keep the cases, which might have otherwise been forgotten, in collective memory. The dark and atmospheric film was one of the most significant works of the Korean New Wave at the…

  • Thavamai Thavamiruntu

    Thavamai Thavamiruntu

    ★★★★★

    Thavamai Thavamiruntu is the epic masterpiece of Tamil cinema. The film tells a poignant family story and in many ways ties in with Cheran's "Autograph", which also makes frequent use of flashbacks. While the first part of the film tells the story of the uneducated Muthaiah's efforts to give his two sons access to education, the second part describes the difficulties that arise when Ramanathan and Ramalingam try to fulfill their own wishes and temporarily abandon their parents in the…