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  • Stations of the Cross

    Stations of the Cross

    ★★★★½

    This seems like the natural extension of questions posed in Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills and Ulrich Seidl's Paradise: Faith, notably an apparent inability on the part of organised religion to adapt to modern technologies and rules. Brüggemann goes one step further by comparing Maria's traditionalist understanding of Catholicism with the more moderate offerings that surround her at school. The accusations of smugness that have been levelled by some critics are a result of the lack of answers in this…

  • Japón

    Japón

    ★★★★

    Carlos Reygadas’ debut film follows a nameless man who leaves Mexico City to travel to a more rural setting. He makes no secret of the fact that his is a one way journey, that he intends to kill himself. He eventually ends up staying with an old Indian widow in her ramshackle home overlooking a desolate canyon. Her lust for life and undiminishing humanity appear to reawaken something in the man.

    The only other Reygadas film I’ve seen is Silent…