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  • The Heiresses

    ★★★★

  • Wadjda

    ★★★★

  • Ilo Ilo

    ★★★½

  • The Hustler

    ★★★★

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    This review contains various thematic spoilers but only vague allusions to plot spoilers. Read at your discretion.

    A Brighter Summer Day is a truth epic, a four hour journey into the abyss of teenage disillusionment. It's about the reality of growing up and the consequences of an aimless life. It's a quiet movie, of people kissing in the dark, with conversations happening between people offscreen, of themes muted in favour of shapeless ideas. It's paced like life itself, with threads…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Werckmeister Harmonies is a film of constant symbolism and allegory. It is the greatest philosophical and political allegory since Sátántangó, another film by master auteur Béla Tarr. Werckmeister Harmonies is Tarr's most exciting film (although Sátántangó remains his best) because it's the most brimming with ideas. Adapting the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies more than matches the quality of the masterful original text. The film is more implicit in some ways, taking the dense metaphorical nature of the novel but…

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  • The Heiresses

    The Heiresses

    ★★★★

    The Heiresses is composed and harsh, a work of psychological tension derived from lonely experiences. It centres on two women who have been together for a very long time, their relationship established and stable. Until it suddenly isn't. They are privileged, but running out of money, even though they are too ashamed to admit it. When one is jailed, the film shifts onto the other and her deep loneliness. She must forge a new identity, to become self-sufficient in a…

  • Wadjda

    Wadjda

    ★★★★

    As a film about women and girls in Saudi Arabia, Wadjda shows the repressive laws and rules that govern lives in that country. However the film is not so overtly political, instead telling an ordinary story set within this social context, rather than hammering home the awful inequality on display. There's a more subtle approach taken by Wadjda, one which finds strength and condemnation whilst telling a simple yet very effective story.

    Wadjda is about a girl who wants a…

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★½

    Bad people are complicated. There is something dark at the centre of The Lost Daughter, a film which viciously tears apart the idealism we often have about motherhood. It is a film of mothers, but not one of love. Instead we see a rot, mothers who find children a burden. The Lost Daughter is an uncomfortable movie, with a constant unease and sense of dread. We wait to be given answers, for characters to be uncovered and exposed, and yet…

  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    SPOILERS ahead, but I would recommend reading this review regardless.

    This was my own personal hell. I was actually very excited to see Weathering with You. Makoto Shinkai is a mixed director at best but his work was certainly improving over the years. Two of the friends I most trust for anime recommendations told me this was great. I even almost went to the English premiere. Boy am I glad I didn't. I hated this film. I was fine for…