Emilia has written 7 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas


    What a gem!

    Harry Dean Stanton is pure gold! Why wasn't he cast more in main roles?

    Utterly beautiful cinematography, a mysterious story, humane characters. The tension builds up towards the end and you don't see the time passing as you stay glued to the screen.

    Somehow a very European film soaked in melancholy but with a Texas backdrop. Is this a road movie? Or more of a love story? And how is it possible that the only other film…

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    World war 2 rages in the background and the young orphaned siblings Seita and Setsuko try to survive it on their own.

    This is probably the most touching animated film you'll ever see. One of the Studio Ghibli favourites that I had been saving for the right moment, meaning a calm evening without any personal drama that would over-enhance the melancholy of the film.

    I have never seen portrayal of childhood as accurate as in Setsuko's character. The depiction of…

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight


    Again, 9 years after "Before Sunset", we are reunited with Jesse and Celine, this time as parents of twin girls.

    First part of the film goes on its familiar ways to insightful dialogue and great acting but I start fearing that I had expected too much from it. It feels reheated, somehow not as fresh as I remembered.

    But then the second part of the film kicks off and sure enough, it's way different than the two films we have…

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset


    "When you're young, you just believe there'll be many people with whom you'll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times."

    9 years after "Before sunrise", Céline and Jesse meet again in Paris.

    The characters are more mature, but also more beaten up by life and its ups and downs.

    "When I was younger, I was healthier, but I was whacked with insecurity. Now I'm older and my problems are deeper, but I'm more equipped…

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise


    It was a long time ago since I last saw this film. Back then I thought it was one of the greatest love stories ever produced on the silver screen. But I was so afraid to watch it again. Last time I was much younger, a different person. I was afraid that I couldn't feel what I felt then. But great movies tend to surprise you.

    The film is about a boy and a girl, from different backgrounds and countries,…

  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

    Hannah Gadsby: Nanette


    I had seen Nanette already before but talking about it with a friend made me want to see it again.

    I don't think reading reviews does you much good in this case. As everybody keeps saying: this is not stand-up as we know it. Still, you should see it to believe it. Are you supposed to cry in a stand-up?? Watch and decide yourself.

    Nanette changed my way of viewing stand-up. And life. Too corny? I don't care. "I identify as tired."

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods


    I've always liked Spike Lee's style. However, being the white European woman that I am, I wasn't sure if I quite fit the target audience for this one.

    The film is about four vets going back to Vietnam decades later to get the remains of their dead friend.

    I was expecting a buddy movie. Maybe a war movie. But it was way more than that. The ingredients of this film come at you with a breathtaking pace. There's nostalgic flashbacks,…