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  • Black Peter

    Black Peter

    ★★★★

    If this had been the Čenda and Zdeněk show then it would have been a cast iron five stars.

  • Boundaries

    Boundaries

    ★★★½

    The lives of three women working in different areas of politics intersect briefly during negotiations over mining rights. The film branches out from this central point to look at each woman's life and how the basic fact of being a woman affects their ability to live and work on their own terms. There's a nod to overt drama near the end but for most of the film we simply get to spend time with these women as they navigate the obstacles placed in their way. It may not sound that fascinating but somehow it works.

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  • Jubilee

    Jubilee

    Is this shocking? Do I shock you? How about now? See how transgressive I'm being? I bet you're shocked now. What about now? This is pretty shocking, right? What about this? Are you shocked yet? How about now? Come on, admit it. You're shocked now. What about now?

    That, for 100 minutes.

  • Vive L'Amour

    Vive L'Amour

    ★★★★½

    This is a glacially paced study of three desperately lonely people who all live alone in the same Taipei apartment, often at the same time.

    On a fairly superficial level, Ming-liang Tsai appears to be Taiwanese cinema's answer to Bela Tarr. We get long, stately shots of Mei, Ah-jung and Hsaio-ang going about their daily lives, sitting in bare rooms, smoking, sleeping. There are moments of deadpan humour and tenderness but the overwhelming impression is one of urban isolation. These…