This movie is chaaarmiiiiingggg.
All in all, I prefer Valmont, but I can't argue with this film's merits. I believe that Forman, on a much tighter budget, was able to build a much more interesting setting. I found Frears' directorial choices more obvious and boring, even if I appreciated the rococo painting quality of many of his shots.
What a beauty. Between this and Moonlight, I'm so glad we had two low-key stories about love that tell more with faces and expressions than with words. Borbély Alexandra and Morcsányi Géza are both fantastic. Borbély has a lot of responsibility in playing a character who's struggling with self-expression, and the small moments in which she slips up and lets an emotion flit across her face are incredibly powerful. I generally haven't had issues with the acting in Hungarian movies…
After mother! we got another movie that's chock-full of Biblical metaphors, but this time the metaphors are not the point, they're just a vessel. Yorgos Lanthimos mashes up the Biblical God with the gods of Greek myths to convey a story about how a toxic domestic atmosphere of lies and deceit can ruin a family.
It's no surprise that Martin, the kid with godlike powers played by Barry Keoghan, loves Groundhog Day, a movie about an unexplained karmic power that…