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  • The Embassy

    The Embassy

    ★★★★

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

    How do you film something you have no access to? Chris Marker's fake documentary is not only his take on the political situation in 1970's South America, but also a director's statement: this could happen anywhere.

    The stunning final shot revealing that what we just witnessed happened in Paris and not in the context of some southamerican dictatorship works also as evidence of one of cinema's greatest possibilities: that of creating a specific space, time, and ultimately meaning out of something completely different. Everything is a lie, but also true in the movie's own narrative.

    A true 20-minute masterpiece.

  • Ingrid Goes West

    Ingrid Goes West

    ½

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

    The greatest problem with Ingrid Goes West is that it doesn't decide whether it wants to be a cautionary tale or a real dark comedy, so it ends up being something bland in between the two of them.

    As a cautionary tale it fails by rewarding the main charachter with the exact thing it should take away from her, whereas as a dark comedy it seems shy and doesn't go all the way to some darker terreign.