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  • I Was at Home, But

    I Was at Home, But

    ★★★★½

    Schanelec's funniest film so far. But also tender, mysterious, polemical, hopeful.

  • The Dreamed Path

    The Dreamed Path

    ★★★★½

    Bresson comes to mind of course in the formal approach; Schanelec has always cited him as an influence, and now that for the first time she uses montage and shorter sequences it's even more obvious. What hit me the hardest, though, was that, story-wise, it's like a devastating variation on Rohmer's A Winter's Tale - that ending particularly. Best film of the year, easily.

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  • The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

    The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

    ★★★

    All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl, as Godard is commonly misquoted. I for one would have been content with Freya Mavor's freckles and those big glasses. But okay, the car is cool too. The gun however complicates things so much that Joann Sfar spends ten minutes near the end to explain and recap the plot in a manner that pretty much ruins the film. A pity, because otherwise I really enjoyed this.

  • Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One

    Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One

    ★★

    Vol.1-3. Probably the biggest disappointment aside from Julio Medem's Ma Ma. There are about three minutes in Gomes' 6h epos that are transcendent - that's the opening dance scene of Vol. 3. That scene leads to a story where Scheherazade becomes the character of the story instead of the narrator and it's pretty much the only time I wasn't annoyed or bored to tears. Of course, Gomes then proceeds to completely obliterate it. I partly get what he is doing, but I don't appreciate it even the tiniest bit.