Caitlin

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Favorite films

  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Satantango
  • Come and See
  • Wanda

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  • The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★★

  • Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó

  • The Road to Palestine

  • I Am from Palestine

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  • Julieta

    Julieta

    ★★★★½

    "Your absence fills my entire life and destroys it."

    I know all too well the way absence can haunt us, how we build our lives around the silence and the empty space left by those we have lost. Our days are filled with the aching to know why we've lost them and where they have gone and what we would be like if they were present with us. And our grief is just as enormous and all-consuming as the absence…

  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★★★★

    I hate therapy-speak. I hate how it's popular to pathologize just about every human emotion or experience and reduce it to simplistic terms. One might be tempted to call the relationship at the heart of Happy Together "toxic" or "codependent." Such descriptors leave me cold. Desire is chaotic, torrential, maddening, nonsensical, even self-destructive at times; it seizes us and leaves us bruised but utterly transformed. Sometimes, it's the love we do not get that changes our lives the most. We…

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  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★★★★

    I never watch films twice in 24 hours. It's unheard of for me. After watching Happy Together the first time, I knew my veins were glowing with something very magical, ineffable, and passionate. With this second viewing, I felt the magic all over again.

    As I watched the film alone in my room, I thought to myself "This is what I am made for." This really is all I need--art. This is what my life must be about. Just loving…

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    ★★★½

    The artist inherits all of life. They are more than just themselves. All the struggles and passions of the human condition play out through them. The present is never sealed off from the past. Art--especially film--is a container that holds the past, allowing it to be processed, transformed, and transmitted to others. We receive the art and are inspired to reflect on our own lives, memories, and everything we carry inside.

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  • I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

    I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

    ★★★★★

    What a magical little film for the soft-hearted daydreamers of the world who get lost in their own little fantasies, who fill their homes with photos and plants and opera music, who go unnoticed for the most part because they're awkward and don't fit in, but who have so much to offer. At times, I just found myself crying for no reason as I watched this film. I guess the reason is that this film exists at all and that it gives us Polly. I saw so much of myself in her. I'm so grateful for this special film.

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    I've always been frustrated by films and tv shows that begin with the murder of a woman and tell us very little about who she was or what her life was like. A woman's death often catalyzes an investigation; she ends up reduced to a prop, a device to start the solving of a mystery. But, I've often asked myself: What about her?

    At the heart of every murder mystery is a void--and that void is the victim herself. She…