Kai White

The chance of me creeping through your profile for something interesting to watch isn’t 100%, but it also isn’t 0%.

Favorite films

  • Letter from an Unknown Woman
  • A Tale of the Wind
  • Iran Is My Land
  • Satantango

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  • Professor Mamlock

    ★★★★½

  • King's Game

    ★★½

  • Man of Marble

    ★★★

  • One Day Before the Rainy Season

    ★★★★★

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  • Professor Mamlock

    Professor Mamlock

    ★★★★½

    I’ve seen plenty of anti-fascist cinema. Not like this, though. Jeebus cripes.

    This is raging, cinema screaming. Fascists can inspire that response, but nothing, and I mean nothing, can inspire that response more than fascists screwing with your parents. Director Konrad Wolf’s father Friedrich wrote this play in 1933 while he was in exile from Germany. Friedrich was an internationally known author, doctor, and, later, ambassador. He was also Jewish. By all accounts, Konrad adored his father. It is worth…

  • King's Game

    King's Game

    ★★½

    When a leading politician (Jesper Langberg) is injured in a car accident and hospitalized mere days prior to elections, Denmark’s Centre Party seems to be ready to fall in line behind Lone Kjeldsen (Nastja Arcel). But shadowy power players are ready to throw up roadblocks before she can become the country’s first female prime minister, and new parliamentary reporter Ulrik Torp (Anders W. Berthelsen) finds himself caught in the middle.

    Søren Pilmark and Lars Mikkelsen play the glowering baddies well…

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  • One Day Before the Rainy Season

    One Day Before the Rainy Season

    ★★★★★

    This is very easily one of the best films I’ve watched this year, and I wouldn’t hesitate to put it among my favorite films of all time.

    The rhythms of this movie are perfect. PERFECT. The way this dialogue is delivered, unemotional while talking about heartbreakingly recognizable emotions, grounded but otherworldly, compelling while being completely trance-inducing, it’s brilliant. This isn’t anything different, not really, from other Mani Kaul films, but this package is complete. I could have watched this for…

  • Man of Marble

    Man of Marble

    ★★★

    ”Besides, this isn’t America, these aren’t the methods to use …”

    So says the head of production (Bogusław Sobczuk) to Agnieszka (Krystyna Janda), not that she’s listening. She’s aggressive because she has to be. It’s relatable, her frustration over not being able to get an answer that should be so easy to find. But answers under Poland’s Stalinism amount to “you can’t do that” and “you’re being ordered not to,” so Agnieszka has to fight and push through, all in…