One of the best films of the year, not quite the shocker after Bonello has consistently delivered with his recent work. I'm pretty surprised how well he got his facts straight about wudu and engages with it in a way that does not always feel reductive or exploitative but deeply fascinated and respectful in equal manner. Most importantly, it recontextualizes the western "mythos" around it into both culture and history, showing it's contemporary importance as postcolonialist defense mechanism.
No regrets for this rating, because if a film elevates me into a state of complete and utter intoxication with life, even if based on an escapist distortion of reality, it deserves it.
Not gonna talk or think about what's wrong with it or not, because the only thing I need to know is that it made me fucking happy!
Berlinale 2017 Film #06
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I read the novel when I was about 15 and it had a big impact on me, I don't think I would have been out yet if it wasn't for Andre Aciman's beautifully written story about a summer that changed everything.
Over time I kind of forgot that the novel existed, which is a shame, but thank god this movie was going into production, so that I decided to reread the…