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  • Introduction

    Introduction

    ★★★½

    Reviewed for InRO's fourth Berlin dispatch:

    It’s somewhat reductive to observe that Hong Sang-soo, so often noted for his diptych structures, seems to have moved into a new triptych phase with his two latest films: The Woman Who Ran and now Introduction. Still, it does seem rather significant that both films unfold across three clearly distinguishable episodes, each of which sees the film’s main character involved in a rendezvous of some sort. But while The Woman Who Ran establishes a…

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    ★★★★½

    Wrote on this for Reverse Shot's Great Beyond Symposium:

    There is throughout Petra von Kant a sense of life as perpetual rehearsal, but as Petra’s earlier rude awakening illustrates, we cannot always decide when the curtain will rise, and we may one day wake up to find that it had risen long ago. Still, we inhabit our roles as best we can. Early on, we see Petra putting on her face as her high-society friend Sidonie (Katrin Schaake) carries on…

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  • Primer

    Primer

    ★★★★½

    Man, do you wanna watch Primer? I haven't seen it since later this afternoon.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★½

    For a film that’s predicated on gradual seduction and about looking/painting as a conduit for or expression of love, this opts for some rather unproductive presentations of time. The sense of daily ritual is poorly evoked: scenes are given just enough narrative information so we get a sense of the plot, but there’s no feel for duration, or a sense of deepening interplay between the characters beyond what is required to signal such developments. The fireside scene should be a…