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  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul

    ★½

    There's no entrance point for those like me who didn't have an immediate response to Nemes' aesthetical propositions. This is Two Days, One Night but in hell, on both geographical and ideological senses: a man with a task runs against the clock; but while the Dardennes offer room to breathe and hope, Saul's task was born doomed. So what're left with is a vicious "first-hand experience" of what Nemes thought an adventure in a nazi concentration camp was like, which is just as unnecessary and inhumane as it sounds.

  • Aquarius

    Aquarius

    ★★★½

    No doubt it has a memorable central character with a strong POV (a team effort from the actress and the writer/director) and a full lived-in world — which, although too early to say, seems to be Kleber Mendonça Filho's most distinct mark as an auteur. But even though I feel enamored with Clara and her personal life (her past, her family situation, her relationship with friends and dates and art), the way Aquarius panders for the enlightened section of the…