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Favorite films

  • Cure
  • La Commune (Paris, 1871)
  • Drive My Car
  • Legend of the Mountain

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  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    ★★½

  • Summertime

    ★★★★

  • Jenny Lamour

    ★★★

  • Story of Women

    ★★★★

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  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    ★★½

    decolonise Hawaii

  • Story of Women

    Story of Women

    ★★★★

    a fabulous character and social study, such a rich and nuanced part for Huppert to play.

    H observed how cold and unlikeable she is, but becomes more happy and caring as she makes more money through backstreet abortions and renting her rooms to sex workers. She's crushed by poverty, not by a lack of virtue. But also not an unambiguous hero at all, shades of black and grey rather than black and white.

    Treatment of 'everyday life' in Vichy France as an exploration of fascism and occupation also shaded by nuance and delicacy. Really savoured this well-made and directed picture, looking forward to watching more Chabrol.

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  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★

    too stupid to write a proper review of this, some scattered thoughts:

    The sand seems so ominously terrifying, it's like a manifestation of time (of course) but also futility of life coming to bury you.

    Much of the blurb and chat around this film really hypes up the 'erotic' element, which I... just did not get? Not a particularly erotic film to me. Tactile?

    I thought consciously "this is like Misery but with existentialism" and "man, this would absolutely suck" a few times.

  • Z

    Z

    ★★★★★

    "Any resemblance of real events, to persons living or dead, is not accidental. It is DELIBERATE."

    Knocked out by the power and fury of this film, the most incendiary procedural I could have imagined. This film is my jam

    Investigating the aftermath of a political assassination, its cover-up, and the wide-reaching tragic consequences, this film has so much to say about ideology, hegemony, power and the state. The parallels to the 1963 assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis are of course deliberate…