In 2015 filmmaker and scholar, Chantal Akerman, tragically killed herself as a result of a long battle with depression. A great loss as the 65 years old Belgian was a very influential icon among fans of arthouse and avant-garde cinema, where the director and screenwriter had been a first-mover to push a feministic agenda into the art of the of cinema. Akerman’s greatest legacy is without question her magnum opus JEANNE DIELMAN, 23, QUAI DU COMMERCE 1080 BRUXELLES (1975), which…
I think that someone is trying to kill me
Infecting my blood and destroying my mind
No man of the flesh could ever stop me
The fight for this fish is a fight to the death
THE LIGHTHOUSE (2019) is Robert Eggers' version of PERSONA (1966). With a trunk full of shit, piss, farts, cum and sea creatures, he secludes to a remote island accompanied by two grueling seamen to catch a fragment of the insane. Cleansed from Ingmar Bergman's…
Eva Marie Rødbro's I LOVE YOU I MISS YOU I HOPE I SEE YOU BEFORE I DIE (five stars for the title!) is an observing documentary that plays out like a crossover between MTV's TEEN MOM and Sean Baker's THE FLORIDA PROJECT (2017). A young mother with young children living a real life in poor surroundings. It's an intimate portrait as Rødbro closely observer her subjects, mainly the mother figure Betty, but we never get really close to her or learn why her poor conditions in life are more interesting to follow than any other speciment from the lower class of the average American.
"Do you understand? It's metaphorical. My example, it's a metaphor. I mean, it's uh... it's symbolic".
- Martin, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (2017)
The first time I watched Lee Chang-dong's BURNING (2018) was four days ago. I had never seen a film by the director, but after this particular film received a lot of buzz earlier at this year's Cannes festival, I became very intrigued. Not just because I'm generally fond of Asian cinema, or the fact that…