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  • Mulholland Drive
  • Angel's Egg
  • Paprika
  • The Forbidden Room

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  • Stella Polaris

    ★★★★½

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★

  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★★

  • Gods of the Plague

    ★★★★½

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  • Stella Polaris

    Stella Polaris

    During the film’s brilliant opening scene in which the unnamed heroine wanders the streets lined by mostly dilapidated and abandoned buildings, there is something coldly Żuławski-esque enveloping the gloominess at display. Then comes the awakening, and the gray nightmare turns into a memory-laced reverie set in the northmost part of Norway – the woman’s birthplace somewhere in Finnmark where the author also comes from. Her past and her present intertwine to the point where one cannot distinguish dreams from reality,…

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    “This has been a mistake, hasn't it?” is a line that pretty much summarizes my watching experience, because oh boy, what a huge disappointment this highly anticipated flick was!

    And where to begin with criticizing? The utter banalization of mystery or walkout-causing scenes supposed to be visceral, but instead coming across as shallow and chuckle-inducing? Cronenberg’s autopilot direction and borderline-scatterbrained script rife with rehashed ideas, or those annoying mannerisms which Kristen Stewart brings from one of the last year’s most…

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  • The Way Home

    The Way Home

    ★★★★★

    Set in the 19th century southern Georgia still dominated by the Ottoman Empire, The Way Home (originally, Gza shinisaken) reimagines the historical figure of Anthim the Iberian (Antimoz Iverieli, 1650-1716) - a revered scholar, theologian, calligrapher and philosopher - as a quiet young man who tries to return home after escaping his captors. Presumably inspired by the likes of Dreyer, Bresson, Tarkovsky, and Parajanov, this peculiar, surrealistic drama turned 'road movie of the soul' daringly embraces anachronisms, as well as…

  • The Forgotten Colours of Dreams

    The Forgotten Colours of Dreams

    ★★★★½

    First-timer Nina Viola brings poise, grace and, paradoxically, life to the role of Death's (charming) personification in Johnny Clyde's outstanding multilingual feature debut The Forgotten Colors of Dreams - a lyrical, transcendental, contemplative, deeply melancholic, brilliantly gloomy, phantasmagorical drama which is admirably carried by non-professional cast, subtly imbued with thought-provoking dialogue (on love, beauty, life, death, memories, religion...), densely packed with experimental, ethereally beautiful VHS visuals in 'tondoscope' aspect ratio, and neatly wrapped in haunting soundscapes often evoking spectral dimensions.