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  • Mouchette

    Mouchette

    ★★★★★

    In perhaps what is Bresson's bleakest yet, Mouchette offers an insight of a young girl's life, shrouded by tragedy.

    We see ascetic shots be as more mundane and realistic as possible, stripping away what is considered more conventional. There is very little dialogue for at least the first 30 to 40 minutes. We are just shown her struggles as she lives with her torrid family life, from a dying mother, a drunk and abusive father to a crying baby who…

  • The Pass

    The Pass

    ★★★★

    One of the more creative Soviet animations I've seen to date so far. Like Hedgehog in the Fog, it is made by Soyuzmultfilm and the company made some of the most effective of animations.

    It is a science fiction piece about an unknown radiation level planet where a few humans trapped try and find a way out. It is perhaps most comparable to Soviet/Eastern bloc sci fi such as Stalker, Dead Man's Letters or On the Silver Globe for example.…

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  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★★

    I got this film for my birthday, and before I say anything in-depth (or at least attempt to), may I preface that: Wow! Gina Rowlands and Peter Falk are superb in this, by far some of the greatest acting in the history of cinema, of course alongside Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc and Alexander Kravchenko in Come and See.

    This film is a brilliant character study. It seems to focus on Mabel (Gina Rowlands) due to…

  • Dead Man's Letters

    Dead Man's Letters

    ★★★★½

    A filmic masterpiece which drearily encapsulates a vision of humanity's end in a few days of radioactive mist. We see a man search for his son Eric, who constantly writes letters to but never successfully sends during the nuclear apocalypse (the letters give insight into his feelings, whether it be denial, optimism or despair, all narrated under a hopeless monotonous voice). Society slowly disintegrates into madness and hope fizzles into the abyss.

    This film is completely tinted in blue, dirty…