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  • Distant Thunder

    Distant Thunder

    ★★★★

    Satyajit Ray's film about the Bengal famine of 1943, depicted through the eyes of a young Brahmin and his wife.

  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    ★★½

    Enjoyable mainstream comedy with a predictable plot playing in an exotic setting and handling some quirky but lovable characters. The film is not at all remarkable for its formal qualities, but for its very strong cast. A little bit less entertaining than its predecessor, maybe, but still a very amusing romp. I wouldn't mind watching a third part.

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  • Pickpocket

    Pickpocket

    ★★★★½

    Excellent, gritty and realistic account of a petty criminal left behind by his old pals that can adapt to new aggregational develeopments of contemporary chinese society. A bit too long, maybe, and losing its track in the last half hour, but that's just minor criticism in an overall superb film. Cinematography by genius Yu Lik-wai.

  • Love Exposure

    Love Exposure

    ★★★★½

    Yes, this is maybe as good as it gets. Its biggest achievements surely are that this is not an empty popculture ballet without significant meaning orbiting around itself in a delirious hedonist fashion but bears, on the one hand, a lot of reference to actual ongoing developments (speak: anxieties) of society (The Zero Church as a religious cult, cf. A Guru is born (Takeshi Kitano), or 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)) and youth culture (panties-hentais versus punky chicks adoring pure love (cf.…