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  • Black Tide

    Black Tide

    ★★★

    Vincent Cassel and Romain Duris in a really dark and disturbingly cinematic nightmare thriller (though it is quite overscripted). Especially Cassel is a beast cop, fueled by Notgeilheit and a severe alcoholic problem. What a beautiful bastard.

  • When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends to be Dead

    When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends to be Dead

    ★★★

    This Japanese film has an awkward but beautiful title that makes total sense when you watch the movie. It's not what feminists would call a progressive representation of the female troubles of modern women in a patriarchal society, but it points to the problems other people might solve. This film entertains, but does not do much more.

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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.…