21. film student.
“I feel like a spectator in my own life”
The voice of an unknown woman introduces us to our protagonist, Julie. The voice is a disconnected, objective narrator, but is close enough to Julie that the relationship between voice and protagonist is unclear. The voice is not Julie, but it is. It has access to Julie’s world, Julie’s thoughts, Julie’s memories and experiences, but it does not match the voice that is Julie’s. It is Julie’s voice, but it is…
I finished reading the play right before watching Elia Kazan’s adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire - and Tennessee Williams’ words are imbued with such life and realism that simply reading the play could have been enough, but the performances here from Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh are unforgettable. That is the strength of this film - they add a layer to these already living characters, and enhance the themes of the story.
It is a depressing tale - truly, utterly…
Contemporary youth and internet culture is really difficult to accurately portray on screen, but Not Okay does a pretty good job at utilising this culture to comment on the vapidity and selfishness that is born out of a chronically online worldview - while also being able to balance its perspective, and representing some of the positives of the access to community and the location of a voice through the internet. It is difficult to accurately review the film as I…
1950 does not fit into this at all... it really ruined the vibe for me. That’s... not what that song is about. I thought Spotify had started playing the song independently, that’s how much it stuck out and felt out of place.
Of course, it’s hard hitting and emotionally overwhelming, but that’s mostly just the subject matter and not really the way it’s been told. The animation style lends itself to the subject matter, in that it looks as though it was drawn on a school notebook. I’m sad but this wasn’t that great.
With an inherently upsetting and painful subject matter at its centre, Pray Away does not need to do much to evoke an emotional response in its audience. There is a transcendent resonance in the magnitude of the self-hate, the internalised homophobia & transphobia, the religious indoctrination, and the shame. It is overpowering.
Structurally the film is confused, with several protagonists, the flow between each person’s story affects the pacing. The pieces of the puzzle do not easily fit together, so to…