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  • Nenette and Boni
  • Mare's Tail
  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
  • L'Atalante

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  • Thank You, Life

    ★★★★★

  • Last Chants for a Slow Dance

  • Hinterland

    ★★★★

  • The Strangler

    ★★★★½

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  • Thank You, Life

    Thank You, Life

    ★★★★★

    Always hoped there would be a masterpiece in Blier's grab bag of bad taste, narrative reshufflings and absurdity that turns from comic to tragic (and vice versa), and it looks like this here big budget 90s arthouse/pop oddity may be it. This will be a hard one to write about without spoilers, though admittedly if you want to watch a film in which lots of unexpected and unpredictable things happen, this is for you. Starts with a battered bride in…

  • Last Chants for a Slow Dance

    Last Chants for a Slow Dance

    Been intending to check out more Jost for a while as I rather liked his autobiographical essay film "Speaking Directly". A highly regarded and very much self-styled/opinionated "fierce American Independent", this is Jost's first narrative fiction film and I would guess it is an attempt to merge the post-underground styles of its era (think early James Benning or Bruce Baillie on heavy downers) with the more mainstream early 70s "bummer, dude" narrative style (a la "Five Easy Pieces"), also a…

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  • Drugstore Romance

    Drugstore Romance

    A wild and deliberately uneven tale of L'Amour Fou at maximum fou, with the tone somewhat "off" from the very start. A classical music-loving garage mechanic (shades of Demy?) becomes obsessed with an older woman he glimpses at a music recital and immediately puts his other uncomplaining ladyfriends to work in tracking her down to a pharmacy that she runs. Our pharmacist is intrigued but unconvinced, until she is given a three-months-to-live diagnosis, and the tables not so much turn…

  • Apocalypse After

    Apocalypse After

    ★★★★½

    French cinema needs more films about the joys of living with a permanently disturbed mind after secretly watching "forbidden films" on VHS on your 10th birthday. Or Jean Cocteau impersonating Stalin on the last night of his life, the same Jean Cocteau who made a necrophilic horror film called "Here Lies The Cock". Or being exiled to a martian landscape of huge penis-shaped stalagmites on your 23rd birthday because your parents want you to "mate with a man". Yes, its…