Apples

Apples ★★★★

AFI Fest 2020: Film 6

An incredibly fascinating film on the ways we try to repress and neglect our grief. We know that the protagonist is able to come to terms with his pain, but how many others are actually suffering from amnesia in this narrative? Is the wife of the dying man afraid to watch her husband die? What is the female character running from? Is there even a amnesia pandemic, or is it just widespread insufficient coping skills?

Director Christos Nikou really stuns with this piece, feeling like a Yorgos Lanthimos film with less deadpan and more emotion. Aris Servetalis' subtle reactions, like subconsciously putting on his seatbelt, or dancing the twist, made me feel his struggle and connected me to his world. My favorite foreign film this year, and one I hope to see on Oscar night.

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