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  • Prayers for the Stolen
  • A Chiara
  • My Night
  • Beginning

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  • Elvis

    ★★½

  • I Am Love

    ★★½

  • Romeo + Juliet

    ★★½

  • Morphine

    ★★★

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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★

    Lacks the urgency and depth of "Drive my Car", which I considered a masterpiece, whereas I thought in advance this one might well equate its precursor ("Wheel" premiered in Berlin before "Drive" did in Cannes, but the Dutch release of "Wheel" is quite late). At times the banality of the dialogues and the lack of conviction on behalf of the actors is the issue at stake, especially because you can see the (longer) interactions have been (over-?)rehearsed and recorded within…

  • Nowhere Special

    Nowhere Special

    ★★★★½

    [Dutch]

    Hoe vertel je je kind dat je terminaal ziek bent? Een brok in de keel is waarschijnlijk bij Nowhere Special, een beheerst, ingetogen drama over de relatie tussen een alleenstaande vader en zijn vierjarige zoontje.

    “Mama moest gaan, heel ver weg.” Het zijn de gebruikelijke eufemismen van verleden leed, verteld van ouder op kind om de klap van een blijvend verlies te verzachten. In Nowhere Special is de moeder van Michael (kindacteur Daniel Lamont in zijn eerste rol) dan…

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  • Bitter Moon

    Bitter Moon

    ★★★★½

    This movie's anti-Titanic. The boat doesn't sink and all references to (true) love turn out to be deceiving illusions. I absolutely loved it.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★

    Felt like a mediocre episode in the Star Wars saga and not as the intelligent space opera I hoped it would be. I hate to affirm that a big budget-miniseries could have toppled this rendering of the characters and their respective planet groups. Now Hollywood actors are literally drowning in the sand while imitating and performing the gravitas of dreams, utopias and power motives. Their high hopes fail in credibility *partly* because the built-up of the screenplay is unconvincing (dreams…