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  • Days of Being Wild
  • City of God
  • The Master
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  • Love and Anarchy

    ★★★★½

  • A Room in Town

    ★★★½

  • La Haine

    ★★★★½

  • Nenette and Boni

    ★★★★

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  • Love and Anarchy

    Love and Anarchy

    ★★★★½

    Three phases.

    First: "OK, neat, this is about radical leftism and anti-fascism contrasted with broad Italian sex farce, that's kind of cool even if the marriage seems a little forced. And I dig this guy's acting."

    Second: "Oh, wow, no, this is really authentically touching. This really is about love as much as it's about anarchy, and Wertmüller really does care about both. This is quite good. And I dig this guy's acting."

    Third: "Oh, fuck, no, this is now…

  • A Room in Town

    A Room in Town

    ★★★½

    Not one of Demy's masterpieces, but still quite good. It's a little less graceful than The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and as a result it perhaps lives in that movie's shadow -- "ah, yes, the other Demy in which all the dialogue is sung." Well worth taking on its own terms, though.

    The thing is, it's deeply political. The doomed romance doesn't work without the tension of the strike and the class struggle. Demy isn't subtle about this. The relationships are…

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  • Anguish

    Anguish

    ★★★★

    Awesome movie about mental illness and occult horror, anchored by great acting. Or maybe it's an indie drama about mother/daughter relationships? Hard to say.

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★½

    Scathing. It took me a while to realize that Paris is the locus of whiteness in this one: white art gallery, white skinheads, white cops. The immigrant/minority protagonists come from the banlieues. The suburbs. So that’s a difference between France and the United States. But, you know, it’s the same fear of the different.

    Pay attention to which one of the kids doesn’t get blamed for the riots, and which one (it’s the same one) who slips past trouble most…