Toke Zandersen

Toke Zandersen

Educational Sociologist who is keen on watching arthouse films.

Favorite films

  • Close-Up
  • Charulata
  • World on a Wire
  • Platform

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  • The Holy Man

    ★★★

  • So Long, My Son

    ★★★★★

  • Further Beyond

    ★★★★

  • You Will Die at Twenty

    ★★★½

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  • Three Sisters

    Three Sisters

    ★★★★

    Three Sisters was a remarkable documentary with ethnographic sensibilities. For me it resembled research in to poverty stricken rural areas and the nonnarrated style reminded me of the institutional documentaries of Frederick Wiseman. Wang Bing continually makes strong documentaries of the other side of the coin in Chinese society. They might be slow and bleak but they are depicting the subject matter in an emphatic and sympathetic way, which never becomes condescending. A small gem of a film.

    Highly recommended.

  • Barbs, Wastelands

    Barbs, Wastelands

    ★★

    A somewhat disappointing short which lacks contextual knowledge. It has some aesthetically striking pictures though it does not make up for the esoteric narrative. At least I needed an explanation of context and the situation of the characters.

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  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    ★★★★

    The Sisters Brothers (2018) by Jacques Audiard

    My third film by the French auteur Jacques Audiard was a finely tuned sensitive western. Recent films like Moonlight (2016) by Barry Jenkins or Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013) by Abdellatif Kechiche brings gender roles and nonconformal ways of living into the mainstream of cinema. The Sisters Brothers should be seen in the light of the recent wave of queer cinema, and the film as such conveys the childhood trauma and shame…

  • The Left-Handed Woman

    The Left-Handed Woman

    ★★★★½

    The Left-Handed Woman (1977) by Peter Handke

    A quite sentimental break-up narrative in the context of slow cinema. The Left-Handed Woman is reminiscent of female auteurs (and writers) such as Duras and Akerman, albeit this is a males feminist view. The film has several references to Ozu and its exploration of modern relationships seems to build on the framework of family. The movie had several moments of bliss and zen, which made it one of best movie experiences this year.…