Images of a Relief ★★★★★

the conformist meets mirror meets the element of crime

this is von trier's graduation film. the style of his very early work, no matter how overtly inspired, is, to me, a thing of extreme beauty and substance. the way he works with darkness, single colours, and intangible shapes, makes me want to break down.

the film's story is political and personal. the accompanying images are immediately haunting.

i do not know where this side of von trier is now. i adore what he is doing now, but it is incredible to me that he seems to have been able to separate himself from whatever caused him to make this.