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  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In


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    The Director Series III (2017): Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

    Pedro Almodóvar’s eighteenth film The Skin I Live In feels like a fish out of water among the other films by Almodóvar not because it’s bad but because of how formal, clinical, and unusually stylistic its narrative structure. But as the film goes deeper and secrets gets unveiled—it becomes an Almodóvarian melodramatic thriller with such inspirations from Hitchcock, Lynchian, and Cronenberg’s cinema. The result is a relentlessly…

  • Broken Embraces

    Broken Embraces


    Included in the list:
    The Director Series III (2017): Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar

    In his seventeenth film Broken Embraces, Pedro Almodóvar does his own film noir with this ambitious but unbalanced tale of romance and vengeance with a sultry Penelope Cruz in its center. This is also by far Almodóvar’s most visually arresting film to date, in regards to the way Almodóvar style and composed his cinematography. However, Broken Embraces feels unearned after everything that has been done. It feels…

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    Force Majeure


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