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  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    The Spirit of the Beehive

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Like a mushroom slowly getting its seeds spread out by the wind, the film begins laying out elements that were always underneath its original starting head.

    I particularly like the soft gaze of Anna who sees the world not as a trick but as a wonder. And how carefully and briefly war is introduced and yet we care so fast the most about the relationship between the unknown stranger and Anna. Extra points for whispers and definitely the scene where Anna wonders off into nature and her world comes alive. Love the contours in the water when she sees Frankenstein.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    Such an uppercut of a film. A wild beast surrounded by beautiful and peaceful scenery. The way Aster dismantles the 'chill guy, tight up girl relationship' is worth a Bergman wink.

    And the way he uses sound in his film is just amazing. It's also just laugh out loud funny almost Toni Erdmann style. Let the feast begin!

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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    Filled with beautiful contemplations on life, Yi Yi meanders through the events of a Taiwanese family with big questions. A meditation on lost love (NJ), first love (Ting Ting), first steps towards how life is constructed (Yang Yang) and in a smaller part how to get past the everyday routine (Min Min) unfolds in surprising ways.

    The delicately constructed tableaux- Yang is a true master in placing the camera in the right position and distance from his subjects- blow a…

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★★

    That Kora-eda still manages to create some of the most warm, heartfelt and tender moments you ever witnessed on film between all the conflicting and depressing surroundings is nothing less than masterful.

    Yes, the last 30 minutes are a bit too cheesy and predictable but in its strong moments Shoplifters is such a welcome case of warm humanity between all the bitterness. It inspires. My cup of tea.