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  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    I keep on reediting this film in my head, telling the same story in a different way, allowing it to be vulnerable, to be misunderstood, so alone in a life so wonderous, divine of meaning.

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★½

    Hollow and misguided.

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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day

    As critical of its solipsism as its devoted to it. An attempt to approach sentinel life as a disease incurable, And what could that mean. Stylistic hesitation and somewhat parodied self-importance, that prove to actually be the face of true courage. For a film as sad as this one, and in such a particular sense of undisputed sadness as well, it is urgent and lively, and it is so very funny. Almost as funny as the fact that we allow…

  • Under the Shadow

    Under the Shadow

    ★★★★

    "Dead people don't dream".

    My mother's family left Iran for Israel in the 50's, when things became more dangerous for Jews. Before Under the Shadow, I never saw a film in which the characters spoke Farsi. The language my mother talked with her parents and aunts and uncles and cousins, a language I associate with softly spoken gossip, the second names of relatives that shadow their Hebrew ones, the absolute best cuisine ever, children poems that I was taught only…