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The Souvenir was always deeply autobiographical, but its sequel seems to take this notion to its logical extreme. It is all the better for it. A palimpsest of real and unreal amasses in which what is strictly fictional versus autobiographical no longer matters. All of it is real, but all of it is copy. As an extended final sequence depicting a raucous birthday party for Julie pans out to reveal a surprising shift in setting, we get the sense that…

In Yang, Kogonada depicts an extreme sense of the cultural distance that many Asian-Americans feel between their American identity and their Asian heritage. Though Yang can recite proverbs from Lao Tzu and facts about ancient Chinese society, he cannot access lived experiences of the homeland. “I wish I had a real memory of tea in China,” Yang admits. Instead, he—and Jake—are left to contend with the memories he does have. But these are no less sweet. When Mika speaks in…

In the words of C.L.R. James: “great men make history, but only such history as it is possible for them to make. Their freedom of achievement is limited by the necessities of their environment. To portray the limits of those necessities and the realization, complete or partial, of all possibilities, that is the true business of the historian.”

In characterizing the Small Axe project, Steve McQueen has cited this quote from James, the Trinidadian historian, journalist, and author of the…

Zhao’s powerfully poetic drama cements her as a groundbreaking talent, shaking the earth with her work’s hushed intensity. “I’m not homeless, I’m just houseless,” Fern says to those who inquire. The word “utopia” translates to “no-place,” and the hopes of the mythic American west or promise of a perfect society fade like the haze over the mountains — though there is still something breathtakingly beautiful about the views from the road. There is no place like home, but maybe home is no place at all.

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