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Top four films highlighting recent recommendations
Isolation, loneliness, the constructs for self destruction in Clare Denis’ Beau Travail, where the images, seldom without metaphorical merit, speak louder than the actions of the film’s characters.
Denis plays with sensory techniques to allow the viewer closer to the emotional chaos that reigns within Galoup (Denis Lavant), a French Foreign Legion officer whom is experiencing a discourse as he looks back at his life.
Beau Travail is nothing short of exemplary in every aspect. A character study that brings to focus what it means to be a foreigner, a motif that Denis returns to throughout her career.
A real work of art.
Akira Kurosawa Season Film 01
Akira Kurosawa’s debut film is an admirable effort. Whilst he’d proclaimed that it wasn’t until Drunken Angel in 1948 that he was able to fully express himself as a filmmaker, Sanshiro Sugata shows Kurosawa fleshing out the techniques, exploring themes that we would see fully realised in his more prominent future works.
Sanshiro Sugata is a story about the creation of the martial art of judo in the 1880s that quickly replaced jujutsu. Akira-san, not…
We fear what we don't understand, and the more we don't understand, the less we ask questions.
Alex Garland's directorial debut has the above statement running through it's veins. Caleb, a bright and prodigious young computer software coder, wins a competition to spend a week in the company of Nathan, the CEO of large technological corporation - who's idiosyncrasies aren't too far removed from those of Tony Stark's - who has been playing deus ex machina in his spare time:…