• Moonlit Winter

    Moonlit Winter

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    Winter. Everything is frozen into a perfect stance of rehearsed composure. Not a sound outside. The landscape will stay still for the next three months. Everything white, the colors have been buried under the cancelling snow. Long past are the days where everything was moving, when sounds and excitement filled the air that now, unwelcomed, creeps from the drafts. Summer feels like someone else's memory, an alien experience, lost forever. Then, a memory hits harder than the others, bringing a…

  • House of Tolerance

    House of Tolerance

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    Trapped.
    At first, you like it. The attentions, the luxuries. You don't need to worry anymore about the common problems of everyday life. Food, shelter, they are all brought to you in the highest of fashions. The days of wildness are long gone, and life has turned into a wild dream. It's a dream, isn't it? You wake up. The dream has ended, and it has left a bad taste in your mouth. Maybe it wasn't a dream. Those days…

  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

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    Fight. Fight for money. Fight for love. Fight for sex. Fight so that all of the emotional pain can disappear, temporarily erased by a much more bearable physical one. Fight to build a legacy. Fight, so that world may see you. Fight to live.

    And so De Niro fights, covered in sweat and blood, he fights on the ring, he fights so that his friend may live. His character, Jake LaMotta, becomes more than the protagonist of a biography, he…

  • Possession

    Possession

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    Words have different connotations related to the context they are used in, the title of this movie, Possession, is not only an indication on what the plot revolves around, but also on the effect it has on the viewer.
    This movie captures the viewers and holds them in its intricate, psychological wonders of horror. As if something had possessed them, the viewers find themselves immobilized in front of the screen, barely able to blink, the world around ceases to matter,…

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

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    Death is incomprehensible. Humans are not made to understand it. When confronting it we are left defenseless, vulnerable. Nothing can protect us from it, nothing can explain it. One can only accept it as a part of life. But the path to acceptance is long, and it never comes to a real end. Adults do not know death, but they have learned to live alongside with it. For children it's different. They do not understand life, how could they have…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

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    I'm cold

    Coldness invades the space, all at once, it takes the breath away, freezes everything in space and time. Its biting presence doesn't let anything go, it traps. Britain is trapped in cold traditions, the centuries old ice provides for uncomfortable safety against the flames of the unpredictable future, so alluring, so scary.
    Some like this familiar chilliness. They have, after all, been raised in it, why should they wish for something different? But there are some that can't…

  • My Night at Maud's

    My Night at Maud's

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    Words. Flooding, invading the space, unstoppable. Uneasy, they fill the air with unoriginal thoughts, with the arrogance that comes with the belief of thinking you know the truth about everything. Glances. Elusive, the rapid movement of the eyes. They fill the brief silence between words, expressing all of what's left unsaid, expressing the forbidden desires of the souls, the ones that would go against one's principles. The characters leave the frame. The frame stays empty, still. In the air both…

  • Taipei Suicide Story

    Taipei Suicide Story

    We fuel ourselves on memory. Memories of happy times with beautiful people, memories of food, memories of a life that doesn't even seem real, for how different it is from what it is now. Memories, corrupted by nostalgia, seem ever so perfect to our present self, and the more perfect they seem, the more unattainable they are. Memories, alongside with hope, are what keeps us going, what makes us say: I can do it. But it comes a time when…

  • The Crowd

    The Crowd

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    The American Dream. The belief that, wherever you come from, whoever you are, you can do it, you will do it. An entire nation prospered because of that belief, and countless movies and novels made of that very same belief the foundation for their narration. Yet few of them tackles the way that dream can ruin one's life, how that belief can be erroneous, a blinding mirage to make the masses believe they are special, when, in real life, they…

  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    Funeral Parade of Roses

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    Funeral Parade of Roses is fluid, part fiction, part documentary, it mixes different genres and technique to achieve a devastating effect on the viewer, reflecting in its form and narration its characters. Similarly to what Titane did this year, Funeral Parade of Roses expresses its themes through the medium, creating a hybrid form of movie making that takes much from the Nouvelle Vague in terms of innovations and immerges them is pure 60's Japanese sub-culture, the result is something innovative…

  • Asako I & II

    Asako I & II

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    Movements. Bodies running towards each other, crushing, longing, desperately searching for something they need, but never seem to obtain. Bodies growing apart, moving in opposite directions, as life goes on without ever going back. Physical and intangible attraction, so powerful that they become scary, so inexplicable but nonetheless so real. Feelings become memories, as time goes by, cherished to the point they lose their true meaning, projections of a long lost life that maybe didn't exist.
    The predominant component of…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

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    Mulholland Drive moves its narration between the realms of dream and reality, taking its power from the primal fear of the unknown, of not being able to split truth from fiction, disorienting the viewer with its unreliable storytelling, making for an uncanny, visionary experience. Mulholland Drive refuses to give the viewer an answer, it leads them towards it, but never reveals it, like a cat and mouse game where the movie gets near the truth only to hide it again.…