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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    A stunning road movie, distinctly american, with a soul of its own.
    I have never seen a Chloe Zhao before, but I can say that her style feels close to some of Malick's less radical works, which I mean as a praise. It's a film that makes you strongly empathize with its characters, it successfully manages to make you want to embark on such a nomadic life. It is able to transfer that sense of connection to nature that its characters feel. Imbibed with Thoreau, it manages to even slip in quite a few Shakespeare quotes.

  • The Painted Bird

    The Painted Bird

    ★★★★★

    It’s an eastern european movie at its core: raw, uncompromising, brutal, dim, hopeless and honest.

    Brutality actually lead to several people leaving the screening I attended to at Venice 76. Here, this movie was labeled as ‘14+’ but I believe it can be easily rated NC-17. The brutality of this movie includes some very graphic gore (although it’s mostly present in the first half of the movie) and sexual-related violence (mostly implied but persistent throughout the film). I believe that,…