Christopher Small

Editor, Outskirts Film Magazine

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Will try to keep notes on what I'm seeing. (Dec 2022)

Favorite films

  • The Good Fairy
  • Embracing
  • Enamorada
  • Twenty Days Without War

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  • Diamonds of the Night

  • The Killing of a Journalist

  • Take Me in Your Arms

  • Dragon's Return

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  • Diamonds of the Night

    Diamonds of the Night

    Bursts with manic visual ideas, but is also rather inert dramatically. Němec, like a skilled apprentice (it was his first film), is unable to synthesise one inspired set-up after another into structured sequences. The post-sync sound does nobody any favours.

    That protracted opening tracking shot through the forest suggests a rugged, practical-minded physicality to the film that quickly gets buried under endless hallucinations and flashbacks.

  • The Killing of a Journalist

    The Killing of a Journalist

    Watched in the run-up to the Slovak election next week. This was well-produced, not too cloying, fairly watchable, but still relied significantly on talking heads speaking emotively about the case. I'm sorry, but that is just never going to be my thing.

    Incredible to see that police reenactment footage of the killing play at length though. We see the man who assassinated Kuciak and Kušnírová in their home walks investigators through the crime step by step, often adjusting minuscule details in their posture or the position of somebody's hands as they reenact the moment of death.

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  • Afire

    Afire

    A writer is unable or unwilling to admit that what he’s writing (a novel called “Club Sandwich”) is shit—and unable or unwilling to relate to those around him. Thoughts are jumbled, painful, impossible to express, whether in art or in normal conversation. In between searching for excuses not to work, he can only gaze out at the people around him: namely, Felix (Langston Uibel), lifeguard Devid (Enno Trebs), his publisher Helmut (Matthias Brandt), and especially Nadja (Paula Beer).

    They’re all…

  • Music

    Music

    Oedipus and his discontents. Among other things, Schanelec is one of the few genuine heirs to Bresson's bone-dry sense of humour, in evidence throughout Music. Nobody at the world premiere was laughing (and most of them were seemingly too petrified by the official-ness of the event to walk out), but I was sitting directly behind Schanelec. I watched her nod her head almost imperceptibly in amusement at some of the "jokes" here.

    I still think I prefer earlier Schanelec movies,…