• 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.…

  • Ninotchka

    Ninotchka

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    During the early 30's Hollywood was suddenly shaken, not only color in movies was evolving towards what we know now thanks to Technicolor (even though the war and the consequential lack of financial support stopped its development) and sound movies were now ordinary, but dozens of filmmakers were crossing the ocean to escape from the horrors of raising Nazism. Amongst the many names, we have Fritz Lang, F. W: Murnau, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder (at the time only screenwriter) and…

  • The Children's Hour

    The Children's Hour

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    A word can destroy lives. So easy to pronounce, and yet so difficult to erase. The innocent words of children, so pure, so unmistakably right. So easy to believe. So prone to make their way into other people's head, making them believe every vicious syllable. To be able to speak is such a great gift we have, but it also can turn into the most horrid weapon when spoken words are heard by the wrong person.
    And so, for a…

  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    Arsenic and Old Lace

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    Respectability is the scariest monster. To put up a well mannered facade of good old American sentiments, to be the best looking house in the neighborhood, to perfectly act the role you have in front of society, to seem is the same as to be in the eyes of people. And so it is the ones who are the most innocent looking, who reveal to be the monsters, so caught up in their own lies, so well protected by them…

  • The Truman Show

    The Truman Show

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    Hollywood movies of the late 90's are all very similar. They express the same anxieties, the same state of alienation that characterized the suburban life of middle class people, stuck in a unfulfilling desk job, the end of the millennium nearer and nearer everyday and the sub sequential existential question: what am I doing with my life?
    Movies like American Beauty (1999), The Matrix (1999), The Game (1997) and The Truman Show (1998) are all characterized by the desire, the…

  • Titane

    Titane

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    Nothing is eternal. To live means to change, to transform, either for an internal need or an external one. And change is difficult to accept, to go through. Bodies, gender, life, are all fluid, they often do not submit to a singular expression of themselves. But you do have a choice in that inevitable change: you can either embrace it and let it become part of you, or you can fight it, in an act that can become self distruction…