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  • Himizu
  • Breath
  • The Piano Teacher
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  • The Humans

    ★★★★

  • Nest

    ★★★★½

  • Look Both Ways

    ★★★

  • After Yang

    ★★★★★

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  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★½

    This was exactly the film I needed right now. Filled to the brim with warmth and optimism, with characters you want to give a hug and that feel like true human beings with both good and bad sides. It was a joy seeing Joaquin Phoenix on the big screen again and I absolutely adored Woody Norman. It's not only them though, the side characters are also inhabited in such a way that you feel like they live full lives just outside of the screen. A film I wouldn't mind seeing again from time to time.

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  • Himizu

    Himizu

    ★★★★½

    Who are we, who do we want to become and who can we become? Are we defined by our surroundings or our deeds? Are dreams enough to hold onto and what are good intentions worth? Sono asks many big questions and with 'Adagio for Strings' playing, the weight of those questions is underlined. But apart from its heavy-handedness and the bleak world of our protagonist, it's also a movie about hope and the future.

    At first I was just thinking…

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  • The Humans

    The Humans

    ★★★★

    This is how you make a cinematic film of a play. I love how The Humans captures a family dinner with people getting on each other's nerves. They all have their own struggles, but most of them don't seem all interested to really get to know the struggles of the other people in the room. The horror elements, including warped imagery/reflections and sometimes (jump scare) sound design, work so well because they are subjective and fit the way the characters…

  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★★★

    This hit me even harder on a rewatch. All the little details are so intricately interwoven, symbolism is everywhere without it feeling forced. Such a warm and humanistic tale.

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  • The Captain

    The Captain

    ★★★★½

    Der Hauptmann is no easy watch. Everything from the dark humor to the soundtrack makes this one of the most suffocating movies I have seen. Because of that it leaves a very strong impression and gives a lot of food for thought. And I guess that is something all of the moviegoers felt up to a certain level, because nobody said a word after the end credits had rolled (those end credits are great BTW).

    Der Hauptmann is about power…

  • Anne+: The Film

    Anne+: The Film

    ★★★★

    Is this is a cinematic masterpiece? No. Does it fill my heart with joy (and my eyes with the occasional tears)? Definitely yes. I also think that Maud Wiemeijer is a very good writer of dialogue and especially the arguing between Anne and Sara felt just so real. Apart from that there were so many recognizable moments and even though it at times it might state its points a bit too obviously, I simply can’t help to just be glad…