Maker of my own misery.
My Favorite Films
My third Abbas Kiarostami film. I just love how the director turns a simple story into a very emotional epic narrative. It's almost impossible not to feel connected with Amhed (brilliantly played by Babek Amhed Poor), an adorable boy who's always concerning about the others: when he's washing his friend's knee, walking slowly with the old man and mainly, which is the theme of the film, looking for his friend's house. In Where is my friend's house? (1987), we will not…
I'm still trying to understand who are the boy and what he represents. When I watched Persona (1966) for the first time, I immediately got that Alma and Elisabet are the same person. But about the boy, looking in a different way, I think (ok, perhaps this makes no sense) he could be i) Bergman as a kid, thinking about filmmaking, ii) Elisabet's son rejected by her / Alma's aborted fetus or iii) an ordinary viewer like me and you. Since…
A terrific story of love: a poet (I think represents Jean Cocteau himself) falling in love with the Death and the Death, who is also in love with him, giving her "life" (freedom) to the poet. Cocteau has an extraordinary ability to add magical and surrealist elements in a narrative.
There's a (dreamlike) scene which Orpheus is sleeping next to a puddle of water. A similar scene appears in Looking for Langston (1989), which the character called Beauty is lying down on the bed, and there's also a reflection of his face.