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  • I Still Hide to Smoke

    ★★★★★

  • PlayTime

    ★★★★

  • The Phantom of Liberty

    ★★★★★

  • Black Girl

    ★★★★★

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  • I Still Hide to Smoke

    I Still Hide to Smoke

    ★★★★★

    À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer is a feminist film that focusses on the women of a community in Algeria. They live in a country that is in turmoil where terrorist attacks are common and the water frequently goes out. Also this is a country where women face both political and social discrimination. The bath house acts as a sort of safe haven that shelters the women from the craziness and harsh reality of the world they live…

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★

    PlayTime is a bizarre comedy from the 1960's. While it is easy to see the appeal of this movie, the film feels outdated and rather boring at times. For starters, it is classified as a comedy, but there aren't many moments that induce laughter from the audience. The comedic effect is supposed to come from the randomness of the story, but the humor may fall flat to some. It would be hard to tell this was a comedy if you didn't…

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  • The Phantom of Liberty

    The Phantom of Liberty

    ★★★★★

    Le fantôme de la liberté is a film with a nontraditional narrative form. This film constantly jumps from one plot arc to another where the setting and characters change drastically and there is little if any relation to the previous arc. For example, the film establishes this pattern in the opening minutes. The first scene of the movie takes place in 1800's France in a war torn environment. The film then cuts to a lady reading a story. It turns…

  • Black Girl

    Black Girl

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The film La noire de takes us into the mind of Diouana, an African girl who moved to France to work as a maid. This film gives us insight into what Diouana is thinking and explores her feelings of isolation and contempt for her boss. The film primarily takes place at the house in France where Diouana works. Throughout the film, Diouana states that she feels trapped and all she knows about France is the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. This…