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Favorite films

  • The Silences of the Palace
  • I Am – A Film About the Art of People Living in the Tundra: Prehistory and Encounter
  • The Deer
  • Journey to Italy

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  • The Mating Season

    ★★★★

  • A Good Lad

    ★★★★½

  • Thieves' Highway

    ★★★★

  • Mosaico

    ★★★½

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  • Fallen Leaves

    Fallen Leaves

    ★★★★★

    Midnight Sun Film Festival 2023 -- Film #9

    Aki Kaurismäki's newest film is probably the most important Finnish film of the century so far and it's also one of Kaurismäki's most minimalistic works. As the far-right is coming to power in Finland with devastating politics planned, the film's importance will be impossible not to feel. I was crying and laughing so much. One of the most unique movie-going experiences of my life so far.

    I wrote about the film and…

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    ★★★★★

    I haven't had this refreshing feeling after a film since I rewatched Inherent Vice last year when news were showing nothing but shit. It's like feeling cold or otherwise dirty and going to warm sauna after a hard day and then coming out, taking something to drink and feel like world makes sense even if it is only for few seconds until it starts to wear off. This is for me the only way to describe Wild at Heart -…

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  • The Mating Season

    The Mating Season

    ★★★★

    A superb, hidden gem that only partly remains in sight because of its director Mitchell Leisen, and the one Oscar nomination for Thelma Ritter. For a long time, it doesn't feel at all like you were watching a screwball comedy, the mistaken identity angle is incredibly painful and reveals in such a stupefying way the conflicts within the U.S. class society, the dehumanizing shame about status that people end up internalizing. I'm not going to spoil it, but for those…

  • A Good Lad

    A Good Lad

    ★★★★½

    I have no idea what just hit me when this was over... "Was that really it?" suddenly turns into "That was too much!". From "You don't love me" to the apocalyptic sky and rain of fire, earth and sky sing their songs differently. Barnet's poetic touches are many but so are his sorrows which grasp the film occasionally in the form of a lament. Rare things are as illustrative of his brilliant sense of irony and poetry as the fact…

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  • A Moment of Innocence

    A Moment of Innocence

    ★★★★★

    After watching this film, I realized I'm never going to be film critic or scholar. This beautiful feeling that I'm feeling cannot be put to words. I've realized that the greatest films are something about what you can write and write, try to open them and their beauty, try to ease your burden and wonderment but you simply can't put them to words. I've loved film theory but after a film like this, I can't help but to pretty much…

  • Claire's Knee

    Claire's Knee

    ★★★★★

    Some say that women are always over-analyzing everything. Well, men are trying to justify everything they do (especially their desires) with the most idiotic and weirdest (to the point where they don't make sense) justification. For a while I watched the film without realizing anything what was going on. Conversations. Well, they are French. At some points I started thinking about how creepy these situations actually were. It wasn't until the last conversations between Jerome and Aurora that I realized…