Archive for December, 2012

Beyond the Hills

Beyond the Hills

in Romanian Movies

Following 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, which had been crowned with a Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu is back with his much-anticipated new feature. While his new story is as strong as in his previous film, which dealt with illegal abortion, the only similarity between those 2 movies is the presence of […]

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Like Someone in Love

Like Someone in Love

in Japanese Movies

Following Certified Copy, which was taking place in Italy, the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami is now using Japan as a setting. Telling the story of a young escort girl, harassed by her jealous boyfriend, Like Someone in Love – the title is a reference to a jazz song – is fully in line with Mr. Kiarostami’s body of work. For the most […]

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Amour

Amour

in French Movies

Since the White Ribbon, which won a well-deserved Golden Palm award in Cannes, Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke seems to have found peace, having abandoned his taste for gratuitous provocation. Filled with sadness, Love shows the director’s – sometime exasperating – aspirations to take spectators hostage of his film mechanisms. This time, Mr. Haneke expresses some affection for his characters, his camera following them […]

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On The Road

On The Road

in American Movies

Published in 1957, Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel remains one of the most influential works coming from the Beat Generation. Following a group of friends as they travel back and forth throughout the U.S., it’s not hard to believe how this book proved to be so revolutionary at the time: Indulging in drugs, alcohol, sexual excesses and embracing the arts – […]

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Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

in American Movies

Here is a film that follows genre rules but manages to surprise, taking the audience in an unexpected direction. Is it another formatted thriller? No and the main character isn’t the hitman who pretends to kill his victims softly. This isn’t one of these young wannabe thugs attempting a robbery either. The real central figure is instead the U.S., still […]

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