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The Human Voice | Pedro Almodóvar

In the late 1920s, the French poet, filmmaker, novelist, and playwright Jean Cocteau wrote a new play and brought it to the stage in 1930. Cocteau admitted he conceived of this monodrama when some of his actresses confronted him and complained that his eccentric…

October 3, 2020
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Another Round | Thomas Vinterberg

The 19th-century French poet, Charles Baudelaire once wrote, “You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it — it’s the only way.” For Baudelaire, the notion of drunkenness is something mysterious, unearthly, and as he suggests, one has to be continually…

September 21, 2020
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180° Rule | Farnoosh Samadi

After the international success of Asghar Farhadi’s socio-familial, “realist” dramas, there were a litany of Iranian films that tried to copy the winning formula of his work. It’s certainly a trendy schematic, but one that already feels worn-out. Unfortunately, Farnoosh Samadi’s debut feature, 180°…

September 14, 2020
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by Ayeen Forootan Film

Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 | Kim Do-young

From an aesthetic standpoint, there’s nothing particularly extraordinary or ambitious about Kim Ji-young, Born 1982. It’s a work that could just as easily function as a typical TV domestic drama or a blandly straightforward adaptation (here, of Cho Nam-joo’s controversial bestseller of the same…

September 9, 2020
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Before We Vanish by Ayeen Forootan Film

I Used to Go Here | Kris Rey

Kris Rey’s latest has moments that delight, but the final product feels distinctly undercooked. Kris Rey (formerly known as Kris Swanberg) is no stranger to female-driven slice-of-life narratives that tackle relationship issues, professional aspirations, and general day-to-day struggles. The director has successfully mined this…

August 26, 2020
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