Ju Dou

Ju Dou China (1990) Dirs. Zhang Yimou & Yang Fengliang We reap what we sow. If you kick a dog long enough it will bite you back. You deserve to be bitten. Once the tables are turned, the dog must learn it to stop biting. Humility and a change in attitude is required by both … Continue reading Ju Dou

Beanpole (Dylda)

Beanpole (Dylda) Russia (2019) Dir. Kantemir Balagov War causes many losses both on and off the battlefield, but the sacrifices don’t end once the military conflict ceases. Reintegrating into a society rebuilding itself presents another set of struggles for those dealing with the aftermath of their experiences. In a Leningrad hospital in 1945, shortly after … Continue reading Beanpole (Dylda)

The Nightingale

The Nightingale Australia (2018) Dir. Jennifer Kent People are different be it through race, colour, creed, religion, geography, politics, or gender yet in many ways we are also the same - cut us and we all bleed, hurt us we all cry. So what is about our differences that even under extreme circumstances we can’t … Continue reading The Nightingale

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) France (2019) Dir. Céline Sciamma “Do all lovers feel they’re inventing something?” I’ve not experienced this thing called love but I imagine those who do, especially for the first time, will sense something magical unique to them. What I do understand however, … Continue reading Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor)

Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor) Germany (2018) Dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck So, what is art? Is it simply drawing nice pictures, or creating something abstract with profound meaning? Or is it expressing something truthful or powerfully political? For most people it is probably the sum of all these parts as much as any … Continue reading Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor)

The Thief (Vor)

The Thief (Vor) Russia (1997) Dir. Pavel Chukhray Is love so blind that people really can’t see the sort of person somebody is even if it is apparent to everybody else? Looks and confidence - and in this instance a smart army uniform - can’t be everything in winning over a heart but then again, … Continue reading The Thief (Vor)