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  • Malila: The Farewell Flower

    Malila: The Farewell Flower

    Love, loss, and the terrifying dread of our own helplessness in the face of death framed by nature so alive we almost hear the trees speak. I've rarely seen nature used so skillfully, like every leaf and branch is a deliberate stroke in a carefully planned painting.
    The beautiful melancholy of the first half of the film, gentle and hopeful love hanging on a thread, contrasts perfectly with the second half that plunges us deep into the groves, inescapable forest,…

  • The Cherry Orchard

    The Cherry Orchard

    An absolute hidden gem. The story is so simple, but its pure, innocent beauty captivated me. Youth, in its best moments when happiness and bitter sadness blend into what we'll later look back on as precious memories.
    The actresses are incredible too, genuine and natural like they aren't acting but actually reliving their high school days.

    And the love story! It was executed so perfectly. I've never seen a japanese film portray a lesbian relationship in such a sweet way, especially for the early 90s.

    Beautiful, nostalgic slice of life film painted with cherry blossoms and the easy worries of adolescence.

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  • Hold Me Back

    Hold Me Back

    I've always thought I was better on my own. I can be myself with me, I can think whatever I want, I can stop worrying about all the little things like my appearance, my laugh, the volume of my voice. I can do what I want without wondering if the other person's enjoying my company, if they like the film or show I suggested, or if I said something stupid. I don't have to fill any silence like the whole…

  • Spiral

    Spiral

    Ito Junji understands probably more than anyone what scares us to the deepest of our soul. I remember reading Uzumaki for the first time and freezing in terror at the horrifying images, but also feeling the dread and despair in front of something so inexplicable. Why are spirals scary? Because they're mundane, everywhere no matter who or where you are. So why is Uzumaki scary? Because it takes that mundane thing and transforms it into a lovecraftian force that affects…