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  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Mirror
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Sans Soleil

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  • Little Mom

    ★★★★

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

  • Natural Light

    ★★★★

  • Human Factors

    ★★★★

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  • Drishyam 2

    Drishyam 2

    ★★★★

    'The past is never dead. It's not even past.' (William Faulkner)

    In Jeethu Joseph's brilliant sequel to his hit film from 2013, which was undoubtedly one of the most accomplished Malayalam films of the 21st century, avid film fan Georgekutty is once again confronted with his dark family secret that had actually seemed to be buried. The situation he is put in appears even more hopeless than in the previous film, but the viewer has already learned not to trust…

  • Kisapmata

    Kisapmata

    ★★★★★

    Kisapmata is a dark psychological domestic thriller released shortly after the nominal termination of Martial Law in the Philippines that has lost none of its frightening power. The story is based on a piece of literary journalism entitled "The House on Zapote Street", which depicted a real event from 1961. To research the story told in six episodes, the author Nick Joaquín conducted interviews with actual eyewitnesses. In contrast to the original story, however, Mike de Leon's film, produced two…

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  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★★

    The restoration of Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece of the crime genre was followed by the closure of the Hwaseong case in September 2019, when the real culprit Lee Choon-jae was finally convicted almost thirty years after his last murder based on DNA results. Memories of Murder had also helped to keep the cases, which might have otherwise been forgotten, in collective memory. The dark and atmospheric film was one of the most significant works of the Korean New Wave at the…

  • Ugetsu

    Ugetsu

    ★★★★★

    Kenji Mizoguchi contrasts the depressing reality of late 16th century Japan, which was plagued by civil wars and territorial struggles, with a fantastic ghost story in which his protagonist, a potter named Genjūro, only finds a temporary way out. The film is loosely based on two short stories by Akinari Ueda, published as a yomihon (reading book) under the influence of Chinese and Japanese folk tales during the Edo period, and also incorporates some motifs from a story by Guy…