Emilia has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2020.

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★½

    Terrence Malick's Song to Song tells a modern love story entangling at least five people. These five spots are occupied by an incredible cast: Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Cate Blanchett. On top of that, there's a myriad of musicians appearing in the film. There's love and deception, and then love and regret.

    The storytelling is very fragmented, and you sort of drift from one emotion and scene to another. More than a coherent story, there's…

  • Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    ★★½

    Bathsheba Everdene, an orphaned heiress, gets courted by 3 very different suitors.

    A very acceptable romantic drama. Carey Mulligan does a fine job as the lead but it's Juno Temple's delicate portrayal of a side character called Fanny that melted my heart.

    I have a soft spot for period piece movies. Pet peeve. ("Kiss her already!" "Oh god I would love to wear dresses like that!" "Why aren't there 3 cute men following ME around?") They are way better than soap operas or reality shows. But in all honesty, I'll forget about them as soon as the credits roll.

  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    A Bonnie & Clyde type of story set in Texas.

    At a first look this films has everything going for it. A cooler that cool lead couple (Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara) and maybe one of the most poetic and beautiful names that there ever was.

    Rooney Mara is as great as she ever is. I normally also like Casey Affleck's work but this one left me a little cold.

    This is again one of those films that half-way through I understand that damn, I have already seen it before. The ending scene is really powerful, but nothing before that really leaves an impression.

  • Polisse

    Polisse

    ★★½

    This film is a film critics' favourite and Cannes jury prize winner from 2011. It shows glimpses of the personal lives and work situations that police officers of the Child Protection Unit in Paris face.

    I wanted to like the movie more than I did. It showed in a nearly documentary-fashion how the atrocities done to children become mundane work but still never stop chocking on so many levels. And how the work inevitably follows you back home. The dialogue…