Emilia has written 18 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • About Endlessness

    About Endlessness

    ★★★★

    There's something very recognizable in this movie. It's recognizably Anderson.

    A strange collage of short stories woven together by a dreamy female narrator voice. All characters are offbeat and lonely, actors in their own life, and the world surrounding them resembles a dream-like state of mind in grey and mauve.

    Everything in this world stays still; the actors, the camera, the set, the time, creating an illusion of endlessness.

    No need to understand it, you can just let it flow through you.

  • Happy End

    Happy End

    ★★★★

    A high-society family in northern France is living in its bubble, unaffected by others and the world around them.

    A sad collection of sad and sometimes quite vicious characters. The bourgeoisie remains disconnected of real-life problems. What are these people lacking of? Nothing? Then why are they all so unhappy?

    Great acting and great actors that are being used to their full potential. That's what I like.

    Two main issues are being discussed: the class differences in Europe and the…

  • Elle

    Elle

    ★★★★

    A bosslady gets savagely raped in her own home and she deals with it in a very out-of-the-box way.

    You can think whatever you want about the director Verhoeven (goddam I didn't realise he's that old!) but Isabelle Huppert makes an exquisite lead performance. And what a fresh look on sexual deviances, dealing with trauma and women's place in life and business. I can't believe that the lead role was originally supposed to to be played by an American, the…

  • The Lives of Others

    The Lives of Others

    ★★★★

    A Stasi agent starts questioning his motives and the whole system listening into a life of an artist couple.

    The most impressive thing about this film is everything that's based on true events. I can't begin to grasp that many of my German friends have lived (at least a part of their childhood) during this very disturbing time in German history. Heart-wrenching.

    Some people have said that this film shows that people can't change. I don't know about that, but…

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★★★

    A dark-flavoured action comedy about Marla, a legal guardian ripping off money from her wards. One day, she stumbles upon an elderly lady who isn't quite what she expected.

    This film has received some mixed reviews but I really liked it. It was not what I expected.

    I really enjoy Rosamund Pike's take on the psycho-boss-lady type. She did it already so well in Gone girl, and here she continues on the same path. I can't take my eyes off…

  • Sonatine

    Sonatine

    ★★★★

    In this Kitano classic, a yakuza (played brilliantly by Kitano himself) with his small crew gets pulled to a feud between two rival clans in Okinawa island.

    All the Kitano trademarks are there: the director involved also in the acting, mundane violence and disposable characters, weird subtle humour, associative narration without much explanation, beautiful shots.

    In comparison to his older films, this one is distinctly more coherent even though his train of thought is still sometimes hard to follow. I…

  • Nebraska

    Nebraska

    ★★★★

    A slow-paced and beautifully shot black-and-white road movie. A semi-disoriented old man sets out get his 1M dollar prize from Nebraska. His son tries to help him and connect with him during their travel.

    The movie has many sides and important themes that it handles with the outmost respect. The ageing people and towns of the midwest, alcoholism, war and other trauma that spans over many generations, complex family dynamics, money and what it does to us, the universal desire…

  • Wiener-Dog

    Wiener-Dog

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The film composes of several short narratives that all have one thing in common, a dachshund. Many things happen to the poor thing, in the beginning it's more involved character-wise, and little by little it gets pulled towards being just an on-looker of its own life, only witnessing everything happening around itself and its nutty owners.

    An unpopular view: this might be my favourite from Todd Solondz. The humour is dark (as always) and characters sad and stupid, but the…

  • Vincent

    Vincent

    ★★★★

    A great short from Tim Burton's early days.

    I really think this is what Burton has done best all his life: quirky and a little bit scary stop-motion animation with poetic narration.

    The animation style is very "burtonesque", meaning it has been vastly influenced by old German expressionism. Makes you smile.

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★

    A man and a woman meet in Poland during cold war and fall desperately in love.

    The cinematography is near perfection. The story flows in black and white towards the tragic end. What wouldn't lovers do to be together?

    There is something very slavic about the film. Both in good and "bad". Good for me is that actions and facial expression talk for themselves and we are not drowned in sappy emotionality in the typical sense. However, the film is…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★

    A painter tries to capture the essence of a young woman set to be married with someone she doesn't even know. Forbidden love ensues.

    It's hard to write about this movie. The feeling and the intensity are there throughout the movie, without a doubt. And so is the stellar acting. I had seen and liked one of the two lead actresses Adèle Haenel in "Deerskin" but here she's even way better than I expected. Also the whole imagery and landscapes…

  • Frantz

    Frantz

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Frantz is a film about a German woman Anna who is grieving the loss of her fiancé Frantz in World War I. A Frenchman Andrien comes to visit Frantz's grave and narratives and emotions get tangled.

    It was a difficult and bitter time in history between the French and the Germans. The whole undertone of the movie is sad, and the fact that most of it is shot in black and white only underlines the austerity further. The only colourful…