Emilia has written 10 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2020.

  • 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…

  • Tove

    Tove

    ★★★★

    What a great biopic about Tove Jansson, the creator of the Moomin characters.

    The film focuses on a specific era of Tove's life; she has already started to draw the Moomin characters but is still striving to become a "real" artist and painter. The film depicts beautifully the post-war artistic scene and of course the problems of being homosexual at that time.

    I was waiting for a film that would have explained more about how she came up with the…

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★

    It has been a while I've wanted too see this film.

    Lifelong vegetarian Justine starts veterinary school. There, taking part in a hazing ritual, she eats meat for the first time and a new aspects of herself start to unravel.

    I love how French horror films differ so much from the Hollywood norm. I don't know the director from before and it looks like she hasn't directed that much after this one, which is a shame. The atmosphere and the…

  • Manifesto

    Manifesto

    ★★★★

    "Manifesto" shows a multitude of characters reciting manifestos about different isms of the last century. All important roles are played by Cate Blanchett, and she's just mesmerising. Pure gold. In a stream of consciousness, we hear people from all walks of life delivering opinions about the state of the world and art as a means to change it.

    I'm not a language expert, but I felt that Blanchett did quite well with the different accents. My favourite character was the…

  • The Past

    The Past

    ★★★★

    This is a sort of a psychological and emotional sequel to the director Asghar Farhadi's previous film, A Separation. After four years of being separated from his French wife Marie, Ahmad, an Iranian man, returns to France to legalise the divorce. As the events unfold, we learn that the past is difficult to be left completely behind, especially when Marie's children, new lover, and the lover's son and comatised wife get involved.

    What starts off as a fine-tuned relationship drama,…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★★

    Harley Quinn breaks up with Joker and, after some soul searching and hard liquor, makes new friends and finds new objectives in life.

    The movie was every bit as entertaining as I hoped. There was something quite exceptional in the fighting scenes. Every female character had their own unique fighting style and the choreography was so engaging that it almost felt physical to watch.

    Still, Margot Robbie is the star and the reason why I wanted to see the film.…

  • Metropolis

    Metropolis

    ★★★★

    The mother of all sci-fi dystopia movies and, in my opinion, one of the greatest silent films ever made. A great example of German expressionism. In many ways ahead of its time.

    I had only seen the sensored version before so it was nice to see the retrieved footage, even though it didn't change the story that much.

    What a visionnaire Fritz Lang is. I can't believe that the film was made in the 20's. Visually it's so breathtaking and,…