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  • Hill of Freedom
  • Daisy Kenyon
  • Floating Clouds
  • Please Don't Eat the Daisies

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  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    ★★★½

  • The Bellboy

    ★★½

  • Lady Bird

    ★★½

  • The 3 Penny Opera

    ★★★★

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  • The Hussy

    The Hussy

    ★★★★

    Bizarre in the best ways possible. Neither a sex comedy nor a comedy of manners. The central situation, an older boy kidnapping an inexplicably cooperative pre-pubescent girl for purely innocent reasons, allows for an interesting study in morals and societal expectations. The comedy is almost surreal. Kindness ends up seeming almost perverted. As per usual, Doillon pushes the situation to its limit: François ties Mado's hands, covers her up, locks her down, lies to her, and invites her to share…

  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★★

    Came around on second viewing. I suppose initially the distance of the mise-en-scene set me off on a strange resistance to the film but now it seems clear to me that Kiyoshi Kurosawa is far from cynical. His interest here appears to be in exploring the characters' failure to come to grips with the mundanity of evil. He understands that nothing is more terrifying than grounding trauma in domesticity. The cut from detective Takabe's silent breakdown to the abrasive sound…

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  • The Unknown Girl

    The Unknown Girl

    ★★★★½

    "A good doctor has to control his emotions."

    Surprised by how well this holds up on a rewatch. A fictional character is driven by a lingering tragedy to slowly slip out of her narrative function and become a fully fleshed human being. The result is one of the most poignant portrayals of trauma. Naturally, the initial traumatic event only leads other deeply rooted traumas to resurface, from child abuse to the systematic exploitation of the poor. Despite the violent intrusion…