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  • Queen of Hearts

    Queen of Hearts

    ★★★★

    Simone de Beauvoir writes that "in the very rare cases where it is she who holds the economic and social privileges, the mystery is reversed: this proves that it is not linked to this sex rather than to the other, but to a situation."

    What a brilliant and complex exploration of exactly this Queen of Hearts is.

    Dyrholm gives the performance of a lifetime and May el-Toukhy is surely one to watch. I have a feeling it will be even better on a second viewing.

  • From the Other Side

    From the Other Side

    ★★★★

    "I'd like to build a house and have enough for everyone to eat."

    Through pointing the camera at fences and reframing their purpose, Akerman exposes US immigration policies and the system that upholds them. This documentary is of course as timely now as it was when it was released, and not only in the US; Europe is taking less and less responsibility for the current crisis and the different political parties are fighting over who can have the toughest stance…

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  • Revenge

    Revenge

    ★★

    The title is misleading. This is not revenge, and the film is not subversive. It's for the most part a straight genre film using rape as a backdrop.

    Spoilers ahead:

    There is no satisfaction to be had, because there is no actual revenge. Jen is raped and left for dead, but she doesn't come back for a "manhunt" which the misleading plot summary says. It's more of a fight to the death, where the men who already raped and tried…

  • The Untamed

    The Untamed

    ★★★½

    What inspired this film was a news article about a man who drowned, and the headline read "faggot drowned". Amat Escalante was so appalled by the lack of humanity that he decided to make a film exploring themes of sex, homosexuality, violence and gender roles. And it the middle of it all, simply lacking any humanity at all: an alien which both gives humans pleasure and destroys them. When facing the cruelty and violence in Mexico, creating a supernatural being might seem less far fetched than reality.