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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life


    My first film out of the Films From Africa - challenge was a beautiful one and it did a strange thing: it totally changed its style.

    Beginning as a documentarian account of the everyday life of some townsfolk, a narrative streak develops, wherein a man, the protagonist of this 18 minutes short film from Somalia, walks through forests, villages and plains to reach a spot with a sacred tree. As he starts cutting it down, he's killing life itself and…

  • Offside



    What a great film!

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  • Pickpocket



    Excellent, gritty and realistic account of a petty criminal left behind by his old pals that can adapt to new aggregational develeopments of contemporary chinese society. A bit too long, maybe, and losing its track in the last half hour, but that's just minor criticism in an overall superb film. Cinematography by genius Yu Lik-wai.

  • Love Exposure

    Love Exposure


    Yes, this is maybe as good as it gets. Its biggest achievements surely are that this is not an empty popculture ballet without significant meaning orbiting around itself in a delirious hedonist fashion but bears, on the one hand, a lot of reference to actual ongoing developments (speak: anxieties) of society (The Zero Church as a religious cult, cf. A Guru is born (Takeshi Kitano), or 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami)) and youth culture (panties-hentais versus punky chicks adoring pure love (cf.…