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A film review: “La pelle” [1981 Italy]

Liliana Cavani:
Veteran Italian director Liliana Cavani’s films aren’t always easy to love because they tend to tackle subjects that are often skirted around during mainstream discourse, and because they make for uncomfortable viewing and also leave behind a bitter aftertaste. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Sometimes, subtitles can be a hindrance: “Plemya” [2014, Ukraine]

Miroslav Slaboshpytskiy makes an assured feature film début with his astonishing film, “Plemya” [Eng. Title: the Tribe]. With dialogues entirely in Ukrainian sign-language (which the director himself is not fluent in) and presented without subtitles, voice-overs, or even background music, it forces … Continue reading

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Historical baggage: “Cargo 200” [2007, Russia]

The allegorical Soviet drama “Gruz 200” [Eng. Title: Cargo 200] is one of Aleksey Balabanov’s most important and uninhibited films to date. It is also lesser known than his highly acclaimed “Brother” duology for the very same reason – … Continue reading

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That stench, of a rotting world… “Baixio das Bestas” [2006 Brazil]

So exclaims Heitor to his neighbour and friend Mario, referring to falling standards of honour and respect within society. He ticks off a ‘permissive’ culture with ‘loose morals’, and castigates skimpily clad hostesses appearing on TV. He alleges that these occurrences are … Continue reading

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Challenging taboos: “Feuchtgebiete” [2013 Germany]

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David Wnendt’s brilliant comedy “Feuchtgebiete” [Eng. Title: Wetlands] is not for the squeamish – it is a frontal attack on our senses, sensibilities, and taboos bound by societal norms. Centred around a young woman coming-to-terms with a childhood trauma, … Continue reading

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