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A brief review: “Bonitinha Mas Ordinária” [2013 Brazil]

Moacyr Góes tries to update Nelson Rodrigues’ torrid play “Bonitinha Mas Ordinária” [Eng. Title: Pretty, but Ordinary] for the twenty first century, but one couldn’t help wondering whether it was a futile exercise…
It’s a tragic story of seventeen year … Continue reading

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When can consensual sex become rape: “La condanna” [1991 Italy]

Marco Bellocchio throws the cat among the pigeons in his courtroom drama “La condanna” [Eng. Title: The Conviction] by pitting the legal interpretation of consensual sex against the dynamics of sexual politics.
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Cinema-magic through simplicity – “Kozijat rog” [1972 Bulgaria]

I’ll start my Bulgarian focus with Metodi Andonov’s mesmerising “Kozijat rog” [Eng. Title: The Goat Horn], a timeless drama of tragedy and revenge told in the classical cinematic language of master filmmakers the world over. It is a pure … Continue reading

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Monica Bellucci in Gaspar Noé’s “Irréversible” [2002 France]

Sometimes I feel watching Gaspar Noé films is akin to paying someone to get yourself slapped. That is certainly the case with the shocking drama “Irréversible” [Eng. Title: Irreversible]. To describe the film as provocative would indeed be an … Continue reading

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Theresa Russell & co in “Bad Timing” [1980 UK]

The 1980 film, “Bad Timing” is arguably the last masterpiece by the great Nicolas Roeg. He has of course made some fine films later, but none of them reach the heights set here, be it the characterisation, direction, or … Continue reading

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