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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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A review: “Heli” [2013 Mexico]

Amat Escalante is no stranger to controversy. One of the bad boys of the Mexican New Wave, his films, alongside that of close friend Carlos Reygadas (who incidentally is also often his producer), provoke and shock audiences through searing … Continue reading

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Playing with film and light – “Post Tenebras Lux” [2012 Mexico]

Carlos Reygadas (of Batalla en el cielo and Stellet Licht fame) is no stranger to pushing the envelope and has as many ardent admirers as hardened cynics. But there is no denying the fact that he is one of … Continue reading

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Claudia Goytia in “Rojo Orgásmico” [2012 Mexico]

“Rojo Orgásmico” is the first film by Christian González that I’ve come across, even if he appears to have been making films for ever. Perhaps because, as in this case, his films tends to aim at a niche local … Continue reading

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