Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Kazakhstan

#876 Revenge (1989)

#876 Revenge 1989 // Kazakhstan // Ermek Shinarbayev Criterion Collection (LINK) The first Kazakh film I ever watched is Emir Baigazin’s Harmony Lessons in 2013 which I absolutely love, but thereafter regrettably I have yet encountered any more films from that region where diverse cultural heritage and ethnic origins are shared. Revenge, also known as The Red… Continue reading #876 Revenge (1989)

Criterion Collection · Drama · France · Violence

#871 Dheepan (2015)

#871 Dheepan 2015 // France // Jacques Audiard Criterion Collection (LINK) The most strikingly beautiful shot in Dheepan happens soon after the prologue: some brimming butterflies slowly revealed themselves in slo-mo with a pitch-dark background and a lyrically sacred score, gradually we realised they are some glaring headbands worn by the titular character Dheepan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan)… Continue reading #871 Dheepan (2015)

Adaptation · Drama · History · United Kingdom · United States · War

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Barry Lyndon 1975 // UK, USA // Stanley Kubrick   Barry Lyndon is a film that requires to be watched in a big screen, not the big screen in a home theater set-up but the direct projection (film or digital) in the theater with a prevailing solemn atmosphere; it’s like admiring a vintage painting, you… Continue reading Barry Lyndon (1975)

Adaptation · Drama · France · Romance

Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

Robert Bresson, The Sublime Minimalist Part 10 Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)   Four Nights of a Dreamer (French: Quatre nuits d’un rêveur) is based on the short story “White Night” written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, it’s the second Dostoyevsky’s work adapted by Robert Bresson since his preceding film A Gentle Woman (1969). The same short story… Continue reading Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)

Belgium · Criterion Collection · Drama · Food · France · Slow Cinema

#484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

#484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles  1975 // Belgium, France // Chantal Akerman Criterion Collection (LINK) The Mother and the Whore Before watching Chantal Akerman’s 1975 film Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, I had learnt two things from what I read on cinema: the film itself is one of the best… Continue reading #484 Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Turkey · Violence

#688 Dry Summer (1964)

#688 Dry Summer 1964 // Turkey // Metin Erksan Criterion Collection (LINK) My knowledge on Turkish cinema is largely based on the two worldly renowned figures, the contemporary auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the veteran master Yilmaz Güney, apparently it’s far from comprehensive in the scope of time and quantity. So I’m particularly thankful for the restoration… Continue reading #688 Dry Summer (1964)