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Claire Denis’s unique genre of uncomfortable horror

Claire Denis masterfully uses discomfort and disturbance to create tension in all her movies, producing her own brand of horror.

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A window to another culture: Davaa’s The Cave of the Yellow Dog weaves Mongolian culture into story

With a sparse plot, Davaa’s allows the audience to hone in on the details of a nomadic family’s everyday life in the Mongolian steppes. Through their story, we also learn about Mongolian culture, folklore, religion, as well as the way in which the modern world encroaches upon these elements of nomadic life. Furthermore, through a film such as this, we can learn implicitly; Davaa does not merely tell us about the Mongolian lifestyle, but invites us into the family’s actions while weaving their culture into their speech and thinking. 

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Sofia Coppola’s films highlight different types of isolation

When looking at Sofia Coppola’s filmography during quarantine, it’s evident how the theme of isolation and its effects on young women is prevalent in several of her movies.

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Esmer’s 10 to 11 evokes simultaneous feelings of anxiety and calm

Amidst newspaper stacks and overfilled bookshelves, “Mithat” (Mithat Esmer) sits alone in his easychair. He wears a face of wearied determination as if he’s just been served an ultimatum, which he has. According to the authorities, he has only a few weeks to clear out of this apartment so that the building can be demolished and rebuilt. As the weight of this news settles in, I hear only the mismatched ticking of dozens of clocks. The sense of urgency they carry insists on being felt, and I oblige.

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Kathleen Collins’s film and fiction are still delightfully fresh

Even in her fiction, Collins was thinking about the art of point of view and its role in film.

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Lotte Reiniger was a talented and inventive pioneer in animation 

The breadth of Reiniger’s work cannot be understated, as it stretches across genres and countries.

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