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Movie: Girimunho (Helvécio Marins Jr. and Clarissa Campolina, BR/DE/ES, 2011, 90 min.) imdb link

Date: Feb 1, 2012

Rating: ★★★☆☆
(festival fatigue, nodding off during 1st half o/t film. Beautiful visuals, lovely story)

Plot: Bastu (81) has just lost her husband; the grandchildren and her girlfriend Maria help her to pick up the thread again.


Cast: Nothing special


Visuals: Very lazy, sometimes dreamy visuals.


Conclusion: Have to admit, I was kinda tired when I saw the movie, so I missed a bit. Looking back a month later: can’t remember a fucking thing (C.R.A.F.T.)

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Movie: Sudoeste (Eduardo Nunes, Brazil, 2012, 128 min.) imdb link

Date: Jan 31, 2012

Rating: ★★★½☆
(pure visual genius, story less impressive)

Plot: Clarice dies and is reborn, rides the merry-go-round and flirts like mad – all on a single day. Around her, life goes on in its familiar, quotidian tempo.


Cast: Nothing special, very nicely chosen cast.


Visuals: Ohwow.. Ohwow.. This movie is so absolutely beautifully filmed. Incredible work with Black and White.


Conclusion: A technically magnificent work of film making. Too bad the story’s just a bit too confusing for me. It’s that kind of movie of which I know for sure I’ll be having scenes of it flashing before my eyes the next coupla decades.

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Movie: L (Babis Makridis, Greece, 2011, 87 min.) imdb link

Date: Jan 31, 2012

Rating: ★★★☆☆
(closing off my Greek absurdism studies.)

Plot: A man lives and works in his car. He meticulously, dutifully works as its driver until, one day, a New Driver is employed.


Cast: Excellent cast, really adding to the weirdness of it all.


Visuals: Nothing special, the scenes with the narcoleptic guy in the garden reminded me of Tati a little bit.


Conclusion: Everybody should see this movie and learn the song at the end of the film. This is very important. Please do.
Bears and honey are important too.
Lovely movie, just a bit too weird for my taste, but still love the whole thing.

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Movie: Alps (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece, 2011, 93 min.) imdb link

Date: Jan 31, 2012

Rating: ★★★★½
(FUCKINGLY FUNNY AND WEIRD)

Plot: If you’re in need of a temporary replacement of your recently deceased love one, the people of Alps can help you. But who’s really the client?


Cast: All-round impressive cast, especially the female leads were impressive.


Visuals: Tight, nothing extravagant. The weirdness of the plot and characters don’t need any support from the visuals.


Conclusion: Highly entertaining, a very interesting and original story idea, very well executed. It kept me wondering, confused and laughing.
Greek cinema leads the way in interesting and fresh cinema.

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