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Review: I WAS AT HOME, BUT..., The Best Kind of Cinema

Director Angela Schanelec's take on the effects of grief might be less inscrutable than her previous film, 'The Dreamed Path,' but that doesn't make it any less challenging.

Interview: Angela Schanelec on I WAS AT HOME, BUT...

It's never about interpretation, it's never about meaning, it's never about where we are going. Maren doesn't ask these because films are not about where we are going. (laughs) It's about a scene. Then another scene.

Now Streaming: FOUR HANDS, Exacting Vengeance Swirls Out of Control

Frida-Lovisa Hamann and Friederike Becht star in writer/director Oliver Kienle's tricky psychological thriller.

Now Streaming: LUZ, Fractured Narrative, Disturbingly Precise

Tilman Singer's tale possesses Shudder.

Review: Terrence Malick's A HIDDEN LIFE Beguiles and Begets

Drawn from real-life, Terrence Malick directs a gorgeous film in his own inimitable style.

Review: LITTLE JOE, Plants Are Smarter Than They Look

If I Lost My Body presents happiness as a hard-won emotion and the search for wholeness as a potentially lifelong struggle then, by comparison, Jessica Hausner’s Palme d’Or contender [at the Cannes Film Festival] Little Joe questions how far we might...

Creepy LITTLE JOE Trailer Promises Pollen Relief Via Thriller

Personally, I hate pollen. This is because I have been suffering from the effects of a pollen allergy for nearly two months, this year alone, and I have been plagued by this allergy for years. Yet now there is a...

SYNONYMS Interview: Nadav Lapid on Israeli Identity, Art of Persuasion, and Actor Tom Mercier

Synonyms, Nadav Lapid's semi-autobiographical film about a young Israeli man struggling with his country's identity, won him many accolades this year, including the Golden Bear at the Berlinale. The film is greatly aided by its fearless star Tom Mercier. I...

New York 2019 Review: Grief and Human Folly in Angela Schanelec's I WAS AT HOME, BUT...

A puzzle piece that is never solvable, we instead concentrate on gestures and details inside the frame, in compensation for the lack of dialogue. It's that fragmentary images and colors that we play around our heads long after we leave the theater to make sense of it. Even more so than Godard's, Schanelec's cinema concentrates on the 'visual' part of the medium. It is the best kind of cinema I can think of.

Review: LUZ, A Stylish Experiment in Seduction and Possession

A demon or some kind of evil entity travels from a Chilean boarding school to a German Police station to ensnare the woman it desires to possess. The simplicity of this basic story kernel belies the stylish and convoluted manner...

Notes on Streaming: Repellent KIDNAPPING STELLA Removes Reason for Existence

Max von der Groeben, Jella Haase and Clemens Schick star in Thomas Sieben's repugnant, would-be thriller.

Now on Blu-ray: TRANSIT, Lost Souls in a Troubled Land

Franz Rogowski and Paula Beer star in Christian Petzold's drama, which tells of characters who are out of time.

Review: HAGAZUSSA, Hurt and Beauty in Little Deaths

Directed by Lukas Feigelfeld, the film features visceral and unforgiving terrors.

Review: TRANSIT, Beautifully-told Noir

Director Christian Petzold’s (Phoenix) unique adaptation of the same name brilliantly twists the time and place of World War II events. The decision to depict a war narrative in this way disorients the viewer as there is no exposition to...

New York 2018 Review: HAPPY AS LAZZARO, An Allegorical Tale of Haves and Have Nots

Lazzaro is someone who is desperately needed in this cynical, cruel world. Alice Rohrbacher's writing shines in bringing out humor and humanity in an whimsical yet pointy allegory full of wonders.

Review: FOUR HANDS, Two Sisters Reckon with the Murderous Spectre of the Past

Frida-Lovisa Hamann and Friederike Becht star in writer/director Oliver Kienle's tricky psychological thriller.

Notes on Streaming: Brooding BABYLON BERLIN, Gambling KAKEGURUI, Deathly HOTEL BEAU SÉJOUR

Recently, I've been sampling a few non-English series from the past year or so that are available on Netflix. Are any sufficiently intriguing to justify the time investment to binge-watch them in their entirety? Have you seen any less-heralded shows...

Christian Alvart's Latest Cautions DON'T GET OUT!

The German film industry is not generally one that particularly supports commercial genre filmmakers, a reality that makes director Christian Alvart very much an outlier. The director of Antibodies and Pandorum, Alvart very much loves to play in the world...

Notes on Streaming: Diabolical DARK, Murderous MINDHUNTER

In which two Netflix series seek to unsettle and undermine expectations. Let's talk about crime. In the 1970s, U.S. broadcast television networks were awash in weekly crime shows that wrapped up cases in less than an hour. Beginning with Hill...

Trailer Premiere for German Thriller "Luna's Revenge"

A first trailer just dropped for Khaled Kaissar's directorial debut "Luna's Revenge" which recently premiered at the Film Fest Munich. Featuring many German stars such as Bibiana Beglau, Benjamin Sadler, Branko Tomovic, Rainer Bock, Annika Blendl, Alexander Beyer, Genija Rykova...