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Through a Glass Darkly

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The Life of Oharu (1952)

The life of Oharu is not a good one. She never seems to get a break. Even if it looks like she's about to get some good news, it's evident that the other shoe is about to drop. What's more, Oharu (Kinuyo Tanaka) never did anything to anyone to deserve this kind of life (if you can call it "life"). She merely exists. read more...
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    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please

The Life of Oharu (1952)

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  • With: Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshiro Mifune, Masao Shimizu, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichiro Sugai, Toshiaki Konoe, Hisako Yamane, Daisuke Kato, Yuriko Hamada, Komako Hara, Kikue Mouri, Haruyo Ichikawa, Kyoko Kusajima, Eitarô Shindô, Sadako Sawamura, Akira Ooizumi, Eijiro Yanagi, Jukichi Uno
  • Written by: Yoshikata Yoda, based on a novel by Saikaku Ihara
  • Directed by: Kenji Mizoguchi
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 136 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/19/1954
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Embrace of the Serpent (2016)

One of the 2015 nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, Ciro Guerre's Embrace of the Serpent — from Colombia — never stood a chance of winning, but it's a beautiful, stirring, and thoughtful film, well worth seeing. It's set during two time periods, both of which feature the character Karamakate, a shaman in the Amazon jungle, the last of his people. In 1909, young Karamakate (Nilbio Torres) reluctantly agrees to help a sick white man, German explorer Theo (Jan Bijvoet) and his faithful guide Manduca (Miguel Dionisio Ramos), find a special flower that could heal him. Years later, an elderly, and forgetful Karamakate (Antonio Bolivar) meets another white man, an English botanist, Evans (Brionne Davis), who is also in search of the plant. Shot in black-and-white, the mesmerizing movie could easily have fallen into peaching or relied on liberal guilt, but instead it builds a complex character out of Karamakate, who is wise and righteous as well as outraged and untrusting. It's a respectful, poetic movie, and highly recommended. read more...
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Embrace of the Serpent (2016)

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  • With: Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolívar, Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Luigi Sciamanna, Yauenkü Migue, Nicolás Cancino
  • Written by: Jacques Toulemonde Vidal, Ciro Guerra
  • Directed by: Ciro Guerra
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 125 minutes
  • Release Date: 03/10/2016
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The Circle (2000)

Just a few weeks ago, the Shooting Gallery film series released Marziyeh Meshkini's and Mohsen Makhmalbaf's The Day I Became a Woman. I was afraid then that no one would see that beautiful and vibrant film because it seemed to be about "battered Iranian women," though it was really about their breathtaking attempts to escape domination. Now comes Jafar Panahi's The Circle, a far more heavyweight, but equally brilliant film about women whose escape seems unlikely. read more...
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The Circle (2000)

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  • With: Maryiam Palvin Almani, Nargess Mamizadeh, Fareshteh Sadr Orfani, Monir Arab, Elham Saboktakin, Fatemeh Naghavi, Mojgan Faramarzi
  • Written by: Kambuzia Partovi
  • Directed by: Jafar Panahi
  • MPAA Rating: Unrated
  • Language: Farsi with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/05/2000
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Barbara (2013)

Christian Petzold's Barbara manages to depict horror and heroism in the East Germany of the early 1980s, without resorting to hysterics or preaching. This is a remarkably subtle movie, spending most of its energy zeroing in on the clenched face of its heroine, looking for cracks. read more...
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    Barbara (2013)

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    • With: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Chrstina Hecke, Claudia Geisler, Peter Weiss, Carolin Haupt
    • Written by: Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki
    • Directed by: Christian Petzold
    • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual material, thematic elements and smoking
    • Language: German, with English subtitles
    • Running Time: 105 minutes
    • Release Date: 02/10/2012
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    Ida (2014)

    I first learned of Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski in 2001 when I saw his Last Resort as part of the Shooting Gallery series. I missed his next movie, My Summer of Love, released three years later. Eight years later, I caught his next one, The Woman in the Fifth, on DVD. And now here is Ida. From what we can tell, Pawlikowski makes movies that are less than 90 minutes, when possible, and yet they unfold slowly, building atmosphere. He's an interesting director, but based on what I hd seen, I never would have expected anything as great as Ida on the horizon. From its first few frames, it's clear that this is an incredible movie, truly mesmerizing. I think it's a near-masterpiece, at least. read more...
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    Ida (2014)

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    • With: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Joanna Kulig
    • Written by: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
    • Directed by: Pawel Pawlikowski
    • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking
    • Language: Polish, with English subtitles
    • Running Time: 83 minutes
    • Release Date: 05/01/2014
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