Miracle on 34th Street, Abbas Kiarostami, David Lean and More: My Films of the Week #14

As a lifelong cinephile, I have always consumed a copious amount of films. In this new feature, I keep track of the films I watch during the week. (Also, Click here to buy my book of thoughts on film, Eye of the Beholder, on Amazon!)

 

Eye on Juliet
dir. Kim Nguyen
(2018, Canada/France/Morocco)

A long-distance surveillance officer plays guardian angel to a young woman in Morocco as he undergoes trauma in his own personal life. Walks a fine line between the romantic and the creepy. In the end, it doesn’t satisfactorily feel like anything but safe mush.

 

This Happy Breed
dir. David Lean
(1944, UK)

The chronicles of a middle-class British family in the aftermath of the First World War, over a period of a few years. One of the earliest features directed by David Lean and a fine one at that, enriching with stylistic choices an already noteworthy if a little uneven Joseph Conrad screenplay.

 

Where Is My Friend’s House?
dir. Abbas Kiarostami
(1987, Iran)

A kid from a small Iranian village desperately searches for his friend’s house to return him the notepad he mistakenly took from him and save him from expulsion from his school. Don’t let the simplicity of the premise fool you. This Kiarostami film is as spectacular and thrilling as they come. Aside from its sheer poetry and profound meaning, Where Is My Friend’s House? is also one of the most genuinely moving movies about childhood known.

 

Miracle on the 34th Street
dir. George Seaton
(1947, USA)

This Christmas classic about a Santa Claus on trial is fascinating on several levels. The younger or passive viewers will appreciate its escapist, fairytale nature and revel in its fun concept. The more sophisticated spectators should also find the distinctly postwar American depiction of Christmas and its most beloved legends surprisingly rewarding.

 

Dimensions of Dialogue
dir. Jan Švankmajer
(1983, Czechoslovakia)

A study on the nature of people’s difficulties with communicating with one another, depicted in that stunning and unique surrealist Jan Švankmajer style. The exciting animation conveys this clever and profound message and makes for an unforgettable viewing experience.

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I'm an international journalist, reporter, website editor and content creator. I actively work for JAZZIZ Magazine and FRED Film Radio, collaborate with other websites and curate my own projects, including IN ARTE MATT and CineCola. I have also curated and produced my series of films in Galway, Ireland, and photo exhibition and arts events in various European countries. I have a working class background and have and have a postgrad degree in Film Theory + a BA in Film & TV.

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