The White Ribbon, Mikio Naruse and More: My Films of the Week #22

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!)

 

Every-Night Dreams
dir. Mikio Naruse
1933, Japan

Silent drama set in Depression Era Japan about a young single mother struggling to provide for her son. Naruse’s focus on the atmosphere is admirable but this is not much more exciting than the typical melodrama and morality play of the time.

 

The White Ribbon
dir. Michael Haneke
2009, Austria/France/Canada/Germany/Italy

One of Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke’s most famous and acclaimed films. Rightly so. This choral film about life in a rural village on just before the outburst of World War I is a sophisticated, subtle, mysterious affair that lingers long in the memory. Bonus points for delightful black and white photography. It radiates confidence and distance, while also enriching the compelling groove of the film.

 

As I Want
dir. Samaher Alqadi
2021, Egypt/France/Norway/Palestine/Germany

2021 Berlinale embargo.

 

Je Suis Karl
dir. Christian Schwochow
2021, Czech Republic/Germany

2021 Berlinale embargo.

 

District Terminal
dir. Ehsan Mirhosseini and Bardia Yadegari
2021, Iran/Germany

2021 Berlinale embargo.

 

All Eyes Off Me
dir. Hadas ben Aroya
2021, Israel

2021 Berlinale embargo

 

Greyhound
dir. Aaron Schneider
2020, USA

Another film that proves Sully is the most representative of the works of his recent years. Here, he plays a Navy WWII commander whose convoy is chased by a menacing U-boat. Even fans of the genre will find this particularly bland.

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