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Films I watch, films I review – with special focus on 'World Cinema'.

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Review: Las hijas de Abril (2017)

|This article first appeared in Humans of Film Amsterdam| This story is beautiful and crazy at the same time. Las hijas de Abril | April’s Daughter sheds light on issues about the rights of a teenage mother, the concept of being... Continue Reading →

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Review: Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Call Me by Your Name has been widely acclaimed and critics are still loving it. Now – after having watched the film – I do understand why. The editing pace, camera movement and dialogues make this a beautifully tender and... Continue Reading →

Review: Wonder Wheel (2017)

To be honest, yes, I was excited by knowing that the film Wonder Wheel would come soon in cinemas. I was looking forward to this film since I’ve heard the news. However, Wonder Wheel was not a masterpiece nor a... Continue Reading →

Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

I think I have found a new director to add to my list of favourite filmmakers. Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer presents a dark dilemma surrounded by unconventional but brilliant dialogues. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a... Continue Reading →

Review: 120 BPM (120 Battements Par Minute, 2017)

During the end credits no one talked, there was no noise, and there was not even a sound. That was the impact the film had on the viewers. Everyone slowly put their coats on and left the screening room. My... Continue Reading →

Review: You Disappear (Du forsvinder, 2017)

|This article first appeared in Humans of Film Amsterdam| You Disappear started by captivating me with a shocking scene and then it moved on to confuse me and amuse me. This film brings to the table issues of mental health... Continue Reading →

Review: Manifesto (2017)

|This article first appeared in Humans of Film Amsterdam| Now that I see the runtime I realise that Manifesto is not that long. Probably it felt long because I was thinking during the whole screening, reflecting on the words spoken... Continue Reading →

Review: A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica, 2017)

A Fantastic Woman became one of my favourites of this year, if not of all-time. It is a sublime combination of great cinematography with a perfectly coherent story accompanied by the excellent music of Matthew Herbert. This film is a... Continue Reading →

Review: The King (더 킹, 2017)

Many film critics denominate it the ‘Korean Wolf of Wall Street’ or even the ‘Korean Goodfellas’ and ‘Scorsese crime saga’. And they are right, not in terms of ‘copycat’ or ‘wannabe’, as the film portrays a unique entertaining and solid story,... Continue Reading →

Review: The Bad Batch (2016)

The trailer got me excited. The Bad Batch seemed to be a great pop culture film with remarkable actors, music and plot line - that was the trailer. The Bad Batch is a science-fiction romantic action film directed by Ana... Continue Reading →

Review: The Double Lover (L’amant double, 2017)

Before watching L’amant double, I checked out the trailer. The trailer depicted L'amant double as a suspense thriller murder/detective-ish film - just a common story that didn’t interest me that much. However, because the director is François Ozon I said... Continue Reading →

Review: A Woman’s Life (Une Vie, 2016)

|This article first appeared in Humans of Film Amsterdam| A profound film about a young woman’s journey into an unideal adulthood. Her journey is a passionate heartbreak that is filled with hope and naivety. Une Vie is a timeless story... Continue Reading →

Review: The King of Pigs (돼지의 왕, 2011)

Continuing on the subject of pigs and South Korean cinema, this week I present you The King of Pigs. A dark violent animation about the sometimes cruel reality that can be found in the South Korean culture. The King of... Continue Reading →

Review: Okja (2017)

Bong Joon-ho did it again. In Cannes 2017, this Netflix production had a standing ovation after experiencing some technical difficulties. It also generated a discussion about whether or not digital distribution (thus not theatrical) could be in the film festival... Continue Reading →

Review: The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira, 2016)

What a debut! The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira, 2016) is Raúl Arévalo’s debut film, which won four Goya Awards for Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Manolo Solo). The... Continue Reading →

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