Far superior? Maybe a matter of taste, but what if L'eclisse was the lesser known?
One of the most visually pleasing films I've seen from the last few years. The closeups of the faces of Lee kang-sheng and Laetita Casta provide an interesting point-counterpoint of Eastern male and Western female beauty.
Not even Bae Du-na's considerable charms and near-perfect derrière can save this film from wallowing in mediocrity. Koreeda has officially jumped the shark!
This was released in 1962, the same year as Antonioni's L'eclisse, and deals with similar themes of youthful nihilism and ennui in the face of an uncertain modern world. But this is far superior to the better known Antonioni film.
Well, let me qualify that. In my opinion, it's the far superior film. And no, the relative fame of a film doesn't make it either greater or lesser in my mind. I'm just pointing out that this great film, which deals with similar themes as L'eclisse, happens to be largely unknown and that that's a shame.
Wow, this is very very good. And it's free! Go watch it, everyone!
Defiant souls trapped in impoverished bodies sleepwalk through life in a thick drab green haze of crack smoke.
Coal Black is infinitely hotter than Snow White, yes she is.
Pretty much the worst fucking music ever in a film, ughhhhhhhhh
It was about time they added this! After two attempts over 4 months! Thank you! :D
Homer just shit on himself in his grave.
The best Iranian film I've seen so far from this millennium!
Oh hell's yeah, more Kim Ki-young madness/genius!
Oh where oh where can I see this...? :(
Je ne parlerai pas, je ne penserai rien : Mais l'amour infini me montera dans l'âme, Et j'irai loin, bien loin, comme un bohémien, Par la nature, heureux comme avec une femme. Arthur Rimbaud
One of the best American films of the last 20 years, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
The custodian has seen his share of naughty bits, but this is like the most erotic thing ever, dayam.
Nina Menkes has got to be the best American filmmaker no one talks about!!
Thanks for adding another classic from sub-Saharan Africa!
The best feature length Iranian film I've seen and rivals The House Is Black as the best piece of Iranian cinema I've seen.
Someone gave this two stars...? What in the frigging... o_O
234 minutes breezed by. Tremendous.
I''d never heard of this film, but I really want to see this. Many, if not most, South Koreans over the age of 60 or so actually believe that there are no gay people in Korea, hahaha. Oh, the ignorance... They think it's some kind of a social depravity practiced by those profligate white people. A film about two elderly men who were once a couple...now this is interesting!
One extra star for Meg Ryan's boobs.
Yup, I second Neh's sentiment. This is the kind of shit MUBI needs to hook up if it's out to make some dough.
hey, thank you for making a brilliant fillm. It's a harrowing but perfect statement on the state of humanity.
Several intertitles divide this most disturbing short film. The very first one states, “This film is based on a true story.” Open-minded viewers who manage to sit through the film--which poses a challenge because the film confronts us with incontrovertible evidence of our increasingly tenuous hold on our humanity-- will indeed walk away with a glimpse of the ultimate “true story.” But this truth is not a denotative truth. It is what the maverick German director Werner Herzog has referred to as the “ecstatic truth.” Herzog himself has described it as thus: “There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.” Very few contemporary films strive to reach this stratum of the ecstatic truth, and even fewer make it there. But this challenging fare from the Parisian duo Alex and Niko lives up to this daunting task by presenting us with a faux docudrama that details in most gruesome minutia one lonely prostitute’s socio-psychological experiment of monumental significance. Ethical standards preclude scientists from conducting such experiments. But forward-thinking cinematic guerillas like Alex and Niko instead resort to the already mentioned “fabrication and imagination and stylization” to carry out the experiment in the world of celluloid and show us the shocking but inevitable result. Monika is a prostitute who collects semen from her countless johns. The film presents these johns as literally anonymous and faceless, placing a physical black bar over their faces. And then she inseminates herself with the collective semen from the countless men of all types. She eventually gives birth to a child who symbolizes the proverbial and literal “child of the world.” Her biological ancestry cannot be traced, but we know who her sociological father is. That father is all of the male gender. This film hails from the depths of the collective unconscious in which epiphany, imagination, and transgression cohabitate. It is also where psychosis and ordered behavior commingle. Alex and Niko serenade us with this threnody, a grim reminder of how we are literally killing ourselves. The final scene--one of a literal birth as well as a symbolic death--will remind some viewers of David Cronenberg’s films. And they might just walk away with mouths agape, whispering to themselves, “Long live the new flesh.”
Pretty much as perfect as a short film gets imho...
Should I be offended that white society decided to equate mental defect with my ethnic origin? Should I be offended that a bunch of white nerds sang a song about it and became millionaires? Nah, they're caucasoid, they can't help that shit. :D What do you call an Asian person with Downs syndrome? Mongo Mongo?
The point isn't whether Michael Moore knows his stuff or not. The point is that it's bad filmmaking. I happen to agree with Moore's political stance, but that doesn't preclude me from seeing that this is mediocre filmmaking.
Frederick Wiseman needs to smack some sense into Michael Moore. Another film with a valid message that gets undermined by Moore's manipulative pontificating.
Note to self: My native country's film industry joins that of my adopted country in making shit-horrific CGI disaster movies, and the result is just as craptacular. Someone pass me a noose.