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Réalisé par Mia Hansen-Løve
France, Allemagne, 2018


The film follows a 30-year-old man named Gabriel, a French war reporter who was taken hostage in Syria and that later heads to India, after months in captivity.

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Maya Réalisé par Mia Hansen-Løve
Where does this leave the titular Maya? Her story is slight, her agency constantly cast in shadow until Gabriel’s need to re-establish himself as a man of the world finally annihilates her very existence.
December 20, 2018
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The slack, somewhat eventless, aimless quality of most of the film is what is required for a person with such a job, or has gone through something so horrible, to re-charge, to come to himself. The problem is, that person hardly seems one of note; and without his scarring backstory, it might even be easy to dislike someone like this and the casual, vaguely exploitative tourism upon which they rely.
September 14, 2018
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Even when the expected romance does blossom late in the film, various narrative details (Maya’s wealthy family background, her own studies abroad) minimize the potential power games and cultural imbalance that the basic set-up might suggest, and thus place Maya not alongside, but in opposition to something like Jacques Doillon’s Raja (2003).
September 13, 2018
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