Tag Archives: Divorce

Marriage Story (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Scenes from a divorce

Noah Baumbach’s latest film “Marriage Story”, which is released in South Korean theaters this week and will be available on Netflix on next Friday, is a sharp and intimate story about one difficult process of divorce. When its two main … Continue reading

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The Land of Steady Habits (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): It’s still a messy life for him

“The Land of Steady Habits”, which was recently released on Netflix, is a typical suburban comedy drama about one middle-aged guy’s bumpy attempt toward a new beginning for his unhappy life. Although there have already been many similar films out … Continue reading

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Custody (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): It’s not over for them yet

Disturbing but undeniably gripping, French film “Custody” chillingly examines the problematic family relationship among its main characters. Right from its opening scene, we sense a trouble coming from the distance, and then the movie gradually dials up its level of … Continue reading

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Loveless (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Gone from a loveless world

Quite moody and chilly right from its opening scene, Russian film “Loveless” calmly observes the end of one bitter marital relationship. Here are two people who probably should not have been together from the very beginning, and the anger and … Continue reading

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What Maisie Knew (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : What she saw and heard

 Maisie is quite a little girl, considering that many children at her age cannot deal well with such a tough situation like hers. She probably does not entirely understand how her life is changing, but she remains rather calm and … Continue reading

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The Past (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : They’re not through with the past yet

 Sharply observing the troubles and dilemmas between its reserved characters we do not know entirely even in the end, Asghar Farhadi’s new film “The Past”, a quiet but compelling domestic melodrama, shows us how the present and future can be … Continue reading

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For Ellen (2012) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A burned-out rocker attempting to be a dad

Although we get little information about the current state of his career or his life, it is apparent that Joby Taylor, the sad and lonely hero of “For Ellen”, is a man stuck in the dead end. He looks blank, … Continue reading

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The Woman in the Fifth (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A writer blocked in ambiguous melancholy

 If you appreciate that subtly unsettling mood of “The Woman in the Fifth”, you may forgive the baffling conclusion of its mystery plot. I do not think I understand or discern everything in this puzzling film, but I did not … Continue reading

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Everything Must Go (2010) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A man stuck in his front lawn

“Everything Must Go” is a story with the simple premise both absurd and sad. He does not exactly hit the bottom, but his life, which has been stuck with lots of things while going nowhere, hits the spot near the … Continue reading

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I Wish (2011) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Two little brothers reaching for miracle

“I Wish” is a gentle, funny, poignant, sensitive, insightful and optimistic story about two little brothers reaching for miracle. Although I missed the chance to watch it when it was released at South Korean theaters around the end of the … Continue reading

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