Tag Archives: Husband and Wife

Way Back Home (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): When a past returns to her

South Korean independent film “Way Back Home” is a quiet and sensitive drama which speaks volume in many wordless moments. Calmly observing how its ordinary heroine’s daily life is shaken by the return of one terrible incident in her past, … Continue reading

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The Wife of a Spy (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A dry but compelling historical drama by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest film “The Wife of a Spy”, which won the Silver Lion award at the Venice International Film Festival in last year, is a dry but compelling historical drama set in Japan during the World War II. While … Continue reading

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Another Round (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Sensible Drinking?

Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film “Another Round”, which was selected as the Danish entry for Best International Feature Film Oscar in last year, cheerfully staggers along with its four different main characters who decide to give a little boost to their … Continue reading

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Departures (2008) ☆☆☆☆(4/4): His new occupation

Japanese film “Departures”, which was re-released in South Korean theaters around the end of last year, touched me to laughs and tears more than once. When I watched it for the first time not long after it won the Best … Continue reading

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In the Mood for Love (2000) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): That sublime restraint in their romance

It is always more interesting to observe lovers desperately held in restraint and hesitation, and Wong Kar-wai’s 2000 film “In the Mood for Love”, whose recent 4K restoration version happened to be re-released in South Korea a few days ago, … Continue reading

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On the Rocks (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): It is never boring to be with her dad…

Sofia Coppola’s new film “On the Rocks”, which was released on AppleTV+ two months ago, is a lightweight comedy film often buoyed by another entertaining performance from Bill Murray, who has never been boring throughout his long, illustrious acting career. … Continue reading

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Farewell Amor (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Still separated from each other

“Farewell Amor”, which is currently available on MUBI, is a small but intimate emigrant drama about three good people struggling with the widening personal gaps among them. As the movie calmly and sensitively observes them one by one, we get … Continue reading

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The Nest (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): From one nest to another

“The Nest” unsettles us step by step in its calm but unnerving examination of a family being deteriorated under the toxic delusion of its untrustworthy patriarch. He keeps trying reaching for any big financial break, but it only becomes more … Continue reading

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Black Bear (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A sharp and vicious comedy of two interconnected tales

“Black Bear” is a sharp and vicious comedy film which actively confronts you with a matter of fiction and reality. While the first half is an increasingly tense chamber drama of desire, jealousy, and manipulation amidst three believable characters, the … Continue reading

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Let Him Go (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A western family drama

“Let Him Go” works best whenever it focuses on the strong and loving relationship of its two lead characters. Right from when they appear at the beginning of the story, we instantly come to sense the long history between them, … Continue reading

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