Tag Archives: Mental Illness

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A doomed quest inspired by “Fargo”

On one cold day of 2001 November, a Japanese woman named Takako Konishi was found dead in a field outside Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Around that time, it was widely rumored that she came to Minnesota to search for that famous … Continue reading

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Nightingale (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Isolated in loneliness and madness

HBO TV film “Nightingale” begins with its troubled hero rambling alone at his home. It looks like a bad thing has just happened, and we feel uneasy as sensing the disturbing tone of his words. Still shaken by what happened, … Continue reading

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Love & Mercy (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Going down – and going up again

Brian Wilson has lived an interesting life which is sometimes too dramatic to be believed. After ascending to the top with his legendary band at young age, he tried to move forward with his new ideas, but then he slowly … Continue reading

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The Voices (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A whimsical comedy about madness and murder

Alternating between whimsical comedy and disturbing horror, “The Voices” is an uneven but amusing black comedy about one very nice guy who simply cannot himself as driven by his murderous compulsion. Even when he is well aware of how problematic … Continue reading

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Alive (2014) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4) : Alive in despair and desperation

Life is hard and difficult for the desperate hero of South Korean independent film “Alive”, a gloomy social drama about the endless struggle and frustration in the gray harsh world where people are bound to find themselves against the wall … Continue reading

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The Humbling (2014) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): A ‘romance’ before his last act

Like King Lear, the aging hero of “The Humbling” is a character to be played with age and experience. He feels getting old and tired more than ever as he faces the last act of his remaining life, and he … Continue reading

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The Homesman (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4): It was hard for men – and harder for women

 Wide, endless plains are usual sights in the Western movie, and “The Homesman” instantly drew my attention with the beauty of its vast, barren landscapes which usually have nothing but plain and sky above it. This is a severe world … Continue reading

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Frank (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Did he ever wash his face or hair?

 When I saw its trailer several months ago, I wondered whether “Frank” could work, but it turns out to be better than I expected. While its distant, enigmatic title character and other oddball characters surely draw our attention, the movie … Continue reading

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Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : Three days of an artist being suffocated

It does not look that bad to us at first, but, as following her imprisoned daily life, we slowly realize how terrible it is for her to live there for the rest of her life. Yes, she is still struggling … Continue reading

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Blue Jasmine (2013) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A Streetcar Named Delusion

Observing the unstable heroine of Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” is akin to looking into a miserable mess beyond repair. While she had already been mired in self-delusion when her world suddenly collapsed, she still remains in that pathetic state even … Continue reading

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