PICK Honey – A drama directed by Semih Kaplanoglu and starring Bora Altas, Erdal Besikcioglu, and Alev Ucarer which tells the tale of Yusef, a young boy with a stutter who lives with his parents in a remote mountain area. Yusef and his father share a very close bond, and Yusef greatly admires his father’s masterful beekeeping skills. So, when Yusef’s father must embark on a treacherous mission to save his family’s livelihood, young Yusef is torn apart with worry, and as a result, he sets out on a quest to find his father and bring him back home.
There is very little dialogue in Honey, and it has no score other than the beat of domestic habits and the pulse of nature’s majesty. This is by no means a detraction to the film, however, as the pace and rhythm flow beautifully, resulting in a story that is magically serene and imbued with tenderness and soul.
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Filed under Drama, Turkey
PICK Black Swan – A psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis which delves deep into the psyche of a tortured New York City ballerina who believes herself to be caught in a game of cat and mouse with a rival dancer. Black Swan is, at times, painful to watch, but the exhilarating passion and melodrama duly compensates for its flaws.
“A stylish, inventive thriller that cements Aronofsky’s place as one of our great modern filmmakers. Natalie Portman delivers a staggeringly accomplished performance.” ~Wesley Lovell
Full Review – Oscar Guy
PICK White Material – A French drama directed by Claire Denis and starring Isabelle Huppert which tells the arresting tale of a daring woman who is trying to run her family’s coffee plantation in an African country that is being ravaged by violent civil strife. White Material is a powerful and engrossing film with a stunning performance from one of France’s most respected actresses.
“A striking film filled with images that sometimes reveal their full meaning only when their beauty curdles in the chain of signification.” ~Manohla Dargis
The New York Times – full review
Filed under Drama, France
PICK Tiny Furniture – A comedy starring and directed by Lena Dunham which explores themes of post-college confusion and romantic humiliation from the point of view of 22-year-old Aura, who is struggling to discover her way in life. Tiny Furniture delivers an honest portrayal of the idiosyncrasies of a generation from an up-and-coming director worth keeping an eye on.
“By playing a version of herself (and asking her family to go along for the ride), and by closing the distance between art and life, she has gotten at something real.” ~Manohla Dargis
The New York Times – full review
PICK Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench – A drama directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Jason Palmer and Desiree Garcia, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench plays like a documentary-musical hybrid and recounts the dreamy tale of two former lovers, a jazz trumpeter and a reserved woman, who undergo a string of hit and miss romances until they eventually find their way back into each other’s lives.
“The movie is at once fresh and retro, a casual three-mumblechord affair glamorized by its exuberant nostalgia for pop bop of the late ’50s and the then-new wave excitement of Shadows and Breathless.” ~J. Hoberman
Village Voice – full review