Yasujirō Ozu’s final film in black and white is perhaps the darkest, most psychologically complex of his masterful family portraits. Suffused with a wintry melancholy, it charts the devastating effects of household secrets on the lives of two sisters: the unhappily married Takako (the director’s muse Setsuko Hara) and the rebellious Akiko (Ineko Arima), a lost soul adrift in a world of late night bars and backroom mahjong parlors. When their estranged mother (Isuzu Yamada) unexpectedly reenters their lives, it sends shockwaves through the already fragile family. Even as it deals with a host of turbulent themes—absent parents, crumbling marriages, unplanned pregnancy—Tokyo Twilight achieves a quiet transcendence thanks to the director’s exquisite restraint and penetrating insight into the tangled relationships between parents and children.
This widely acclaimed film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a stunning, senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in present-day Belarus, teenage Flyora (Aleksei Kravchenko, in one of the screen’s most searing depictions of anguish since Renée Falconetti’s Joan of Arc) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance.
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Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La haine, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts.
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