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.
With his lush and sensual visuals, pitch-perfect soundtracks, and soulful romanticism, Wong Kar Wai has established himself as one of the defining auteurs of contemporary cinema.
Four charming comedies from Eric Rohmer.
Melvin Van Peebles’s edgy, angsty, romantic first feature could never have been made in America. Unable to break into a segregated Hollywood, Van Peebles decamped to France, taught himself the language, and wrote a number of books in French, one of which, La permission, would become his stylistically innovative feature debut.
Melvin Van Peebles
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A triumph at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, the revelatory debut feature from codirectors (and twin brothers) Arie and Chuko Esiri is a heartrending and hopeful portrait of everyday human endurance in Lagos, Nigeria.