An art-house sensation that paved the way for a wave of gritty addiction dramas, Barbet Schroeder’s feature debut is a sublimely fatalistic portrait of 1960s counterculture imploding. In search of hedonistic pleasure, a serious German math student (Klaus Grünberg) hitchhikes to Paris, where he falls for an enigmatic American drifter (Mimsy Farmer). So begins an affair marked by both stormy passion and a dangerous fascination with drugs, which leads the pair to the sunbaked island of Ibiza, where their hippie idyll gradually becomes a spiral of mutual self-destruction. Set to a spaced-out prog soundtrack by Pink Floyd and shot in light-filled splendor by the great Néstor Almendros, More is a beautifully harrowing journey into bohemia’s dark side.
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.
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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