Movie Diary 3/25/2013

Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu, 2012). The director of 4 Months, 3 Days and 2 Weeks contributes a drawn-out story of loves  sacred and profane, set at a rural monastery. A tough one, although Mungiu’s tread from scene to scene is frequently mesmerizing. (full review 3/29)

Fill the Void (Rama Burshtein, 2012). An Israeli film about marriage within a religious community, and the nuanced rules that attend such matches; it’s all played out in an intimate style that homes in on faces and breathing and, eventually, tears. (full review 5/?)

Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel, 2012). Not as many hooks as the filmmakers’ Sweetgrass (although with lots of literal hooks), this is an immersion in the world of a commercial fishing boat, although any such description is not a fair measure of the experience of watching this near-hallucinatory thing. (full review 3/29)

At What a Feeling!, the Eighties reviews roll out with a push from Luis Valdez’ La Bamba.

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