Movie Diary 12/10/2013

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Felix van Groeningen, 2013). Belgians playing bluegrass music, a sick child, a crisis of faith in a higher power – this is a very odd collection of elements. But an honorable effort, for sure.

Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas, 2013). Reygadas’ Japon, Battle in Heaven, and Silent Light are enough to make his latest film a thing worth seeing. That noted, this is one steep uphill climb, an assemblage of childhood associations and dreams interwoven with the story of a family moving to the Mexican countryside. The opening sequence – a child wandering through a valley of cattle and dogs – is spectacular, and a follow-up scene of a glowing red demon entering a family home with a toolbox in hand promises great things. Still, this is a tough one.

Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2013). I can see why so many people disliked this, but at least Refn is really making a movie here, and most of it is taut as a bowstring. Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas are definitely in tune with the director’s terse, visually baroque vibe.

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