Movie Diary 5/16/2017

After the Storm (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2016). Another gentle study from the director of one of my faves of last year, Our Little Sister. This one is not at that level, and it features a rather maddening protagonist (played by the lanky Hiroshi Abe), but it has some sweet and bittersweet moments. (screens at SIFF, with Kore-eda in town this weekend)

Endless Poetry (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 2016). One of the surprises of recent years was the cult-maker of El Topo returning as an octogenarian film memoirist and delivering The Dance of Reality (2013), a somewhat normal (if still wild and crazy) movie. This one picks up where that one left off, literally, and is another spirited, humorous look at Jodorowsky’s art-life as a young man. It’s insufferable at times, and the sensibility is pure Sixties, but it’s somehow hard to resist, too. (screens at SIFF)

Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang-soo, 2016). Another of Hong’s relationship-movie-as-guessing-games, very small in size but with the sense of being about something. A man scolds his girlfriend for her drinking, at which point she either begins masquerading as someone else or is mirrored by a heretofore unmentioned twin sister. (screens at SIFF)

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