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Every time you think you know what will happen next, Park Chan-Wook proves you wrong and it's incredible. Also a rare example of a psychological lesbian thriller with a happy ending!
Really interesting to watch this film before American Honey. Arnold provides an unflinching look at class divides, without trying to ascribe a moral narrative; each shot is treated with the same thoughtful and meticulous care.
Watching this feels like you are being pulled straight into a ghost story, but the unrelenting dread is all worth it when you reach the exhilaration of the ending.
Bright Star adds a level of tenderness and detail often absent from period pieces. Even if the romance does not initially draw you in, the visual storytelling will. I probably think about the scene with Fanny lying in her bedroom surrounded by live butterflies once a week.
French movie from 2013: Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Abdellatif Kechiche
2013 France, Belgium, Spain
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For better or for worse, this film has an established place in the queer film canon. For many, it was the first exposure to a lesbian relationship portrayed on screen. But, moving forward, it is important that we as viewers grasp the distinction between representation and fetishization. The treatment the lead actresses endured on set, especially during sex scenes is entirely unacceptable and we must express that in what kind of art we choose to consume. Anyone curious about this should read about the staging of sex scenes in Park Chan-Wook's, The Handmaiden, and the care and respect the actresses were given.
I love the way fantasy is approached from a more artistic lens in this film, especially when the fairytale conflict combines with the political turmoil. Truly feels like entering a Surrealist dreamscape or a myth someone would put on a stained glassed window.
One of the most realistic and magical depictions of sisterhood I've seen in film. The tension between the adolescent awakening of the sisters and their family's forceful containment of it is impossible to look away from.