Berlinale Review: Jibril (2018)

The good thing about first love and teenage years is that this phase is supposed to help us better cope with what’s to come later in life. By learning how to deal with rejection, loneliness, and heartbreak, we’re supposed to build healthier relationships in the future, connections whose sole purpose isn’t simply to fill a void. But well, that’s theory. Life, as we know it, doesn’t … Continue reading Berlinale Review: Jibril (2018)

Review: The Shape of Water (2017)

Some of the first stories most of us ever heard were fairy tales. From the 17-century ones written in Neapolitan dialect by Giambattista Basile to the stories created by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, tales became quintessential to our way of telling and understanding stories, and also serve as proof of our common humanity. Although many are filled with violent themes – murder, loss, and … Continue reading Review: The Shape of Water (2017)

Review: Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Some stories keep you hooked from the minute they start. They are instantly thrilling, electric, and set a high tone that makes it impossible for us to look away. Others, however, gradually grow on us before we’re even aware of what’s happening. They may start as a fling, as a calm cool breeze that although pleasant, is also apparently harmless, only to completely take you … Continue reading Review: Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Review: The Servant (1963)

British sociologist Richard Hoggart once wrote that “class distinctions do not die; they merely learn new ways of expressing themselves.” Although stratified social classes are not exclusive to the Brits, in the United Kingdom, social class divisions are understood as an essential element of life, an intricate and elaborate structure that finds in the concepts of royalty and nobility its main symbols.  How possible is … Continue reading Review: The Servant (1963)

Review: Ninotchka (1939)

A recent study performed by a Washington, D.C. based foundation concluded that the millennial generation finds the idea of living in a socialist State – but also on a communist one – increasingly more attractive. While the study pointed out people oftentimes confuse the concepts of socialism and communism, this may also signal a growing dissatisfaction with the many inequalities derived from today’s capitalist system and … Continue reading Review: Ninotchka (1939)

Review: Viaggio in Italia {Journey to Italy} (1954)

The changing nature of the life still seems to come as a surprise to many people. And yet, what is life but a series of both natural and man-made changes? Resisting them often creates tension, sorrow, conflict. In that sense, it is only fitting that relationships also experience a constant – and unstoppable – change. They mature, wear out, transform themselves, grow into something else. … Continue reading Review: Viaggio in Italia {Journey to Italy} (1954)

Berlinale Review: At Elske Pia {Loving Pia} (2017)

Do all of us humans strive for the same things? Do we have similar needs and desires? Pia is a sixty-year-old intellectually disabled woman. She lives in rural Denmark with her mother Guittou, who cares for and tends to her. Guittou’s mortality seems all the more palpable, and the prospect of loneliness makes Pia afraid. Although she has never been romantically involved with anyone, she believes that … Continue reading Berlinale Review: At Elske Pia {Loving Pia} (2017)