Geypens plays with one-dimensional understanding of the universe and our perception of what is above and what below the ground. Connection between human beings and the nature is put to the test.
Marie, played by Joséphine Japy with well-calibrated fragility, wants to be a chef and is proud to be the newest employee at the restaurant owned by Bruno Mercier (Phillippe Résimont), a famous Michelin-star chef
The number one protagonist of the film is Joana Andrade, one of the rare women that compete in big wave surfing. We meet her “at work”, in the fishing village of Nazarené known for the biggest waves in the world
When we talk about the ethics and the humaneness (or the lack of them both) of the social media, two key arguments are the notion that “if you are not paying for the product, then you are the product” and that all the social media offers to is algorithm-based. Both of those arguments could also be used against the film’s distributor.
Bulgarian Dream is, from its first- to the last shots followed by a textual info-card presenting epilogue of Petra’s migration to Bulgaria, also sharing the information that she is just one of over 10.000 German retirees to live in Bulgaria.
The audiences tend to imagine prison life based on the works of fiction, pretty much all uniformed: there is a pressure from the outer ranks (the sadistic guards) and from within (the fellow inmates) accompanied by senseless violence. While it works as a template for Hollywood prison dramas, the reality (at least in the Continental Europe) is slightly different.
How I am deciding what to watch is, potentially, the most troubling aspect, though, and gives testament to what cinemas are best at. As a British Australian, I am, in the first instance, watching British and Australian films, which feels like an incredibly colonial and xenophobic selection criteria.
Given no explanations, just strong images and the great work in the sound department, Sparks is a witness of modernity conquering the remaining patches of wilderness where traditional agricultural practices still exist.
Military service was compulsory in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and every young man between 19-27 years of age had to spend 12 months in the army, mostly doing nonsensical tasks, obeying the commanding officers and being indoctrinated.