Limitless Cinema in Broken English

September 30, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:46 pm


1.AURORA (2009, Adolfo B. Alix, Jr., Philippines, A+/A)

2.JAMILA AND THE PRESIDENT (2009, Ratna Sarumpaet, Indonesia, B+)



1.CASTRO (2009, Alejo Moguillansky, Argentina, A+++++++++++++++)

2.IMBURNAL (2008, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Philippines, A++++++++++)

3.REDEMPTION (2009, Sabrina Wulff, documentary, Germany, A++++++++++)

4.THE SEARCH (2009, Pema Tseden, China, A++++++++++)

5.JERICHOW (2008, Christian Petzold, Germany, A++++++++++)

6.DOUBLE TAKE (2009, Johan Grimonprez, Belgium, A+++++)

7.THE TIME THAT REMAINS (2009, Elia Suleiman, Palestine, A+++++)

8.EVERYONE ELSE (2009, Maren Ade, Germany, A+)

9.NE CHANGE RIEN (2009, Pedro Costa, Portugal, A+)

10.BUTTERFLIES HAVE NO MEMORIES (2009, Lav Diaz, Philippines, A+)

11.DOGTOOTH (2009, Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece, A+)

12.35 SHOTS OF RUM (2009, Claire Denis, France, A+)

13.INDEPENDENCIA (2009, Raya Martin, Philippines, A+)

14.CHOCOLATE (2009, Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia, A+)

15.FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI (2008, Ian Olds, USA, documentary, A+)

16.INLAND (2008, Tariq Teguia, Algeria, A+)

17.SEPET (2004, Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia, A+)

18.KOMA (2009, Naomi Kawase, Japan, A+)

19.LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS (2009, Hong Sangsoo, South Korea, A+)

20.ADRIFT (2009, Thac Chuyen Bui, Vietnam, A+/A)

21.AURORA (2009, Adolfo B. Alix, Jr., Philippines, A+/A)

22.THE QUEEN AND I (2008, Nahid Persson Sarvestani, Sweden, documentary, A+/A)

23.THE STRENGTH OF WATER (2009, Armagan Ballantyne, New Zealand, A)

24.MANILA (2009, Raya Martin + Adolfo Alix Jr., Philippines, A)

25.ALTIPLANO (2009, Peter Brosens + Jessica Woodworth, Belgium, A-/B+)

26.JAMILA AND THE PRESIDENT (2009, Ratna Sarumpaet, Indonesia, B+)



  1. This is my reply to Filmsick in my bilingual blog:

    I wish I could see IN THE HOUSE OF STRAW and HUACHO. I think IMBURNAL is interesting. What I like about this film includes:

    1.The film may be as slow as films by Lav Diaz or Raya Martin, but the film still has different feelings from them. This film has interesting form, or style, or structure, though its form/style/structure is not as strange or as unique as Raya Martin’s films. The film also presents the lives of rural people as convincingly as Lav Diaz’s films, but IMBURNAL doesn’t touch me by “stories of cruelty” like Lav Diaz’s films. IMBURNAL touches me in a different way.

    2.The blurred images. Many images in this film are blurred at the left and right side, but the middle of the images is clear. I think this is strange, but it makes this film look a bit like watercolored paintings.

    3.The scene in which an old man finds a shirtless muscular man floating down the water. This scene is enigmatic.

    4.The bizarre love triangle scene in the sewer

    5.The scene in which Gigi masturbates, while we hear the voices of the children

    6.The way the lives of these people are represented. It seems the director doesn’t try to overstate the problems nor ignore them.

    7.The scene of that shirtless young guy on the roof

    8.The film makes me feel that no matter you decide to jump or not, you will fall down to death.

    9.Each character in this film seems to live a life with no escape, no “better tomorrow”, no “hope”, but the film also shows the beauty and the happiness in their lives. The film balances very well between the sadness and small pleasures in life.

    10.The film makes me feel that its characters are real human beings, full of flesh and blood, minds and souls, and the film achieves this without using “story”.

    Comment by celinejulie — October 1, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

  2. This is my reply to Filmsick in my bilingual blog:

    Why do you think Rabat is homosexual? Why do you think the end of the film has homosexual feelings? Actually I can’t distinguish between Rabat and Allen in this film. I can’t tell who is who, and I can’t tell what each one of them does in the film. In this film I can identify only Gigi and Laws (because of the underwear scene). Hahaha.

    The old guy who whispers to the bald muscular guy also whispers to another sleeping character in the film, but now I can’t remember what happens next. Do you remember what happens after the second whispering?

    Comment by celinejulie — October 2, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

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