Nymphomaniac Film Review

Nymphomaniac: Volume I, Reviews

With a tantalizing mixture of sexual obsession and naughty humor, Nymphomaniac is an unabashed sexual odyssey overflowing with captivating and cryptic references to art, history, religion, music, and literature.

Nymphomaniac’s intellectual narrative and its passionately stimulating examination on love and addiction, serves as an in-depth view on the concept of sex outside of the realms of love. It is a primal and an intuitive exploration of human intimacy and sexual pleasure.

Nymphomaniac is, at its deepest core, a political and a revolutionary erotic dreamscape that makes you want to look at the world in a different way, experience more, and listen more even. The film is broken up into several units, each with their own narrative and tone. It is a polyphonic piece of explicit sex and penetrating, and dare I even say, thought-provoking philosophy.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf and Stellan Skarsgård are just a small sample of the exhibitionistic cast who delivered undeniably challenging yet exemplar routines. Each one of this vastly accomplished ensemble embarked on a sexually driven endeavor that can only be defined as radical and artistic.

Von Trier’s unreformed cinematographic methods, when combined with Nymphomaniac’s titillating score and arousing pleasurable camera arrangements, shaped a sexually charged atmosphere that effortlessly translated the inclusive theme and attitude of this gratifying cinematic examination.

Nymphomaniac is a systematic and a tremendously comprehensive investigation of the force of sex and human connection. It’s a well-written, academic examination of erotic pleasure and human intimacy.

Prom Film Review

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Ryan Murphy’s latest musical conception is a ground-breaking, earth-shaking, life-affirming, breathtaking, gut-wrenching, and a heart-aching experience. In two words, it’s history-making.

It’s an out-of-this-world, positively exaggerated out-of-theater interpretation that is, and forever will be, pulsating with larger-than-life spontaneity and restructured liberating allegories.

There’s no denying that “The Prom”, as a whole, is an accumulated bundle of sparkly and well-polished joyful film-musical clichés. But given its intoxicatingly universalistic spirit and its exhilarating and madly infectious musical numbers, this film serves as a three-dimensional analysis on tolerance, acceptance, and new-age liberalism.

Murphy’s singular combination of wistfulness and idealism birthed a paradoxically political narrative that’s slightly imbued with a beguiling and a mesmeric dialogue, which was so unaffectedly accomplished and delivered.

This high-energy and vibrant Showbiz delight’s strength lies in its star-studded ensemble cast featuring the iconic Meryl Streep, the diva Nicole Kidman and newcomer Jo Ellen Pellman. Each one of them, and the rest, delivered unequivocally and drastically convincing performances and embodied their personas to new uncharted extremes.

The Prom’s uncanny mix of idealistic aesthetic and theatrical expressionism has transformed this interpretation into one vastly entertaining experience bursting with mood-lifting visuals and catchy dancing/singing sequences. 

Ammonite Film Review

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A self-aware and a passionate new drama from the expressive mind of Francis Lee, Ammonite is a prohibited seaside romance bursting with tender glances and tiny gestures.

Having clear parallels with “God’s Own Country”, Ammonite doesn’t shy away from using a symbolic narrative to convey a certain kind of an impending inner revolution. It is an exquisite triumph that displayed fragile character evolution and profoundly nuanced eroticism.

From the beginning, Ammonite relied heavily on long stretches of silence, ones that are meant to be troubled and anxious. Ones which naturally exposed the beautiful relics within each one of its vastly intricate and disturbed characters. Ammonite practices an inimitable method of emotional excavation, slowly revealing long-buried enigmas and exposing them layer by fascinating layer.

Kate Winslet’s and Saoirse Ronan’s nonverbal communication and their stupendous devotion to give an authentic and a naturalistic flair to both of their complicated characters might just have created an unparalleled duo-performance set ablaze by unlikely passion that can only be defined as alluring and compelling.

Ammonite is a beautiful slow burn period drama with remarkable cinematography, mesmerizing sceneries and a melancholic yet captivating atmosphere that will most certainly charm you. It’s an ageless tale of forbidden love between two women who despite their conditions ventured into a passionate realm of lust, love and restraint.

Happiest Season Film Review

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There are certain expectations to be met and standard elements to take in consideration when it comes to create the perfect Holiday feature. Using a traditional “Christmassy” format, Happiest Season elevated the game by integrating a rather groundbreaking new addition to this slightly clichéd and looked upon cinematic category.

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This LGBTQI+ romance tells a poignant coming out story. The narrative, with its skillful pacing and “anticipated” wonders, handled two distinct yet lookalike viewpoints with a well-adjusted and a nuanced touch. All of this masterfully formed a spellbinding and a charming atmosphere that just exudes untainted coziness and instantaneous pleasure.

Happiest Season’s unconventional and diverse ensemble culminated in its two lead protagonists. Both of these many-sided yet unpretentious queer characters were crafted with extreme delicacy and attention. Their stories inspired from real life events have the ability to resonate with each one of its selected audience.

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Kristen Stewart’s authenticity and Mackenzie Davis’ vulnerability are a gift of Christmas cheer. They both delivered such tear-jerking and true acts that one can only label as genius and radical.

Happiest season, with its cheerful festivities and imaginative ornamentation, laid-back attitude and poignant point of view, is an instant Christmas classic that has brought so much legitimacy and warmth to an always beloved genre. 

A young woman with a plan to propose to her girlfriend while at her family’s annual holiday party discovers her partner hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents.

Initial release: November 26, 2020
Director: Clea DuVall
Screenplay: Clea DuVall, Mary Holland
Production companies: Temple Hill Productions, TriStar Pictures
Producers: Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner

Summer of 85 (Été 85) Film Review

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“tu crois qu’on invente les gens qu’on aime?”

Ozon’s “Summer of 85” is a nostalgic tale of a doomed young romance that exudes pure sensual energy and a fervent captivation.

Constructing a multifaceted, evocative story about love, loss and growth is not of an easy chore, but Été 85’s profoundly touching and immersive storytelling and its acute consideration to detail shaped an unabashed French queer sensation that can be only be labeled as spellbinding and beguiling.

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Both Felix Lefebvre and Benjamin Voisin, with an influential empathy and intense sexual tension defining their smooth yet poignant interactions, delivered an unquestionably heart wrenching and an entirely vulnerable and sensitive routine that can only be seen as grand acts of art.

From the film’s philosophical reflections on love and identity to a lyrical cinematography and poetic camera movements, Summer of 85 carefully balanced all the necessary elements of an impassioned portrayal of reciprocated and infatuated first love.

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With an impressive set design, music choices and era-accurate clothing styles, this film captures the truest essence of the 1980s. A warmth of texture that fits in well with the nostalgic theme and Ozon’s unique touch.

Summer of 85 is an unanimously intoxicating queer coming of age romance that best serves as an ode to young love.

Synopsis: What do you dream of when you’re 16-years-old and in a seaside resort in Normandy in the 1980s? A best friend? A lifelong teen pact? Scooting off on adventures on a boat or a motorbike? Living life at breakneck speed? No. You dream of death. Because you can’t get a bigger kick than dying. And that’s why you save it till the very end. The summer holidays are just beginning, and this story recounts how Alexis grew into himself.

A moment in the reeds

A moment in the reeds

With an intensely personal and intimate perspective, Makela’s “A Moment in the Reeds” is a beautifully crafted piece of Queer Finnish Cinema that serves as, both, a social interaction and a profoundly sensual love story.

Superficially compared to “God’s Own Country”, A Moment in the Reeds is a much-needed societal analysis imbued with heartbreaking authenticity and seductive romance. The beauty of such a film lies in its grappling with the uglier and more discomforting side of the queer experience.

Director Makela uses blindingly intimate storytelling techniques to give an imperative and a significant voice to the struggles of sexual and ethnic minorities in a given society. The narrative was infused with an awkwardness that naturally evolves into an intimacy, giving the film a deeply rooted sense of authenticity and consideration.

Boodi Kabbani and Janne Puustinen’ seductive on screen chemistry beautifully articulated the kindness and understanding that each one of their extremely diverse characters held. The emotional rawness of their discussions, the mannered language, and their story is all more impactful because they both allowed to bring so much of themselves into their performances. 

All of these central elements, alongside the magnificent Finnish sceneries and the numerous honest camera techniques used, translated a queer love story that beats with so much heart and soul.

A Moment in the Reeds is far more than just a mere cinematic experience, it is a perspective-altering escapade that doesn’t shy away from showcasing the ups and downs of a short-destined yet fully passionate and erotic love experience.

Amazon Prime Video Morden Love

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…الحب في أبهى حلله

“أحيانا تدرك بأن الحب الحقيقي في صورته المطلقة له العديد من الغايات البالغة الأهمية في هذه الحياة, إنه لا يقتصر فقط بإنجاب الأطفال أو الرومانسية أو العثور على توأم روحك أو شريك حياتك بل الحب بمفهومه الحقيقي أعمق من ذلك بكثير…” فالحب هو العاطفة الأكثر تأثيرا في كل الفنون بشتى أنواعها وكل دروب الحياة وخباياها وقد يكاد يكون الحب هو السحر السري للحياة والسبب الأهم في إزدهار الإنسان بكل تناقضاته البشرية. إنه كلمة جعلت البشرية بأكملها في سعي دائم للبحث عنها والتهافت على عيشها في الحياة اليومية وبدون تلك الكلمة “الحب” يفنى الإنسان ويفنى الوجود معه…وإنطلاقا من براعة الحب في شمل وجمع كل المجتمعات مع بعضها, ومعالجته بشفافية وصدق وتوظيفه في الأعمال التلفزيونية والسينمائية فقد ظهر عدد كبير منها يصنف بين الجيد والممتاز وفقا طبعا لأذواق المتلقين ومزاجاتهم وتبعا لآراء النقاد وقد كان أحد هذه الأعمال هو المسلسل التلفزيوني الأمريكي الرائع “Modern Love”…

وهو مسلسل قصير مكون من 8 حلقات منفصلة, مدة كل حلقة 30 دقيقة وفي كل حلقة نشاهد أبطالا جددا وقصصا عاطفية جديدة ومختلفة أحداثها مستوحاة من قصص حقيقية نشرت في صحيفة نيويورك تايمز وهو من إخراج جون كارني وبطولة عدد كبير من النجوم من بينهم : آن هاثاواي، ديف باتيل، صوفيا بوتلة ، تينا فاي، أندرو سكوت وغيرهم

يتميز هذا المسلسل ببساطة السرد وعمق الفكرة وقد يظن المشاهد للوهلة الأولى أنها فكرة تقليدية ومستهلكة بشكل كبير ويعتقد بأنه سيكون أمام حكايات تسودها الرتابة ويسيطر عليها الملل إلا أن الأمر بدا مختلفا تماما وجمال كل القصص فاق التوقعات بعيدا كل البعد عن الدراما المفركة والمبالغ فيها, فالمسلسل يعرض قصص حب عصرية مختلفة تجري أحداثها كلها في مدينة نيويورك وحكايات بسيطة خالية من التعقيدات الدرامية والسردية وكل حلقة من الحلقات الثمانية حملت كما هائلا من الطاقة الإيجابية والبهجة فلا تستطيع إلا أن تبتسم لا إراديا من كل قلبك أثناء مشاهدتك لهذا العمل الذي أقل ما يقال عنه أنه “مبهر” مبهر ومدهش بكل تفاصيله البراقة والآخاذة ويرافقه مزيجا سحريا وفريدا من مشاعر الدهشة والمتعة عن تنوع العلاقات الإنسانية وعن الحب وخباياه الكثيرة وما يعنيه حقا الوقوع في الحب وكيف نشعر عند غيابه ولماذا يؤثر غياب الحب وحضوره على حياة البشر بهذه الصورة ؟! كل الحكايات أشبه بالفضفضة الذاتية, حكايات فائقة الروعة وفي منتهى الحميمية والإنسانية جعلتنا نصدق ونؤمن بالحب القادر على إلهامنا وتغييرنا للأفضل وخلق أحاسيس لا مثيل لها داخلنا, وترك مساحة خاصة جدا لمزيج وخليط من المشاعر الدافئة والعواطف الجياشة حيث يشعر المشاهد بأن الشخصيات المتحركة أمامه على الشاشة تشبهه إلى حد كبير فهم ليسوا سوى أشخاص عاديين يمارسون حياتهم بطريقة روتينية وهادئة وثمة تعلق كبير وغريب يربط المشاهد بهم لدرجة كبيرة ويعود سر هذا التعلق إلى براعة شديدة في الكتابة والتمثيل وكل العناصر الفنية على حد سواء.

رحلة تلفزيونية على مدار 8 حلقات من أجمل الرحلات التي قد يخوضها المرء في حياته وهو جالس فقط على كنبته, حكايات رائعة أكدت معنى الحب المطلق والحقيقي والخالد الذي لا ينتهي ولا يتحدد بعلاقة رجل وإمرأة فقط بل يتجاوز إلى ما هو أعمق من ذلك, حب العائلة والأصدقاء الحقيقيين الذين هم السند لنا في وقت السراء والضراء, حكايات أبدعت بتعميق معنى الحب الذي يتخطى التعبير بالكلمات بل يظهر في الأفعال التي أثبتت لنا أن الحب وحده قادر على خلاص الإنسان ونجاته من وحدته البشرية ومخاوفه وحتى إن لم نقم بالبحث عن الحب فبالطبع سيقوم هو بالعثور علينا وكما تقول إحدى العبارات الصوفية : “أروع حب هو ذلك الذي تجده بينما تبحث عن شئ آخر…”

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لا أبالغ إن قلت أن المسلسل هو أجمل عمل فني (سواء فيلم أو مسلسل) شاهدته في سنة 2020, مسلسل دافئ ومبهج ولطيف ورائع بكل ما تحمله الكلمة من معنى…بإمكانكم مشاهدته لقضاء سهرة ممتعة في نهاية الأسبوع وإضفاء طاقات إيجابية تجعلنا نستيقظ كل يوم وندرك مدى أهمية الحب في حياتنا وإستغلال كل لحظة وعيشها كما يجب.

-إيلي طايع-

Irreversible by Gaspar Noe Film Review

Irreversible Gaspar Noe

Stressful? certainly, but also unaffectedly thought provoking and deeply artistic.

With one of the most barbaric and distorted scenes ever witnessed in Cinema history, Noé’s Irréversible is a profoundly distressing and a heartachingly emotional escapade.

Using a bold narrative structure and an achronological storytelling scheme, Irréversible shamelessly explores the realest meaning of “irreversibility of fate”. At its core, this film is a profound social and artistic statement about evolution and human nature.

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The scattered narrative makes it a little bit difficult to grasp what’s actually going on. Then it clicks, you understand what’s happening and it’s absolutely shocking and profoundly tragic. The unwavering representation of rape and murder in Noé’s Irréversible are the precise characterization of meaningful and provocative art.

The unceasingly distorted camera techniques used aided in forming a nauseating and a perplexing atmosphere that blended effortlessly with the deeply anxiety-inducing and impactful score.

Simultaneously, this daringly expressive narrative is encountered with an even more emotive set of characters. In other words, Irréversible’s characters were created with a singular purpose of haunting and tormenting each viewer, individually and collectively.

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Monica Bellucci was a down-right captivating enchantress either with her soul-piercing acting skills or her emotional range of epic proportions. Her personification of the victimized Alex M will go down in history as one of the best, if not THE best. Vincent Cassel was also severely compelling and alluring.

Irréversible is an unparalleled power study of life, death and consequences.
A gut-wrenching exposé, Noé’s creation is dark, emotional and unconditionally imperative.

Laurence Anyways - Xavier Dolan

Laurence Anyways is an extraordinarily and an exhaustingly unique tale, dispersed over a decade and told in flashbacks, of physical and emotional metamorphosis. 

Dolan’s approximately three-hour film can simply be described as remarkable. While the story is centered around transsexuality, it’s Dolan’s remarkably perceptive sense on how a relationship between two people can grow, deteriorate, rebuild and crash over time, that makes Laurence Anyways relatable, significant, and universal.

Laurence Anyways flows naturally, stylistically speaking. Dolan succeeds at incorporating his unique visual peculiarities into the narrative. These unusual artistic choices, overused perhaps, superbly defined the film’s characters’ moments of vulnerability.

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Melvil Poupaud masterfully embodied the persona of Laurence, with all its complicated evolution and internalized struggles. Suzanne Clément, initially considered to be a side main character, explosively conquered Laurence Anyways’ poignant dialog and delivered an outstanding performance worthy of admiration and appreciation.

Dolan’s ‘more is more’ aesthetic, the fabric patterns, the colors motifs, and the numerous and long slow-motion sequences alongside an extensive and an eclectic soundtrack aided in maintaining a dynamic and an active ambiance even when the film’s oversaturated runtime feels, infrequently, superfluous and preoccupied.

Laurence Anyways is a melodious motion picture where all of its similar elements come together fluidly and Dolan’s artistic and cultural touch accentuate the emotional honesty and brutality that is found in his vastly animated narrative.

Mon Roi – My king Film Review

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A character-driven narrative with a destructive standpoint, Maiwenn’s Mon Roi is an affectionate explanation of interconnection demolition, and deep-rooted narcissism.

Mon Roi’s ability to express with extreme sincerity and truthfulness the insecurities of intimacy and the lusciousness of self-destruction and dysfunctionality can be only designated as one of its most prominent aspects.

It is an outstandingly vigorous and detail-driven experience through which we got to experience the pleasure and the sorrow, the sexual highs and the devastating emotional betrayals of its two leading characters.

Maiwenn’s unique style and cutting-edge techniques conveyed a sense of untamed realism to a rather overused and tamed genre. She was able to create an intimate outline for her Mon Roi’s characters where they were, even though intricately written, impulsive, careless and naked. 

Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot immaculate performances were astoundingly substantial and fascinating. Bercot’s emotional range and elite acting skills shined like never before as she straightforwardly embodied her persona to extremes never known before. Their on-screen relationship was both magnetic and appealing.

Mon Roi is the kind of film that is bursting with majestic gestures and immense emotional moments but still feels so familiar and close to home!!

Directed by Maïwenn
Produced by Alain Attal
Written by Étienne Comar, Maïwenn
Starring Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Bercot, Louis Garrel, Isild Le Besco
Music by Stephen Warbeck
Cinematography Claire Mathon

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