The Limits of Control

Berlinale’s Plot summary:

Ronah works as a sexual surrogate, teaching inhibited men what they fear most: intimacy. Her clients are referred to her by a psychotherapist. She and one of their number casually make the bed where they will sleep together; later on she lets him show her his new business idea on his laptop as if they were best friends. Such scenes are interspersed with hotel hallways, claustrophobic shots of Manhattan’s urban canyons, hassles with workmen, cries for help from Ronah’s brother she chooses to ignore, even as he tells her that their mother has disappeared. It is impossible to identify when exactly she loses control. She’s clearly not been able to get a handle on her new, auto-aggressive client Johnny with his soft voice, his intelligence, his occasional mocking remarks. She starts to fall in love with him instead. Without any trace of voyeurism, Anja Marquardt’s impressively complex, stylistically precocious directorial debut observes how the line between professional and private intimacy becomes gradually blurred.

 

That Demon Within (?)

Countless flashbacks, uneven pace that changes every 20 minutes (or often), all heated with a CGI-fire. If all this will not unleash that demon within you, you will probably make it through the movie.

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Dante Lam’s  almost 120 minutes long ‘Mo Jing’  has it’s good moments (for instance the film opening with the masks that reminded me of the ‘Five Deadly Venoms’), the problem is they will be outbalanced by the frustration that the rest of the film will cause. 4/10.

Kumiko’s Road to Fargo: How an urban legend got converted into a surreal road movie

As the Zellner Bros. said during the Q&A after the screening, the movie has been trigger by an ‘Urban legend‘.

The well ‘Sundance’ acclaimed film ‘Kumiko the treasure  hunter’ is really a piece of a story. [Shot in Japan and US, played by Japanese and American cast] The character of Kumiko is really well tailored, you gonna like her from the beginning.(…)The fable like charm of the movie spiced with surreal elements (like finding the ‘Fargo’ VHS-tape in a cave), that poke the ‘found-footage’ genre a bit (probably [not] on purpose), gives a great viewer experience. (I wonder if a re-watch will also be as enjoyable.)

There are many ‘road movies’ but not many like this one. 8/10

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Yann Demange’s new movie is ‘Training Day’ and ‘Casualties of War’ in one and even much more

It is really hard to make an interesting and thrilling  (anti-)war movie, but it has been accomplished when it comes to ’71. All the elements of the movie are really well made/performed. The plot/storyline is packed with suspenseful elements and is 100% ‘pathethic-kitschy-war-hero-scenes’ -free, what made the film as realistic as it gets. 9/10.

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A wider review can be found at Indiewire.com