Oblivion Verses (2017)

The aged protagonist of Alireza Khatami’s debut film is in some ways a lost and broken man. And yet he seems content; and through his job, which he takes very seriously, he has a purpose in life. But his little world is threatened by violent outside forces, by a re-emerging autocracy whose corruption and covert dealings won’t allow him to do his job properly.

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The Other Side of the Street (2004)

The Other Side of the Street [O Outro Lado da Rua] tells the story of a criminal investigation of sorts, but it really is just the portrait of a lonely and bitter woman who is trapped in her isolated existence. Great performances by the core cast do not really help to make this film as a whole work.

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Zama (2017)

I sincerely disliked Zama. It is an “artfilm” of the worst kind: long, incoherent, and beloved by a very special breed of film critic.

If you are a hardcore Greenaway fan, you might possibly enjoy Zama, everyone else is far better off avoiding this film.

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Los Perros (2017)

Los Perros is a drama that deals with Chile’s contemporary society; and the question to what degree this country’s violent past is still hidden. More precisely, it asks to what degree people have an interest in keeping it hidden. But watching this film you also begin to wonder if dragging everything into the light is really all that beneficial.

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