A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
~ Stanley Kubrick
IN A BETTER WORLD (2010) — What makes the friendship between Christian and Elias so special is how deeply and honestly Susanne Bier displays the emotional side of both children. Only by peering the eyes of the two actors, I can feel the all emotional reasons why they become such small terrorists. YOUNG TÖRLESS (1966) — Violence is not just a physical matter, but also psychological and emotional. In Young Törless, ethical ​​and subjective values ​​were so contradictory. Then the boundaries between good and evil even more vague. PHARAOH (1966) — Faraon is an evocative anatopism, also an astonishing colossal. A truly rare gem of its kind. Not only works as a visual declaration, Kawalerowicz also made it so carefully, so mesmerizing, yet so challenging. THE BOYS OF PAUL STREET (1969) — An ironic allegory not only for the face of war, but also the heart of it: militarism and nationalism. The irony in the end makes the two terminologies be absurd. SPIRITED AWAY (2001) — “What's in a name?” asked Shakespeare. “A name is an identity,” said this movie. MISS JULIE (1951) - Miss Julie is a very challenging study, whether psychological or situational. In a simple but smart way, Miss Julie presents the phases of a political game of love and seduction. MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S (1969) - Éric Rohmer not only talk about choices and risks of choices, there is also a glimpse the importance of choices and the pain of choices. My Night at Maud's, for me, is the most amazing movie about refracting those two opposing aspects of life. TEN (2002) — The use of "dashboard camera" method by Abbas Kiarostami is successfully providing such microscopic spectacle about the characters, not only on outside but also capable of making this movie as a unique character and gender study. THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS / A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS (1966) — The allegory is not only the great thing about this Czechoslovak New Wave Cinema movie, but also its weirdness, its unnatural behavior, its peculiar plot, but the most of it is about how the movie smartly move without caution. ELEPHANT (2003) — Elephant is a piece of work that should be commended for its bravery. Such compliments are mainly intended to for Gus Van Sant's guts on using such non-linear and unusual narrative spectacle. Also packed with such unnatural risky styles which was really cost lot of guts.

Minggu, 01 Mei 2011

עץ לימון (Etz Limon)

Oleh: Rio Johan (Rijon)

Sutradara: Eran Riklis
Pemain: Hiam Abbass, Ali Suliman, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Doron Tavory, Tarik Kopty, Amos Lavi, Amnon Wolf, Liron Baranes, Smadar Jaaron, Danny Leshman, Ayelet Robinson, Amos Tamam, Loai Nofi, Hili Yalon, Makram Khoury

Tahun Rilis: 2008
Judul Internasional: Lemon Tree
Judul Arab: شجرة ليمون

Konyol memang. Salma Zidane (Hiam Abbass), seorang janda yang tinggal di West Bank (semacam area perbatasan Israel-Palestina), mati-matian berjuang mempertahankan kebun lemonnya yang bakal digusur. Padahal pihak penggusur, pemerintah Israel, sudah menjanjikan kompensasi (entah besar atau kecil, tidak disebutkan) sebagai pengganti kebun lemonnya. Alasan penggusurannya pun bisa dibilang konyol-tak-konyol: seorang Menteri Pertahanan Israel (Doron Tavory) baru saja pindah di sebuah rumah di seberang kebun lemon milik Salma (di wilayah Israel). Kebun Lemon salma yang sebegitu lebatnya dicurigai menganggu keamanan Pak Menteri, misalnya, bisa-bisa saja seseorang bersembunyi di balik rindangnya pepohonan lemon itu untuk menembakkan peluru. Padahal berbagai sistem keamanan mutakhir sudah dipasangi: mulai dari kamera pengintai sampai kawat berduri. Kurang apa lagi coba? Kenapa juga Pak Menteri mau tinggal di dekat tanah Palestina (kalau tidak mau keamanaannya terancam)?