Ulrich Seidl – Einsvierzig (1980)

The subject is a 50-year-old dwarf who stopped growing at 1 meter 40. He is fat and plays the piano strangely but the point Seidl makes is that he is like others, and you should judge him according to the same criteria you would judge them. Read More »

    Andrew Bujalski – Peoples House (2007)

    Walter Francis (Bill Morrison) and Jerry Peoples (Ralph Tyler), two characters from Mutual Appreciation, share a visit at the Peoples’ home in the countryside. Read More »

      Andrew Bujalski – Mutual Appreciation [+Extras] (2005)

      Indie film wunderkind Andrew Bujalski’s best attribute as a filmmaker is not his much-heralded ability to reproduce the idiomatic lingo and speech patterns of his stuck-in-neutral twentysomething subjects—who, to this ear, always sound a bit too self-consciously aimless and uncomfortable to pass as authentic—but, rather, his knack for unearthing subtle insights about interpersonal relations from meandering, seemingly improvised conversational scenes. Mutual Appreciation, the director’s follow-up to his breakthrough Funny Ha Ha, is a modest step up from its assured predecessor in both content and form, revealing discerning truths about, and wringing deadpan humor from, post-college anomie through a carefully arranged narrative structured around casual ellipses and sly symmetries, whether it be the juxtaposition of one evening’s dissimilar drunken parties or its pair of gender role reversal scenarios (one involving a man reading a woman’s short story, the other marked by some sloshed cross-dressing). Read More »

        Ulrich Seidl – Bilder einer Ausstellung (1996)

        Seidl takes his camera to an abstract-art exhibition and asks the public to comment on what they see. Some analyse the work from a strictly Freudian angle as they nibble their canapés; others can only see penises. In reality, the paintings are simply an excuse for Seidl to unmask the anguishes, fears, suspicions and sexual taboos of gathered together there. Read More »

          Ulrich Seidl – Spass ohne Grenzen AKA Fun without Limits (1998)

          Whether in the countryside or on the edge of the city, amusement parks or fun fairs are hot across Europe. Their names, amusement parks and fun fairs, say it all: People want to be amused, they want to have fun. For example, at the Europark in southern Germany a dummy with a contorted face sits in an electric chair. Smoke comes out of him and a light flickers off and on from out of the roasted “brain” of the dummy, which shudders and cries in pain. A film on the culture of amusement in today’s “leisure” society. Read More »

            Kazuo Hara – Nippon Asbest Village AKA Sennan Asbestos Disaster (2016)

            Ten years in the making, Kazuo Hara’s three-and-a-half-hour-long epic is a longitudinal study of asbestos victims demanding reparations from a heartless state. Hara records the eight-year struggle of the plaintiffs and their lawyers. A dogged and dramatic depiction of their intense battle. Read More »

              Ulrich Seidl – Die letzten Männer AKA The Last Real Men [Uncut Version] (1994)

              The Last Real Men (Die letzten Männer) is an hour-long piece following the Viennese teacher Karl S. on his search for a wife who doesn’t question traditional gender roles and “doesn’t talk back”. In so doing, Seidl probes the motives that make Austrian men look for wives in Thailand and the Philippines. Read More »