Sonntag, 18. März 2012


Nina Hoss, with her regal stature and icy stares, infuses the titular character in Christian Petzold's "Barbara" with quiet fury, fierce intelligence and a slow-burning sensuality that combine to convey a sense of repression and longing that's breathtakingly German. While the movie might be a little too detached for its own good, the performance carries it with conviction and ultimately pulls at your heartstrings in spite of itself.

Samstag, 10. März 2012

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Despite some believability issues, "Martha Marcy May Marlene" is an exceptionally directed and acted psychological thriller about a girl cracking under the weight of two worlds. First-time director Sean Durkin has an assured sense of style and an uncanny grasp of dread reminiscent of Michael Haneke, which he put to good use to create an acutely unsettling atmosphere for the film and some moments of spine-tingling scares.