EMPORTE-MOI (Léa Pool, 1999)

Emporte-Moi (Set Me Free), by Swiss-born Québecois documentarian and fictional filmmaker Léa Pool, is a very lovely, very sad, emotionally highly complex film about an impoverished, struggling, emotionally chaotic family in 1963 Montréal. The film is likely autobiographical; the central character, Hanna, is thirteen years old—Pool’s age in 1963—and by the end of the film […]

ONIBABA (Kaneto Shindô, 1964)

War—humanity’s disfigurement: this is the theme of Kaneto Shindô’s Onibaba (The Hole), a film that has become a minor classic. Sixteenth-century Japan; civil war. In a small hut by a river, along with her daughter-in-law, a woman awaits her soldier-son’s return. It’s a harsh time. The crops have failed. In order to survive, the two […]