PULSE (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001)

Written and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation), Kairo—Pulse—is an eerily underlit, disturbing, ar times horrifying high-tech ghost story/sci-fi weird-out about the lure and consequences of trying to interact with the dead. It involves the mystifying suicides of young people. It reflects on the appalling loneliness that computers and other technological elements in the culture […]

DESERTED SEAS (José Luis García Agraz, 1995)

From Mexico, Desiertos mares, by José Luis García Agraz, won three major Ariels, for best story, screenplay and direction. About the making of a movie against the backdrop of the disintegration of the director’s marriage, its back-and-forth manages to trivialize both filmmaking and the marital breakup. The photography is gorgeous, but the gorgeousness is gratuitous, […]

ZUREK (Ryszard Brylski, 2003)

This lovely Polish comedy-drama culminates in a moment of goodness, kindness, generosity. Written and directed by Ryszard Brylski, from a short story by Olga Tokarczuk, Zurek is about a mother’s determination to identify the father of her fifteen-year-old daughter’s son so that the infant can be christened—hopefully, by Christmas. The child keeps falsely identifying one […]