IN THIS WORLD (Michael Winterbottom, 2002)

Michael Winterbottom’s In This World is a British film that follows two Afghan refugees, 16-year-old Jamal and older cousin Enayatullah, on their trek from Pakistan to England in search of freedom and a better life. The two leads play or just are themselves.      The film’s nature is unclear. Is it documentary, or faux-documentary into which […]

BREAKING THE WAVES (Lars von Trier, 1996)

From Denmark, Sweden and elsewhere, Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves is singularly un-Dogmetic. Each chapter introduction includes recorded rock music, accompanied by a gorgeous bit of computer-enhanced Nature imagery. Moreover, the film is ultimately headed toward the supernatural and special effects. The offspring of atheists, Trier considers himself religious, but in the humanistic manner […]