TEHILIM (Raphaël Nadjari, 2007)

Forty-year-old Eli Frankel suddenly, mysteriously disappears in Jerusalem following an automobile mishap. The police inexplicably are at a loss as to what to do, and the media’s agency for mobilizing the public to find such a missing person apparently does not exist in Israel as it does in the United States. We aren’t meant to […]

NEZHNO (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1999)

The visible part of the blocked screen’s shape, narrow and vertical, suggests (along with the muted colors) hashira-e, nineteenth-century Japanese prints; Aleksandr Sokurov thus runs the risk in Nezhno (Dolce) of anasesthetizing his images by aestheticizing them. Nonetheless, Sokurov prevails. His focus is Mikho, the widow of Japanese writer Toshio Shimao, whose principal grief is […]