THE SECOND CIRCLE (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1990)

A young man has returned home to bury his father. At one point he stares into the corpse’s eyes. In this staring contest, does anyone’s eyes—anything’s eyes—see any more clearly than anybody else’s? What do we know about anyone else’s suffering except that we share it, and somebody’s death doesn’t end what we share but […]

ENOUGH! (Djamila Sahraoui, 2006)

An exceptionally fine, leisurely, low-keyed, sensitive and highly intelligent film from Algeria and France, and one that effortlessly surpasses Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart the year after, Barakat!, the first fictional feature by documentarian Djamila Sahraoui, revolves around a woman’s search for her journalist husband whom fundamentalist militants abduct during the 1990s, when civil war […]