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The Codes of Film Noir in Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky’s ‘The Man from London’

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

Upon the release of The Man from London, one might have been hard-pressed to consider Béla Tarr and his co-director Ágnes Hranitzky genre filmmakers beyond the broad designation of “European art house cinema.” While still fitting snugly
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Thoughts on... Womb (a.k.a. Clone) (2010)

Womb (a.k.a. Clone), 2010.

Written and Directed by Benedek Fliegauf.

Starring Eva Green, Matt Smith, Lesley Manville, Peter Wight, Hannah Murray and István Lénárt.

Synopsis:

A woman's consuming love forces her to bear the clone of her dead beloved. From his infancy to manhood, she faces the unavoidable complexities of her controversial decision.

Easily the most disturbing film I've seen this year, the critically acclaimed Womb (or Clone on UK DVD releases) from Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf certainly doesn't make for easy viewing.

I came into this film not really knowing what it was about, which was probably a good thing as the storytelling kept me in a permanent state of shock, all the while transfixed with the plot. Fliegauf chooses the German Baltic Coast in the north of the country for the backdrop for his story, and the vast endless landscapes of sea and sand really contribute to
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DVD Review: Clone

Clone

Stars: Eva Green, Matt Smith, Lesley Manville, Peter Wight, István Lénárt, Hannah Murray | Written and Directed by Benedek Fliegauf

Originally called Womb, Clone seems to have had a name change to evoke more of a sensationalist reaction in people who may buy it, but in truth the original name says a lot more about the films subject and the opinions I have of it. Most people though will probably see the name Matt Smith and think Doctor Who. Don’t expect time travel in this film though; just a slightly harrowing story of love and loss.

When Rebecca and Thomas meet as children they become instant friendship and love soon blossoms. This is dealt a blow though when Rebecca moves away. Years later she returns and now as adults they rekindle their relationship as the love is still there. Disaster strikes once more as Thomas is killed but Rebecca
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