Boy Meets Girl (1984)
Director: Leos Carax
Runtime: 100 minutes
Rating: NC16 (Sexual References)
Award of the Youth (French Film)
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 1984
Leos Carax’s debut feature is a stylistic tour-de-force about young Parisians on the cusp of adulthood, trying to survive the rupture of failed romantic relationships while holding onto their dreams, drifting about in infinite nocturnal scenes. The psychogeography of Paris creates chance encounters and constitutes a mental map of one’s personal history. Bodies lose themselves in dances, in frantic escape, finding their place in this world of chaos and affection shared intimately between two people – that at times, can double as a lethal affliction.
Taking after Godard and Chaplin, Carax’s film embraces humor without forgetting the powerful undercurrent of existential dread that gives the film its emotional depth and moral complexity.
Probationary (Thử Việc) (2022)
Director: Đỗ Văn Hoàng
Runtime: 38 minutes
Rating: PG13 (Some Coarse Language and Violence)
The alleyways of Ho Chi Minh City are narrow and labyrinthine, with walls full of splatters and flyers advertising all kinds of services. Through Đỗ Văn Hoàng’s lens, they become a stage whereby the surrealist drama of idleness unfolds. In between moments of profound uncertainty and darkness are playful dialogues grounded in the experience of traversing the city. Probationary speaks of the existential issue of livelihood from within, without pretense.
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