Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Viewing Journal: 2/23/2011

(1987 dir. Paul Verhoeven) 5th Viewing: February 23 2011


(2010 dir. Andrea Arnold) 2nd Viewing: February 23 2011

A troubling, heartbreaking, bittersweet (and expertly photographed) depiction of one East London youth's disaffected girlhood. For all the gritty kitchen-sink realism to be found in the film, I'm still surprised by the visually striking way Andrea Arnold framed the proceedings. Like some mad sensualist poet. Makes the film all the more haunting. Katie Jarvis's impressive naturalistic performance as Mia is still one my top choices for best actress of last year.

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