You’ll find great reviews of Mia Hansen-Løve’s fourth feature-length film Eden (2014) here and here, an interview with co-writer Sven Hansen-Løve here, and a convincing piece on Eden’s significance as the first film to take club culture seriously here. What follows is nothing so fancy or elegant, but it’s my attempt to capture the experience for your run-of-the-mill, middle-aged Winchesterian.
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What is the value of human life? How much is your own life worth? You may not be able to put a price on it, but insurance companies surely can. As we are reminded in Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano, Italy, 2013), there’s even a formula to quantify a person’s financial worth based on “life expectancy, earning capacity, quantity and quality of emotional bonds.”
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No one’s hands are clean in Josef Kubota Wladyka’s Manos sucias (USA/Colombia, 2014). Not the hands of the somber Jacobo (Jarlín Martínez) or his fresh-faced younger brother Delio (Cristian Advíncula), both of whom get involved in drug smuggling as a means to elevate themselves out of the poverty that surrounds them in the violent coastal city of Buenaventura. Certainly not the hands of ruthless drug lords, nor those of the seemingly innocent Jorge (Manuel David Riascos), a boy willing to do anything to save his ailing grandmother. Not even our hands are clean, dear viewers, now that this film has given us a glimpse of how the illegal drug trade, fueled in large part by Western appetites, affects some of our planet’s most desperate citizens.
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Fear not the subtitles, fellow Anglophones; Thomas Lilti’s Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2014) is worth the effort, and it will appeal especially to those who, like Lilti himself, are enthusiasts of American medical dramas House M.D. and E.R. Think Grey’s Anatomy, but with Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste) as a fresh-faced medical intern whose nascent career is subjected to the scrutiny of his father, esteemed physician Professor Barois (Jacques Gamblin).
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Thomas Lilti’s Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (Hippocrate, 2014) stars Vincent Lacoste as Benjamin Barois, a self-assured intern assigned to the Paris hospital where his father (Jacques Gamblin) works as a senior physician.
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