Elements Cinema

a film blog interested in learning through films, categorizing them by mood, atmosphere, topics and how they influence you rather than by use of genres

Heavy fumes

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

It starts with a close-up of two cuddling bodies, covered in substance which at first glance reminds of  chemical burns, then is just a sand and then a constellation. “You have seen nothing in Hiroshima, ” – the narrator keeps on repeating while the viewer goes through more and more of awful imagery. Shots of destroyed Hiroshima,..
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Earthy things

Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)

For some unexplainable reasons left a very sad feeling behind of something unresolved and unresolvable. The whole atmosphere of one of the first scenes  when   after staying at some kind of a fisherman wagon he drives on the crispy crunchy  snow, or when he carries wordless child on his back, and this creepy snowman.. but..
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Airy matters

Caravaggio (1986)

Probably the most easily watchable Jarman movie so far.  Though it definitely has something of the dream like texture of Angelic Conversation , it gives you more a ‘film with a plot’ experience. A lot of bodily sculpture-like beauty. The movie colours felt similar to the Caravaggio paintings. Though the latter might have been caused..
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Heavy fumes

La Isla Minima | Marshland (2014)

One old and one young policeman (both with a moustache) try to solve a disappearance of two teens in the 80’s in Spanish countryside. Quite gloomy but also exciting watch. I mean you have raped teenagers in abandoned yacht club, but also hypnotising helicopter shots leading you to future-telling fishermen in picturesque nowhere. However they..
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Airy matters

Days of Eclipse |Dni zatmeniya (1988)

A young Russian doctor is sent to work in a faraway town in Turkmenistan (part of USSR back then). Faced with foreign and sometimes hostile surroundings, people and culture he tries to work and write medical research. It gets harder every day with reality getting more and more distorted by the hot climate and mystical..
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