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

Leviathan (2012)

Documentary about industrial fishery shot somewhere in the North Atlantic. Shot by cameras attached to random places all over the ship, and it’s wet, and it’s dark and it’s sleazy fish-heads. Nothing sea-romantic here. People look tired and no wonder – the job is harsh and machine like and so are the conditions. Leviathan –..
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Earthy things

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Obviously life of a folk musician in a New York winter of 1961 is not too easy. Llewyn tries hard to earn his living, but so far he does not even have a winter coat. And oh well his personal life is also not too perfect. Often quite funny it sometimes has almost David Lynch..
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Deep waters

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Mike lives on the streets of Portland. He’s a hustler. A hustler with narcolepsy, a neurological sleep disorder caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. Affected by strong emotions narcoleptics may experience  a sudden muscular weakness, and suddenly literally  fall into deep sleep. His friend Scott does the same, but mostly to annoy..
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Heavy fumes

Camille Claudel 1915 | (2013)

The film depicts  Camille Claudel (1864 – 1943), a French sculptor,  awaiting for her brother’s visit at a psychiatric hospital in Montdevergues  (Vaucluse). Camille Claudel (Juliette Binoche) was committed to a mental assalym at her family request, as the end of relationship with her teacher and lover Auguste Rodin affected her mental health. She has panic..
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Earthy things

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

South Africa, 70’s. Every household just as likely had this record on the shelf as they had Beatles “Abbey Road”. It became a soundtrack to the Anti-Apartheid Movement and overcame Elvis in popularity. The strange thing is – nobody knew anything about the author, besides that he’s from US. And it’s not so easy to..
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Earthy things

Tokyo Sonata (2008)

Due to the economic crisis hitting Japan, a lot of people get downsized and fired. Ryûhei Sasaki, who is one of them,clears his working table into a plastic bag and brings his wife the last paycheck of his well-payed management job. Being ashamed of the situation he hides the truth from her and pretends to be still..
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Airy matters

Mars et Avril (2012)

A Canadian science fiction movie with a slight philosophical context, made with a low budget and a high amount of creativity. An old charismatic musician, living in a kiber-punk future,  plays on the instruments inspired by a women’s body and once falls in love with his muse. The instruments are designed by his friend Arthur, whose..
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