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MARCH - REWIND

A list of the movies I consider are the most worth-watching from the films I saw during the month, including both new films and re-watches. 

1964 - Marriage Italian Style by Vittorio De Sica

1967 - Oh Sun by Med Hondo

1971 - Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets by Shûji Terayama

1991 - A Brighter Summer Day by Edward Yang

1996 - Voices Through Time by Franco Piavoli

1998 - Life on Earth by Abderrahmane Sissako

2000 - Together by Lukas Moodysson

2007 - The Mourning Forest by Naomi Kawase

2013 - When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism by Corneliu Porumboiu

2014 - Mommy by Xavier Dolan

Also worth watching: The Tribe, a film entirely in sign language.

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“I just wanted to shoot portrait aspect ratio that would allow me to be very close to characters, avoid distractions to the left and right of the frame and have the audience look the characters right in the eye. I know a lot of people are saying, ‘Oh, 1:1, how pretentious,’ but for me, it seems a more humble and private format, a little more fitting to these lives we’re diving into.” - Xavier Dolan on Mommy’s aspect ratio.

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I wanted to have music that made sense for the characters, emotionally speaking. It’s music that would elicit emotion without trying too hard. The music all comes from this mix-tape that’s been given by the father. Steve’s father made a mix-tape based on whatever songs they heard while driving on a road trip in California. The three of them went on this road trip before he died and he made a mix-tape with all the songs from that road trip. That’s what Die explains in that Celine Dion scene. That’s where the songs come from. It’s a way to use music that’s diagetic. It’s not me playing music on the film. It’s music playing in the film. The characters are in sole control of that soundtrack. - Xavier Dolan