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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week, we dance our way through existential sadness, get happy by checking in with Udo Kier, take a seriously long holiday in Italy, stay wonderfully confused about what a conscripted cow is, and then throw it back to Russia in the early 80s for some pop pleasure.
Echoes - Pina - Pepper - Gem - Director
Echoes of 2011’s Pina pepper this gem from director Georgia Parris. This movie’s blending of deep, dramatic themes with expressive, emotive dance is devastating in how well it all works.
Charlotte (Bobbi Jene Smith), a successful contemporary dancer, is thriving in London. With her latest show just days away from opening night, she receives news that her grandmother, Mari (Paddy Glynn), is dying. Dropping everything, she heads to Dorset to join her mother (Phoebe Nicholls) and sister (Madeline Worrall), but on arrival she discovers she’s unexpectedly pregnant. Initially set on a termination, Charlotte starts to doubt herself as she watches her family contemplate losing their matriarch.
Use - Dance - Vehicle - Emotion - Works
The use of dance as a vehicle to express emotion works well in this trailer. This is such a tiny yet explosive movie, perhaps destined to come and slowly fade away from our cinematic memory just as soon as it bows. However, here’s to the filmmakers giving it the best chance possible to be seen.
Directors Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho have made something that not even I can adequately describe with a straight face.
Mixture - Bacurau - Town - Disappears
Described as a mixture of western, adventure and sci-fi, Bacurau is set in a small town in the Brazilian backlands that disappears from...
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