“God why have you created me so eternally dissatisfied? So bitter, so frightened? Why must I realize how wretched I am? Why must I suffer so hellishly for my insignificance?”
This is my number one film for the June by Ingmar Bergman. The film’s theme mainly revolves around characters’ common reaction against “God’s silence”. It contemplates of the existence of God, and a priest’s lack of faith in God, and his inner conflicts about it. The movie is based on really strong dialogues and it is mainly criticized for its lack of action. However I do believe that this movie is a must see.
The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
This movie is about a twisted relationship of a couple that involve in BDSM. Most people are very cruel towards this movie. Comments I read online consisted of the film’s weakness to propose a proper theme, and dialogues. I do not agree with comments because the beauty of this movie was its pure imagery by telling its message with minimal dialogues. By seemingly reversing the master and slave relationship the film perfectly explores the human relationships. Although the main concern of the film is the unwilling approach of one of the couples towards BDSM, it can be applied to every kind of relationship. Love is being willingly abused and to abuse each other.
Trans Europ Express (1966)
“True to form, the film concludes with a double ending, two successive jolts whose ostensible purpose is to reinforce in the minds of viewers that what they’ve just been watching was never anything more than a fiction.” This one slightly reminds The Duke of Burgundy with its similar theme of BDSM. The movie opens with the director Robbe-Grillet and his producer Paul Louyet, as they travel to Antwerp they are inspired by a headline on the newspaper, they begin to write a scenario for a movie. As they discuss on the movie, they record it on a tape and the audiences watch what they narrate simultaneously. Although I am not a fan of black and white movies I surely do advise this one for you to watch in June. Meeting this movie on Slant Magazine I read a beautiful review of the movie “Women In Chains Alain Robbe-Grillet’sTrans-Europ-Express and Successive Sliding of Pleasure” by Budd Wilkins. After watching this movie I highly recommend you to read it.
99 Francs (2007)
99 Francs was really one of my favorite movies this month. A very successful advertisement employee is really bothered by the unnaturalness of the advertisement industry and he slowly moves towards his destruction in his journey of deconstructing the advertisement industry. 99 Francs is a really beautiful movie that explores what advertisement industry proposes people as “real”. I do not have much to say about this movie you should see it yourself!
Bigger Than Life (1956)
“God was wrong.”
With James Mason’s awesome acting this movie is surely your must watch on June. After an illness, Ed Evary (James Mason) is diagnosed arterial disease. He is prescribed cortisone, which he will later use on high dosages. Due to his misuse of cortisone, he slowly experiences mental disturbance that affects his family.
Boyhood is a twelve-year project by Richard Linklater. The audience watch fragmented scenes “milestones” of Mason’s (Ellar Coltrane) and his sister Samantha’s (Lorelei Linklater) life. It is “filmed with the same cast in the course of 12 years”. What is so striking about this movie is, it is so realistic in the sense that we literally watch the characters age naturally. The movie seems to turn around no plot but it actually contemplates on such things as existence, familial bonds, family, the nature of relationships, and life itself. So this is why this movie was one of the best movies I watched this June. I also LOVED the soundtracks of this movie so here is Spotify link if you want to take a look: https://open.spotify.com/album/5YNFbVmXXCAM9tgzbgmuqV
Frances Ha (2012)
Frances, who is not a very talented dancer, tries to establish a stable life however she faces many unfortunate events in her career and relationship life. What is beautiful about this movie is it thickens around the theme of failure and ambition. I am sure Frances Ha will make you think of your own story of failure and success.
Inherent Vice (2014)
It is a film directed and written by Paul Thomas Anderson. Larry –Doc- Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) who is a private detective explores the disappearance of his girlfriend however Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) he finds himself in such a strange environment that is led by drugs and “hippie” lifestyle. It was such a strange movie that I had to rewind it so many times to make sure I am not misunderstanding it. However, my conclusion is that movie’s purpose was to give an uncanny and ambiguous atmosphere to the audience.
That Obscure Object Of Desire (1977)
After drenching a woman with a bucket of water the main character Frenchman Mathieu (Fernando Rey) explains his strange act to the passengers. He is obsessed by a flamenco dancer, who for a day worked at his house as a maid. The 18 year old girl Conchita is alternately played by two actresses (Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina) to reflect the character’s inconsistency in herself and her multiple personalities: the innocent virgin lover and the evil manipulative girl.
This movie mainly thickens around the nature of objects of desires and how desperately we pursue them. I have really mixed feelings about this movie. I know I liked it very much but there were times that I get bored while watching it. However, I liked how it depicted the mood swings of the main character, Conchita. It is on my list of recommendation for you.