Aug. 26th, 2009

norwegianwood: (Disney-Enchanted)

Year: 2009
Directed by: Henry Selick
Seen in: August 2009
Rating: ★★★★★
My thoughts: Coraline is incredibly well made! You can just tell there was so much effort in the animation and in every little detail, and the result is a film which is captivating, cute, visually stimulating but also beautifully dark and gripping. It was a long time since a film of this type had involved me so much, and the reason is that the characters are amazing, funny but also a little disturbing, and until the end you just can't quite understand what it is that is wrong. The film has great images, a wonderful atmosphere, an original plot and fantastic characters, and is definitely very unique in its genre :)
norwegianwood: Polaroid (Stock-Polaroid)

Year: 2009
Directed by: Giovanni Veronesi
Seen in: August 2009
Rating: ★★★★★
My thoughts: This film really surprised me and made me think a lot. I wish there was a copy with English subtitles available out there, because it doesn't really feel like an Italian film, it's really well done and has a great message to give. I love that it's divided in two parts, as there are two stories which are completely apart and separated one from the other, but which are both about Italians going abroad for different reasons, and the way they are seen from foreigners. I love how this film puts all these stereotypes in relevance and makes you think about this little country in a different way, even if you belong there. As an Italian living abroad, this film really touched me and moved me :) The acting was surprisingly great as well, and the soundtrack was just perfect, with Negramaro's version of the beautiful Meraviglioso as a final touch.

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