One of the most piercing distillations of paternal oppression and toxic masculinity I've ever seen, Mike de Leon's Kisapmata slithers its way under your skin, constructing a familial nightmare that mercilessly builds towards its finale. Abject authority only leads to violence. An incredible film that is structurally tense and progressively restricting traversing its narrative with a rich, subtextual underbelly. An incredible film that deserves to be seen.
An incisive, empathetic portrait of welfare in which assistance itself isn't viewed in any pejorative way. Rapturously portrays the dehumanizing nature of a system plagued by the marginalization intrinsic to bureaucracy and embedded with racism. Emotionally affecting, having such a great sense of dramatic escalation in a way that never feels contrived. Impeccable in its illustration of the entangled relationship between class, race, and gender-normative expectations in American society
The text of the film itself provides ample opportunities for variant readings - how past familial trauma can be transferred generationally, how society holds women to higher standards when it comes parenting, and how much property managers suck lol. A ghost story which effectively builds atmosphere and really features a phenomenal lead performance by Hitomi Kuroki. One could certainly argue the whole film is an ode to mothers.
"Maybe I should just give this whole thing up and go look for a job"
An absolutely deranged found-footage horror film that is difficult to properly qualify on initial approach. The documentary artifice is cunning and effective, subtextually crafting a rather vivid portrait of abject paranoia and how conspiracy theories manifest themselves. Salient in its exhibition of how some people grasp for meaning or purpose as a way to escape the banality of their existence, which makes the film's horror aspirations all the more effective in the back-half. Very funny in moments, largely due to the filmmaker at the center of this investigation having absolutely no social skills. An extremely clever repurposing of the found-footage horror film that had become increasingly derivative and stale over the years.
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