Finding oneself in Kôji Fukada’s Au revoir l’été

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Kôji Fukada‘s Au revoir l’été is a sensuous coming-of-age film describing the tension between adolescence and adulthood. There’s also tension between the film’s two titles, the French Au revoir l’été (‘Goodbye Summer’) is romantic, but the Japanese Hotori no Sakuko (‘Sakuko on the Margin’) hints at the subtle subversions ahead.

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Three Colours: Red – fraternity and romance

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Three Colours: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) made in 1994 is the third film in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s ‘Three Colours Trilogy’. The trilogy discusses the French Republic’s three themes of: liberty, equality and fraternity, with Red focussing on fraternity.

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Three Colours: White – equality and comedy

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Three Colours: White (Trois couleurs: Blanc) made in 1994 is the second film in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s ‘Three Colours Trilogy’. The trilogy discusses the French Republic’s three themes of: liberty, equality and fraternity, with White focussing on equality.

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Three Colours: Blue – liberty and tragedy

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Three Colours: Blue (Trois couleurs: Bleu) made in 1993 is the first film in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s ‘Three Colours Trilogy’. The trilogy discusses the French Republic’s three themes of: liberty, equality and fraternity, with Blue focussing on liberty.

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Seeing red and seeing double in Zhang Yimou’s sensuous and symmetrical Raise the Red Lantern

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Zhang Yimou’s landmark 1991 film Raise the Red Lantern discusses themes of jealously, pragmatism and survival, set against a background of marital enslavement in China’s pre-Civl War Warlord era of the 1920s. The film’s story is told via a rich master’s fourth mistress Songlian, played by Gong Li.

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Ingmar Bergman’s The Silence – faith and fatalism

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The Silence (Tystnaden) made in 1963 is the third film in Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Silence of God’ trilogy. The film discusses similar themes of: faith, certainty and reduction to the trilogy’s other films: Through a Glass Darkly, and Winter Light.

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Ingmar Bergman’s Winter Light – faith and feeling

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Winter Light (Nattvardsgästernal) made in 1963 is the second film in Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Silence of God’ trilogy. The film discusses similar themes of: faith, certainty and reduction to the trilogy’s other films: Through a Glass Darkly, and The Silence.

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