K. Gordon

Top Reviewer Ranking: 21
Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (348 of 398)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 21 - Total Helpful Votes: 348 of 398
Before Your Eyes
An admirable film, both in intent and execution, but one which somehow never had the devastating impact it's tragic story would seem to deserve.

Part of a long line of films showing the incredible hardships kids who are orphaned and left to the streets face (e.g. 'Pixote') in this case there is a powerful political facet as well. A middle- class Kurdish journalist and his wife are gunned down in front of their young children (a boy, a girl and an infant) by Turkish paramilitary troops seemingly bent on silencing political opposition. The children are left to fend for themselves, ending up out on the street before long. They are ignored by most before finally settling in with some… Read more
Influencia (La)
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, simple, moving, April 19 2014
A deeply moving and disturbing film about a young mothers decent into ever deeper depression and delusion, increasing leaving her two young children to fend for themselves and to try to make some sense out of what is happening to their mother. Paloma Morales is powerfully effective as the tortured mother, seeming dangerous at moments, heartbreakingly lost at others, and with a hope of normalcy now and again. With the films simple, spare, astringent style, as critics have noted there are echoes of Bresson and the Chantal Akerman of Jeanne Dielman, but this felt less self-conscious, more anchored in sad reality.

Frustratingly, for us non-French speakers, I've never been able… Read more
L'eau froide
I would have thought by now I couldn't be haunted by yet another film about teen-age lovers and outsiders. Yet Assayas' lovely and bleak "Cold Water" is a valuable entry into this crowded, but rarely truly insightful field.

It's 1972. Touching on class, racism and other issues, the film follows Christine and Gilles, who live on the outskirts of Paris. Both are delinquents, indulging in petty crime and feeling outside society. But while Gilles has at least some care and support at home, Christine has a father whose only reaction to her confusion and pain is to lock her away in mental institutions. It's hard to tell where Christine's vicious cycle began. She's clearly… Read more

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