Film Selection 01: Pristine
FAR FROM HEAVEN (Todd Haynes, 2002)
Starring: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis
Friends of Cathy Whitaker believe she has all the ingredients for a perfect life. She almost believes it herself, missing nothing except for affection from her husband. When the truth is revealed, she stays resolute, despite her devastation. Amidst all this emotional upheaval, a man shows up and forces her to confront a territory of feelings she has yet to explore.
MUSTANG (Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015)
Starring: Elit İşcan, Tugba Sunguroglu, Erol Afsin, Ilayda Akdogan, Gunes Sensoy, Doga Doguslu
The burden of societal pressure weighs heavily upon these five sisters. They live in a world where they manage to remain immaculate and strong, unencumbered by the affliction brought on them by their own family.
POETRY (Lee Chang-dong, 2011)
Starring: Yoon Jeong-hee, Kim Hee-ra, Lee David, An Nae-sang, Yong-taek Kim
All she desires is to live a harmonious and thoughtful life, but the world keeps denying her wishes and instead presents her with ill fortune.
45 YEARS (Andrew Haigh, 2015)
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells, Richard Cunningham
Charlotte Rampling’s performance highlights the innocence of a bride, and how it gets lost in between attempts at fulfilling the promises of a marriage.
REPULSION (Roman Polanski, 1967)
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Yvonne Furneaux, Ian Hendry, John Fraser
This movie epitomizes how humans can possess the purity of another. In this thrilling picture, Catherine Deneuve as Carole is driven by the terror of civilization, and is consequently consumed by desire and lust.