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7/10
Level Five
Dir: Chris Marker
1997

A very cerebral “film” which is structured between monologue and documentary. A woman speaks, alternating between memories of her recently deceased partner and the horrors of the Battle of Okinawa, accompanied by mass suicides. The film is saturated with layers of imagery and meaning, continually referring -both indirectly and directly- to Baudrillard’s philosophy, Resnais films, and post-modern constructions of identity and reality. Detail is paramount, both in creating the intellectual dialogue the film sparks with the viewer, and in giving an insight into Chris marker’s extraordinary vision of the world. (But hard work, both due to the saturation of content and to the slightly soporific effect of Catherine Belkhodja’s voice!)

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