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Ela Bittencourt

Ela Bittencourt
Ela Bittencourt's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Slant Magazine, Movie Mezzanine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
74% We Are the Flesh (Tenemos la carne) (2017) Emiliano Rocha Minter evokes human desire, unfettered by social mores, as the supreme expression of all the world's evil. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2016
No Score Yet Anti-Porno (Anti-Porn) (2016) Cruelty, masochism, parental abuse (in the painter's flashbacks) and schadenfreude of all kinds fuel this feverish op-art dream that turns on us at every corner. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2016
92% Demon (2016) For a tale of repressed guilt, Demon sparkles with humor, reveling in the macabre. ‐ Film Comment Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2016
3/4 95% Neither Heaven nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) (2016) Shot on digital video and emblazoned with such impressionistic effects as the visions captured by a night-vision camera, Neither Heaven Nor Earth is a contemporary ghost story that's both unabashedly mystical and thrillingly pulpy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 29, 2016
87% Mia Madre (2016) The film is a carefully measured and satisfying, albeit occasionally deaf-tone, suite of fleeting, dispersed impressions. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 27, 2015
100% Something Better To Come (2015) With a few painterly strokes, Hanna Polak's camera powerfully evokes the dump's hellish dimension. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2015
3.5/4 100% The Vanquishing Of The Witch Baba Yaga (2014) The film becomes akin to variations on a theme, executed with visual finesse, and enhanced by its many rich textures. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 12, 2014
3/4 100% Burning Bush (2014) The decentralized narrative benefits from the film's original conception as a miniseries, with plenty of time to draw us into the morass that was the communist state. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 8, 2014
3.5/4 83% Soft In The Head (2014) Nathan Silver captures the young-adult experience, particularly the agony of first sexual pangs, in films that deftly mix beguilement and repulsion. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 17, 2014
3/4 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) But whereas female sexuality was borderline vampiric in Antichrist, this time we're in more ambiguous, contextually richer terrain, where desire is complicated not only by love, but also by a deep need for self-determination, and pride. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2014
60% Papusza (2014) Papusza is at its most enthralling in some of the flashbacks, where we glimpse the heroine as an agent of her own fate. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2.5/4 82% Aftermath (2013) The film isn't so much about the moral atrophy of people who refuse to come to terms with their past as it is about cosmic karma passed from fathers to sons like an ancient curse. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2013
3/4 87% Abuse of Weakness (2014) Catherine Breillat's scripting of Maud as fatally distant from her family, willfully independent, but more believably abandoned, is haunting. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2013
96% The Last of the Unjust (2014) Claude Lanzmann's film doesn't so much strive to elucidate the Shoah as to draw us into its infinite moral complexities. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2013
2.5/4 70% American Promise (2013) The documentary's lack of a cohesive thesis may frustrate at times, but its power lies in its exposition of the mundane. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2013
2.5/4 64% Far From Vietnam (Loin du Vietnam) (1967) Most problematic is the way in which the Vietnamese are romanticized, as if they had not fought for their livelihoods and land, visceral and specific, but for ideals alone. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 24, 2013
No Score Yet Róza (Rose) (2011) Wojciech Smarzowski's film is at times so brutal that its more tender touches can startle. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Apr 26, 2013
2.5/4 63% Philip Roth: Unmasked (2013) In spite of the film's exhaustive chronology, those who deduce from its title that they're in for an unveiling, or an unraveling, of a major literary figure may come out empty-handed. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 13, 2013
56% Aus dem Leben der Marionetten (From the Life of the Marionettes) (1980) It's in those fully imagined marital fights that the film sheds it straightjacket of alternating plot twists, and lets the richer, more mournful emotions creep in. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Feb 21, 2013
2.5/4 56% La Rafle (2012) Sentimentality may make the movie's agony more digestible, but its darkness resists any glossing over of what isn't only France's, but Europe's painful legacy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2012
3.5/4 94% Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012) Ben Shapiro's goal isn't so much a comprehensive biopic as an in-the-moment snapshot of creative fervent. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2012
4/4 79% The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) (1980) In Volker Schlöndorff's restored version of his 1979 classic, Oskar Matzerath emerges as a tragic anti-hero, whose lustful imagination and prodigious magical gifts can't shield him from the juggernaut of war. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2012
4/4 75% Daisies (2012) The film's daisies are young girls who have reached pubescence, and are fully aware of their sexual power, but aren't ready to embrace it, so they test it first. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 3, 2012
2/4 55% A Burning Hot Summer (2012) The Louis Garrel character's mixture of self-containment and alleged possessiveness over his wife fails to convince, if not to irritate. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 25, 2012
99% The Invisible War (2012) Kirby Dick shows a great commitment to the stories of individual women ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jun 13, 2012
3.5/4 98% Oslo, August 31st (2012) The evocation of things ending suffuses the film with melancholy, as Anders increasingly becomes an observant rather than a participant in his own life. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2012
2.5/4 92% O Som ao Redor (Neighbouring Sounds) (2012) Kleber Mendonça Filho's Neighboring Sounds is a film one would love to like. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 19, 2012
No Score Yet Mortem (2013) Watching Mortem, I was reminded that the noir genre is a rich depository of minor pleasures. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Feb 24, 2012