Level Five

2014

Level Five

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The cult favorite 1996 film centers around a video game developer named Laura, played with quiet intensity by Catherine Belkhodja. Working on a game about the Battle of Okinawa, she becomes increasingly drawn into her work an fascinated by the island's history: in the devastating WWII battle that preceded the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 150,000 Japanese were killed, many by suicide. (C) Icarus Films

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  • A poetic if occasionally opaque film essay on the 1945 Battle of Okinawa.

    September 26, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Like every other film Marker made, it's an exemplary and resonant address on the life of the mind and the life outside of that one.

    August 15, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Level Five," a passionate and cerebral science-fiction adventure ... belongs equally to the past, the present and the future.

    August 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A richly digressive, provocative meditation on the cross-currents of technology, engagement with history and wounded national identity ...

    August 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • By using Laura as an avatar, Marker actually helps us see the visuals and their knotty meanings much more clearly.

    August 12, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

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  • Despite its distinct outlook, however, Level Five's misplaced narrative priorities and dreadful structure are much more damning to the film's appeal.

    February 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Level Five

  • Aug 26, 2014
    With his hybrid film "Level Five," Chris Marker rambles on more than usual, especially the segments involving Laura(Catherine Belkhodja).(If anyone can tell me what the toy parrot is supposed to symbolize, I would appreciate it.) But once he finds his focus, he really gets on a roll, even anticipating the rise of the internet and Clint Eastwood's masterful diptych "Flags of Our Fathers/Letters from Iwo Jima," while warning about the temptation to rewrite history. The particular bit of history that Marker is obsessed with here is the Battle of Okinawa, the last battle of World War II and one of the most fatal ever, especially as applied to civilian populations. As he points out, the Japanese military authorities sacrificed this distant province in the hope that it would deter the Americans from invading. Instead, Marker claims it led directly to the dropping of the first atomic bombs. I disagree. I think the Americans would have dropped them anyway on Japan as they felt they had to show off their shiny new toys to the Soviet Union.
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