Monday, August 06, 2018



I booked 10 movies and I could not be happier than this. Watching movie always has a big part of my life and to have a chance to go to Melbourne International Film Festival, sit in the same room with people who share the same passion with me, where we enjoy (and cry!) the movie. This event is definitely something I'm so proud and grateful for.

We booked for 5 days on the weekend, couldn't make it for the special screenings or pre-events because of work duh, but we had so much fun! We were having blast during each day, each movie. There were some moments we cried together (and others at the cinema too!), laughed and most importantly, we loved every movie we watched. 

Here are some highlights from our first weekend! 
Day 1: Friday, 3 August 2018

Celeste (Australia)
Director: Ben Hackworth
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Romance

I found it hard to emotionally connect with the characters at first, but towards the end, the connection started to grow both with characters and the plotline. Celeste has the potential to be a powerful story but missed the element of surprise to make it more interesting to watch.

Rating: 3/5 

You Were Never Really Here (USA)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Joaquin Phoenix delivered the most psychotic character in a charming way. It's very easy to fall in love with his acting in this movie. His eye movement, gesture, and intonation add more depth to this twisted, intense story. From one scene to another, I felt terrified of him. The emotion was so palpable. There are some scenes that too hard for me to watch (because I'm scared of watching a thriller movie). Very well acted and delivered! 

Rating: 4/5

Day 2: Saturday, 4 August 2018 

Wildlife (USA)

Director: Paul Dano
Language: English
Genre: Drama

Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Ed Oxenbould gave us powerful acting. The movie itself is crafted beautifully! The story, the cinematography, the soundtrack, the directing. Everything I could ask for in a movie about one family. Award-winning worthy! 

Rating: 5/5 

Capharnaüm (Lebanon, USA)
Director: Nadine Labaki
Language: Arabic
Genre: Drama

This outstanding movie is simply one of the best movies I've ever watched in my entire life. The powerful story delivered in the most dazzling way. Beautifully written, acted and directed! So moving, intelligent and powerful story. The world needs more movie like this as brain food. There are so many great elements that build up this movie. Capharnaüm reminds me that movie is not only for joy but also to open our perspective about the world. 

Rating: 5/5 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (USA) 
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Language: English
Genre: Drama

Although the story is cliche, this movie is just very easy to enjoy and to relate to. The director has done a really great job to make a 'simple' story more meaningful, interesting and very enjoyable. 

Rating: 3/5

The Tale (USA) 
Director: Jennifer Fox
Language: English
Genre: Drama 

It is a very slow paced movie. From the beginning, this movie provided us so many details and mysteries that build up to be one giant tale. It felt like reading a novel instead of watching a movie. The story is so powerful and triggering, so be careful. Well written, well acted, well directed. 

Rating: 4/5 

Day 3: Sunday, 5 August 2018 

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (USA)

Director: Gus van Sant
Language: English
Genre: Drama, Comedy

I found some parts are very dull and boring, but half to the end of the movie, this movie began interesting and I kinda pulled the strings together to understand this whole movie. At first, I didn't understand what's the point of this movie, but toward the end, it made sense. 

Rating: 3/5 

Didn't have time to take some good quality pictures because I was too busy to enjoy the moment, but here are some snaps! 

Love, Vera

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