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A monthly focus on the profound impact of film. Artist Conie Vallese selects her five titles

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"The films below are ones I saw more than four times in my life for different reasons.
They are all strongly philosophical about the vicissitudes of human condition and their behaviour, these kind of films are the ones that stay with me hence they are visually beautiful and are by the best film directors of all time in my eyes and heart" (Conie Vallese)

 Cleo from 5 to 7 (1961) Agnes Varda

"Try freezing any frame of the scenes in her apartment and you will find perfect composition--perfect, but not calling attention to itself. In moving pictures, Varda has an ability to capture the essence of her characters not only through plot and dialogue, but even more in their placement in space and light. While many early New Wave films had a jaunty boldness of style, Varda in this film shows a sensibility to subtly developing emotions." (Roger Ebert)

Solaris (1971) Andrei Tarkovsky 

"The films of Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky are more like environments than entertainments. It's often said they're too long, but that's missing the point: He uses length and depth to slow us down, to edge us out of the velocity of our lives, to enter a zone of reverie and meditation. When he allows a sequence to continue for what seems like an unreasonable length, we have a choice. We can be bored, or we can use the interlude as an opportunity to consolidate what has gone before, and process it in terms of our own reflections." (Roger Ebert)

 Teorema (1968) Pier Paolo Pasolini 

“What felt most miraculous to me were the striking images Pasolini found to make his strange story so persuasive. Stamp seemed like some Apollo or Dionysus, and those falling under his spell appeared, very plausibly, to be utterly possessed. Theorem felt like a film which dealt – both seriously and semi-comically at the same time – with the spiritual and sensual, the physical and metaphysical. (Geoff Andrew BFI)