Israeli director Ada Ushpiz applies the argument that “the personal is political” to Hannah Arendt’s life to understand her perceptions and to provide context for the controversy over Eichmann in Jerusalem.
Cinematographer Francesco di Giacomo never lets an amazing shot go to waste, whether in sumptuous interiors or starkly beautiful landscapes. He is a master of chiaroscuro, rich texture, and, above all, framing.
In this roundup: the powerful, timely National Bird; Memories of a Penitent Heart, an intimate family portrait and a mystery; Sam Neill as a crusty old codger; and the charming, low-key Don’t Think Twice.
This coming-of-middle-age film gives us a hero who has nothing and plops him in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert. It becomes a subtle examination of aging and alienation that isn’t afraid to laugh at itself.