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Combat (2006)

Unrated | | 16 February 2006 (Germany)
Told in three parts, Patrick Carpentier's "The Irregularity of the tearing" is a three part cine-diary on intimacy, sensuality and desire. Part one, "God is a Dog" (2004) is shot on Super 8... See full summary »

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Told in three parts, Patrick Carpentier's "The Irregularity of the tearing" is a three part cine-diary on intimacy, sensuality and desire. Part one, "God is a Dog" (2004) is shot on Super 8 and confronts the film makers remembrances of childhood memories and how they interact with his adult love encounters. Section two, "Les 9 mardis" (The 9 Tuesdays) (2005) deals with the absurdity of the passage of time. Time that reopens and closes past wounds, time the provides the courage to continue. The final installment is "Combat," winner of the 2006 Berlin Teddy Award for best gay film. The tale of two young men both deeply in love who can only express their feelings through acts of physical violence committed upon each other. Full moons and lush forests frame this deeply felt and moving love story between two beautiful, youthful men. In its entirety, "Combat" leaves the viewer with a sense of wonder and awe while contemplating the true meaning of love. Written by Mike Stimler

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The blur bitch project
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I saw this "film" recently at the Athens International Film Festival. Ordinarily i wouldn't mind its tediousness, blurriness, pompous post-dogma style of cheapness mixed with half baked structuralist psychological ravings but... But it has received the prestigious Teddy film award at the Berlin Film Festival and i wonder; What exactly did they have in mind when they gave it to a non-film ? what is so poetic or deep about shaken images looking like they were taken with a mobile phone video camera? Should we all go out and make our own mobile videos? i have a great idea about the Blair witch returning to haunt and spank art video directors.


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