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Posthumous (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 16 October 2014 (Germany)
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After false reports of his demise put him and his work on the map, an artist decides to continue the charade by posing as his own brother. Soon, a reporter enters his life and has a profound effect on him.

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Lulu Wang

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Lulu Wang (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Brit Marling ... McKenzie Grain
Jack Huston ... Liam Price
Lambert Wilson ... Daniel S. Volpe
Tom Schilling ... Ben
Alexander Fehling ... Erik Alder
Nikolai Kinski ... Kaleb Moo
Martin Stange ... Detective
Oleg Tikhomirov ... Waiter
Anja Karmanski ... Galerist
Harald Siebler ... Arman Rubell
Peer Martiny ... Curator 2
Joost Siedhoff Joost Siedhoff ... Landlord
Pamela Knaack Pamela Knaack ... Camille Seekamp
Viviane Bartsch Viviane Bartsch ... Hostess (as Vivian Daniel)
Bogdan Tomassini-Buechner Bogdan Tomassini-Buechner ... Magistrate
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After false reports of his demise put him and his work on the map, an artist decides to continue the charade by posing as his own brother. Soon, a reporter enters his life and has a profound effect on him.

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He showed her a new world. But Destiny has its own way. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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It is impossible to see the Southern Cross constellation (Crux) in Europe. This asterism is the most familiar star pattern in southern hemisphere and you can only see it from northern hemisphere in tropical latitudes, near the horizon and in certain seasons of the year. (Scene where Liam looking the night sky from the bench). See more »

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McKenzie Grain: he's become more valuable. Everybody likes him.
Liam Price: I don't give a shit what everybody likes. It's not about being liked.it's about feeling something. Anything, our whole world has become so disconnected from any real emotion, we barely even communicate anymore.
Liam Price: We're just a bunch of liars, we lie to each other, we lie to ourselves. we don't say how we really feel, God forbid who we really are, because we're too bloody scared.
Liam Price: instead, we just try to be liked. it's terrible.
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Performed by Coma
Written and composed by Marius Bubat, Georg Conrad
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A film showing how to develop a brand...
29 July 2020 | by ulisses_phoenixSee all my reviews

Told within the setting of the subculture of the art world, this film uses the standard RomCom formula to unfold its story. All the elements of that well-defined genre are present in this film -- the only deviation from the normal course of development is the way the preexisting relationship ends.

This would have been a great, entertaining film if it where not for the fact that it was an entirely white cast. No black characters at all. Not one. Just a few seconds (literally seconds) of black background extras and most of them were partially obscured. If this were the 1950's that might be expected, but in the 21st century it's an inexcusable racial bias that totally ruined this film.

The film opens with the protagonist doing voice-over talking about bee colony collapse syndrome. Although the subject is referred to later on with respect to the male lead's art, I have no idea what bee colony collapse has to do with this film. It's obviously some kind of metaphor but I have no idea what it means -- perhaps something to do with the birds and the bees? In any case it was not made clear in the film, at least not to me.

One noticeable aspect about the relationship between the protagonists was how subtly manipulative they were. Both of them were deceitful towards each other, pretending to be something they weren't or pretending not to know what they did know in order to get what they wanted -- and each of them used subtle extortion to hook the other into the new relationship. And as these two were pulling each other's chain, a subplot about the underhanded development of the guy's art career was unfolding. I suppose it's fitting that the story is set in the art world, possibly the most pretentious subculture on the planet (second only to film critics, of course!).

Technically, the film was very good. The cinematography was great, the score was excellent, and the acting was pretty good. The dialogue was not as simple-minded as you find in a typical RomCom, and character/plot development was relatively smooth. The humor was not a laugh-out-loud type of humor, but more of a witty, entertaining type of humor. But that racial bias in the cast -- that really sunk the film. I would have given it a rating of 8, but because of the racial bias, it gets a 6.

Advisory: textual content ~180 wpm, racial bias in the composition of the cast.

Rating: 6/10, (submitted July 28, 2020, 9:30 p.m. EDT)


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