Quarantine got you down? Bored and not sure what to watch in the coming weeks? We are proud to announce that The On The Clock Team has got you covered! Throughout the next couple of weeks, until we reach the safe sweet spot where we can finally recover from social distancing measures, we’ve got a list of great films, TV shows, and alternative content for you! Enjoy our fourth round of recommendations, and come back next week for more enlightening content. You can also always check our previous article!
DEAR PRUDENCE (2010)
Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski
Currently Streaming on Hoopla & Yuyu TV
Dear Prudence is a striking debut for Rebecca Zlotowski. Not originally planned for her to direct her own script, it’s a solid coming of age film that establishes the director’s signature gaze and use of female agency. Though her subsequent two films do not have female protagonists, her female leads gain the most attention even when their not the main focus of the film; revealing Zlotowski’s skill in writing complex characters. Dear Prudence is the beginning of multiple collaborations with Lea Seydoux, and it is known to be Zlotowski’s films that are credited with Seydoux’s rise in popularity. Following a teenage girl after the death of her mother, the film is a tale of friendship between two young women thrust into adulthood in the Parisian biker scene.
Seydoux’s character, Prudence, meets a rebel her age when left alone in her apartment orphaned on the cusp of adulthood, and is thrilled by the newfound excitement of the bikers as a distraction from her loss. The boys take advantage of how naive she is to this world, and slowly the alienation comes creeping back in. Alongside a gorgeous piano score, the dark, gritty visuals of the Paris streets are shot on celluloid. Zlotowski’s recurring eroticization of her female leads in order to reclaim their sensuality from male voyeurs for their own power is here in a strong start, as well as her consistent attention to atmosphere over tense plotting. – Sarah W
DERRY GIRLS (2018)
Created by Lisa McGee
Currently Streaming on Netflix & Channel 4
Being a teenager is hard enough as it is but being a teenager in the middle of a civil war is even worse. Lisa McGee intertwines the dark political undertones with the comedic daily lives of the five main characters in Derry Girls. There are blatant depictions of the trials and tribulations of the era, but the characters in the show treat it as if it’s perfectly normal and choose to get on with their lives. The writing and performances are the shining stars of the show. You never know what is going to happen or what the characters will even act upon next. Even though the seasons and episodes are relatively short, all the characters (even the reoccurring ones) are well rounded and have their own distinct personality. It’s raw, unpredictable, hilarious, and an absolute must watch! – Lilly Howe
WE ARE ONE – GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL (2020)
Directed by Multiple Filmmakers
Currently Streaming on Youtube (Starting This Friday)
The We Are One Global Film Festival officially launches on Youtube this weekend. There’s plenty of hidden gems and rarities, including the much anticipated return from Wakaliwood with Crazy World; a TIFF Midnight Madness selected piece of genre filmmaking taken place in the Ugandan slums that will ooze it’s audience into a world of anarchic chaos and hilarity. However, Wakaliwood’s extensive global impact and track record isn’t what I’m recommending to y’all today. There’s two unique short films in the Annecy Animation Short Film package which not only have I seen, but consider both as individual masterpieces of the cinematic medium.
The first short film is The Battle of San Romano; Georges Schwizgebel’s enchanting sub-five minute short adapted from Paolo Uccello’s original painting of the same name. Both a commentary on the anatomy of reckless violence and the cycles of consistent barbarity in war, Schwizgebel’s adaptation of the original painting gives both life and additional meaning to a pre-existing masterwork. The second short is Shannon Amen, a gorgeous and sobering recollection of the life of Shannon Jamieson; a Canadian-based poet & songwriter. A hybrid between documentary and fiction, this short film about sexual identity, grief, and the recollection of memory is a tragic piece of compassionate and loving filmmaking. A masterpiece of contemporary Canadian cinema, Dainty’s film is a heartbreaking venture into the psyche of an artist who left us too soon. – David Cuevas
The On The Clock Team will return next week with another batch of recommendations!