Duck Butter (2018)

Duck Butter
Director: Miguel Arteta
Writer: Miguel Arteta, Alia Shawkat
Cast: Alia Shawkat, Laia Costa, Mae Whitman, Hong Chau, Kate Berlant, Kumail Nanjiani, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Lindsay Burdge
Seen on: 20.4.2020

Plot:
Naima (Alia Shawkat) and Sergio (Laia Costa) meet by chance at a night club and have a great evening/night together. As they talk, they come up with the idea to fast-forward through their relationship to see if it is meant to be by spending 24hours together without sleep – but with sex every hour. Naima hesitates at first and says she can’t because she has to work as an actress, but when she gets fired, she returns to Sergio and the two actually do give it a try.

Duck Butter is very much an American independent movie – how much that is or isn’t up you alley is probably a matter of taste. I did enjoy it for the most part, but the ending rubbed me the wrong way.

The film poster showing a drawing of almost just the eyes of Naima (Alia Shawkat) and Sergio (Laia Costa).

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Piercing (2018)

Piercing
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Writer: Nicolas Pesce
Based on: Ryû Murakami‘s novel
Cast: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2018
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Plot:
Reed (Christopher Abbott) has a wife (Laia Costa), a baby and a pretty good life. Unable to shake the urge to kill, though, one night, he has to leave them: he wants to hire an escort and plans to kill her. He finds Jackie (Mia Wasikowska) who is taken in by his good looks and charm, so his plan is off to a good start. But things do take a different turn than he anticipated.

Piercing is a strange film. It’s fucked up, but it’s also very romantic in a way. Whatever it is, I was completely engrossed in it.

The film poster showing Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott.

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Victoria (2015)

Victoria
Director: Sebastian Schipper
Writer: Sebastian Schipper, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Eike Frederik Schulz
Cast: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff, André Hennicke
Seen on: 19.8.2015

Plot:
Victoria (Laia Costa) is out dancing alone. As she is about to leave the club, she meets Sonne (Frederick Lau) and his friends Boxer (Franz Rogowski), Blinker (Burak Yigit) and Fuß (Max Mauff), whose birthday they’re celebrating. Somehow Victoria gets sucked into their party and their night. But Boxer has a heavy past and its about to catch up with them – with unforseeable consequences.

Victoria has garnered quite some fame due to the fact that it was shot in a single take. And while the execution of that concept is brilliant, the story and the characters are not.

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