A Shyamalan enthusiast is struggling mightily to come to terms with the conundrum of The Happening, a split identity film that swings wildly between excellence, rampant quirkiness and unchecked hysteria.
A guide to the many powerful suicide scenes, including the brilliant, icily electrifying opening where normality turns into nightmare. Plus motifs, visual ideas and references to earlier Shyamalan works.
«Her life as a mother dictated what spaces she would film in. Her feminist I takes place in the film, in the frame, behind and within the camera. Her installations are inhabitable, a shed of cinema to walk through and be within.»
A final look at M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, this time its formal approach with a special emphasis on his inventive use of point-of-view shots, stealthy camera movements, overhead and underhead shots, and many other subtleties.
This Disney film is remarkably dark and sophisticated for this company, made during a brief period of a more adult approach to their live action family films. 11-year-old Fairuza Balk is absolutely enchanting as the resourceful heroine.
Our in-depth look at M. Night Shyamalan’s early films continues with Unbreakable: perhaps the only mainstream Hollywood formalist film, a mass-market movie approached with an unrelenting European art film sensibility.
Film fra sør 2017: Den iranske regissøren Mohammad Rasoulof nektes utreise fra Iran for å besøke Oslo med sin nye film Mannen mot strømmen, og i samtale med Montages utbroderer den viljesterke filmskaperen om sin situasjon.
The cat-and-mouse sessions between psychiatrist and patient form a thrilling acting laboratory, where M. Night Shyamalan’s fundamentally static set-ups are done with rigour and discreet invention. Bonus: film references.
With the artistic, commercial and critical success of his two latest films, it is about time to soberly unearth the very real qualities of M. Night Shyamalan’s disproportionally maligned middle period.
A return to this severely under-appreciated film, for its discussion of storytelling, interpretation, film criticism, artificiality, stylisation, interconnectedness – and whether stories can become real.
Film fra Sør 2013: Den thailandske Gullpalme-vinneren og multikunstneren Apichatpong Weerasethakul er æresgjest under årets Film fra Sør. Vi tok en prat med filmskaperen om hans forhold til kunsten og livet. Og filmkultur. 
Montages har besøkt den 40. utgaven av New Directors/New Films, som viser det beste av ny internasjonal film fra første- og andregangsregissører. I år inkluderte det bl.a. Sykt lykkelig og regissør Anne Sewitsky.