"Phantom Love" (2007, Nina Menkes)

Phantom Love is director Nina Menkes' fourth full-length feature. In stunning black and white, it answers the question "What did you do all day?" as it follows a woman who watches the news, pets her cat, files her nails, gambles, and spends quality time with her significant other.

Other animals are shown, including an octopus poetically floating through the water and bees during a scene that is an homage to Snow White.

Phantom Love is interesting, Tarkovskian, delightful, and passionate. It's also a great example of what a filmmaker can do with a budget while still making it exhilarating. Ultimately, it's a look into what it's like to be a woman.


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