FC @ Venice 8: Joaquin Phoenix in ‘The Sisters Brothers’, ‘Charlie Says’, ‘La Quietud’

Posted on September 5, 2018

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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is reportedly centered on the Manson Family murders. Mary Harron’s Charlie Says is less about the murders, more about Manson’s family, especially the women. The film’s title is a manifestation of how brainwashed this bunch was, how absurdly subservient and accepting. If they take a day off on the farm, where the cult resides, it’s because “Charlie says… it’s not a day for working, so we are just being today.” If they are forbidden to read any books except the Bible, it’s because “Charlie says… authors are evil. They’re always trying to play mind tricks on readers.” When Lulu (Hannah Murray), Sadie (Marianne Rendón) and Katie (Sosie Bacon) end up in prison after the spree of killings whose victims included Sharon Tate, a graduate student named Karlene Faith (Merritt Wever), who’s trying to deprogram them, cuts them off when they begin to say, “Charlie says…” She asks, “But what do you think?”

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