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Review: Elena

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Andrei Zvyagintsev's film, a Special Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2011, becomes more than a domestic melodrama: a grim, effective allegory of the daily whirl in Putinland.
Domestic servitude
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 01, 2012
Cannes: Rust and Bone

Cannes turns 65 and shows no signs of retiring

Sixty-five is the age at which people think of retiring. Arguably the world's greatest film festival, Cannes — whose 65th edition began the day after beaming Socialist François Hollande was sworn in as President of France — has no such plans. This yea
Socialist security
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 25, 2012
Lisa Nesselson -- Cannes report #3: Trier today, gone tomorrow

Lisa Nesselson -- Cannes report #3: Trier today, gone tomorrow


 A THOUGHT FOR TODAY (cited on A-Word-A-Day by Anu Garg): "It is well to know something of the manners of various peoples, in order more...
By Peter Keough  |  May 21, 2011

End of the world movies we will miss because of the end of the world


 It's a shame that the world is ending May 21 because that means we'll miss some interesting end of the world movies. Not necessarily films...
By Peter Keough  |  May 18, 2011
Lisa Nesselson: Cannes report

Lisa Nesselson: Cannes report


The Cannes Film Festival started yesterday, and our crack correspondent Lisa Nesselson is on the scene. Here's her first dispatch: There are people who don't...
By Peter Keough  |  May 12, 2011

Four to watch for

These Cannes-debuting films will soon be appearing in your local neighborhood googleplex.
From Cannes to the multiplex
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010


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Review: A Prophet

Visionaries thrive behind bars: Dostoevsky, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X. "The truth is ugly," explains one would-be sage, Charles Manson. "So we put our prophets in prison."
Jacques Audiard's Scarface for the new millennium
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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Interview: Corneliu Porumboiu

"I chose to focus on the waiting parts — the things you're not used to seeing in classic movies. I cut out all the action."
Misplaced modifier: the director defines Police, Adjective
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 22, 2010
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Review: Araya

Margot Benacerraf's extraordinary Venezuelan documentary, among the finest ever made, shared the 1959 International Critics Prize at Cannes with Alain Resnais's Hiroshima, mon amour and then disappeared.
Benacerraf's classic documentary gets an anniversary showing
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 18, 2009

Crossword: ''You sound like L''

And so do these entries
And so do these entries
By MATT JONES  |  September 04, 2009
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Northern exposure

While New York is grittier, Los Angeles juicier, and Boston is wicked smahter, for some odd reason it is Montreal that, for two weeks every summer, becomes the epicenter of the comedy universe.
Four Boston funnymen tell some jokes at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival, and prove that comedy is more than just getting-r-done
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  July 31, 2009


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Review: Il divo

Luigi Pirandello's most famous work is a play about six characters in search of an author.
The 'life' of Giulio Andreotti
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 05, 2009
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Cannes job

Five goodies coming out of Cannes
Five films to watch for
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 29, 2009
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Review: Still Walking

By now, it's a bit of a cliché to compare the work of Hirokazu Koreeda to the masterful films of Yasujiro Ozu — something of which I've certainly been guilty.
Delightful
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009
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Dire Strait

If the selections in this year's Boston Turkish Film Festival are any indication, nobody in that country lives happily ever after these days.
Strained relations in the Boston Turkish Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 24, 2009
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Review: Serbis

There couldn't be a more promising set-up for a movie than the one in Brillante Mendoza's film: a family-run gay-porno-movie theater.
Does not do justice to the premise
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 25, 2009


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Review: Wendy and Lucy

It's a dog's life in Wendy and Lucy
It's a dog's life
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2009
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Review: Che

An ambitious, whole-hog, four-hour-plus bio-pic of Che Guevara, c'mon.
History lesson
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  January 13, 2009
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Interview: Ari Folman on Waltz with Bashir

Not long after I spoke with Ari Folman about Waltz with Bashir , a harrowing and black-comic animated memoir of his experience as an IDF soldier in the invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Israeli bombs fell on Gaza, in seeming anticipation of a ground offens
Song and dance
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 06, 2009
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An American Carol

A Michael Moore–esque documentarian changes his stars and stripes after trying to abolish the Fourth of July.  
A dissent-bashing tale
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 09, 2008
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Akin talks Turkey

Did he worry that it might sound like the name of an undiscovered Douglas Sirk film?
Cutting Edge of Heaven
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 25, 2008


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Jellyfish

The addition of this baby Botticelli will either charm or annoy you.
Israeli magic realism
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 07, 2008
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My Blueberry Nights

Three years after 2046 , Wong Kar-wai is not in love any more — and I for one am happy for him. Perfectionism can be exhausting for all involved.
Sexy but emotionally failing
By ROB NELSON  |  April 16, 2008
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Right to choose

“For all of us to have our own opinion, this is what I want. It’s not like telling people what to do.”
Interview: Cristian Mungiu takes his time with 4 Months
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 30, 2008
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Fetal positions

No surprise that Cristian Mungiu’s brilliant and brutal record of a day in the life of two distraught women failed to make even the Oscar short list of 10 for Best Foreign Language Film.
4 Months  refuses to come to terms
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 30, 2008
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Lost and found

Let’s Get Lost  is getting a deserved second act, with a restored 35mm print screening at the Brattle Theatre January 25 through February 7.
Bruce Weber’s portrait of Chet Baker
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 22, 2008


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La Voile

Apparently it was an American sailor who motivated La Voile — which means “the sail” — to move to Boston.
Sailing onto Newbury Street with authentic French food
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 16, 2008
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Iranian chick

At 38, Marjane Satrapi still resembles the kid in Persepolis , her autobiographical graphic-novel-turned-animated-film of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
An interview with Persepolis creator Marjane Satrapi
By ROB NELSON  |  January 10, 2008
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The anti-Ozu

You can draw the time line of the Japanese new wave in scores of different ways.
Shohei Imamura at the HFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 27, 2007
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The wasted land

Richard Kelly’s wildly ambitious and widely loathed Southland Tales now seems among the most believable works of film futurism ever made in this country.
Richard Kelly goes for broke in Southland Tales
By ROB NELSON  |  November 16, 2007