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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.
| June 01, 2012
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
| May 25, 2012
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...
| 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...
| May 18, 2011
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...
| 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
| May 28, 2010
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
| March 05, 2010
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
| January 22, 2010
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
| December 18, 2009
Crossword: ''You sound like L''
And so do these entries
And so do these entries
| September 04, 2009
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
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| July 31, 2009
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
| June 05, 2009
Five goodies coming out of Cannes
Five films to watch for
| May 29, 2009
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.
| April 17, 2009
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
| March 24, 2009
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
| February 25, 2009
Review: Wendy and Lucy
It's a dog's life in Wendy and Lucy
It's a dog's life
| January 20, 2009
An ambitious, whole-hog, four-hour-plus bio-pic of Che Guevara, c'mon.
| January 13, 2009
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
| January 06, 2009
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
| October 09, 2008
Akin talks Turkey
Did he worry that it might sound like the name of an undiscovered Douglas Sirk film?
Cutting Edge of Heaven
| June 25, 2008
The addition of this baby Botticelli will either charm or annoy you.
Israeli magic realism
| May 07, 2008
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
| April 16, 2008
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
| January 30, 2008
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
| January 30, 2008
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
| January 22, 2008
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
| January 16, 2008
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
| January 10, 2008
You can draw the time line of the Japanese new wave in scores of different ways.
Shohei Imamura at the HFA
| November 27, 2007
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
| November 16, 2007
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