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Review: White Material

The title refers both to the cheap metal substituted for gold and to the French property owners in an unnamed African country convulsed by civil war.
Claire Denis revisits her themes of the legacy of colonialism and the intricacy of racial relationships
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 26, 2010
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Unmitigated Gaul

The French pride themselves on their revolutionary spirit, no less in film than in politics.
Rogues and rebels in the Boston French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 02, 2010
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Cinema paradisos

Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010
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Review: 35 Shots of Rum

Most American filmmakers would focus on the multicultural aspect of 35 Shots of Rum — Claire Denis takes it for granted that her characters are immigrants and doesn’t turn her film into a political discussion.
Claire Denis's film goes down smooth, but with a subtle kick
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 30, 2009
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(10) days of celluloid

Among the many treats at last year's Maine International Film Festival were a future Oscar winner (James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire ) and one of the biggest art-house hits of 2008 (Scandinavian teen-vampire flick Let the Right One In ).
From the gridiron to gritty realism at the Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 10, 2009
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French disconnections

Last year's Boston French Film Festival featured Claude Chabrol's A Girl Cut in Two , and that, combined with this year's Chris Marker retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive and Agnès Varda's fine new The Beaches of Agnès , made it seem almost plau
The new-wavers at the French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2009


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Shock value

Moviegoers seeking release from the increasingly unavoidable escapism of superhero movies will find much to enjoy in the 11th Boston French Film Festival.
The 11th Boston French Film Festival  
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  July 05, 2006
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No fooling

Congratulations, Robert Altman.
Gerry’s Magnificent Seven; Lie with Me
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 21, 2006
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All-American?

Flash back to Cannes, 2003, the press conference for Dogville . Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier leaned toward his superstar lead, Nicole Kidman, and put her on the spot before the international press.
Lars von Trier at Cannes 2005
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 15, 2006
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Drifting

French filmmaker Claire Denis has acknowledged that a host of sources inspired L’intrus|The Intruder (January 25–February 9 at the MFA), the tale of a sickly, reclusive Frenchman, Louis Trebor (Michel Subor), who after paying hard cash and buying
Claire Denis’s L’intrus
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 19, 2006