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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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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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Review: Tokyo Sonata

J-horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) begins his timely, if atypical, tale with the downsizing of Japanese patriarch Ryuhei Sasaki from his administrative post.
An unexpectedly moving J-horror film
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 08, 2009
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Review: Wild Child

Like others who toil in the classroom (I’m a long-time film-studies professor at Suffolk University), I constantly fret over whether all those semesters of teacher talk have made a bona fide dent in students’ lives.
Learning curve, part I
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 04, 2009
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Review: The Class

Bégaudeau is a real-life teacher who penned a memoir, Entre les murs (the film’s original French title), about his time in the classroom.
Learning curve, part II
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 04, 2009
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Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 29, 2008


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Vers le Sud | Heading South

Laurent Cantet’s 2001 L’emploi du temps|Time Out is one of the best films of the decade. Vers le Sud is not.
A brittle indictment of Anglo naïveté and self-deception
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  August 02, 2006
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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