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Review: Amour

The master of bleakness, depravity, and bitter irony Michael Haneke has at last made an unabashedly romantic love story, and his most upbeat movie to date.
Amour is less
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2013
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
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Review: Dogtooth

Home schooling takes a hit in Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos's bizarre, chilling parable.
Both absurd and creepy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 30, 2010
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Heroine chic

One of the more satisfying moments in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) occurs when 13-year-old Hermione (Emma Watson) unloads a right hook that staggers the villainous Malfoy. “That felt good,” she says, pleased with herself. “Not good,”
Hollywood cashes in on girl power
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010
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Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock

Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon starts with a black screen and an old man's voice (Ernst Jacobi, who played Hitler in Jan Troell's Hamsun and in a BBC mini-series) relating a series of mysterious accidents and crimes that occurred in the German village where he w
Children of the götterdämmerung: Shades of gray in Michael Haneke's White Ribbon
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 15, 2010


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Lite at the end of the tunnel?

If you had enough of the end of the world with 2012 , you might be relieved when it comes to 2010.
Fun and games in post-apocalyptic Hollywood
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 01, 2010
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Cannes goods

Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
Tarantino, Antichrist , and well-lit genitalia show why the French film festival is like no other
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 29, 2009
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Year in Film: Risky business

Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 22, 2008
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Cherchez les femmes

Women have always dominated French cinema — just not from behind the camera.
Women dominate the 13th Annual Boston French Film Festival
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 01, 2008
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The most dangerous Games

Although it has only one really graphic moment of violence, Michael Haneke’s Funny Games probably distresses audiences more than the torture porn in the Saw and Hostel series.
Michael Haneke’s thriller still feels Funny
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2008


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The medium is the movie

In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008
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The play’s the thing

A couple of weeks ago at the Oscars, the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film to go to an Austrian went to the wrong filmmaker.
 Interview: Michael Haneke on the rules of his Games
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2008
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Funny frames

The seemingly endless final shot of Michael Haneke’s  CACHÉ|HIDDEN  might have shocked some viewers into an almost forgotten skill: watching.
The films of Michael Haneke at the HFA and MFA
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2007
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Critical lapses

Am I the only film critic with this vainglorious dream?
When the reviewer becomes the reviewee
By GERALD PEARY  |  August 22, 2007
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Comme ci, comme ça

The menu bops between feel-good indies and full-on commercial fare, with a few seasoned auteur numbers thrown in like rosemary twigs.
No wave in sight at the Boston French Film Festival
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  July 10, 2007


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The good Germans

It’s 1984. The Ruling Party monitors its citizenship, its minute observations allowing the “others” to be categorized –– and persecuted. Watch the trailer for The Lives of Others (YouTube)
Breaking through to The Lives of Others
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 14, 2007
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Lemming

Combining the generic precision of Claude Chabrol and the perversity of Michael Haneke, Dominik Moll makes some of the creepiest films in Europe.
A red herring
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 19, 2006
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The Arab street

Watching the news lately, you can’t help thinking that nobody has an idea what’s going on in the Arab and Islamic world.
Merzak Allouache’s other world at the HFA  
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 23, 2006
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Politics as usual?

Conspiracy, corruption, catastrophe — politics and world events sure can be exciting. Even the mainstream news is taking an interest.
Or will Hollywood cover the issues in 2006?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2006
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Hidden agenda

Surveillance meshes unnoticed with the fabric of everyday life with unsettling formal wit in the beginning of Michael Haneke’s Caché .
Caché plays forbidden games
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 11, 2006